Amid a Rotten Year for Retail, L.A. Got Some New Places to Shop

Despite the rising tide of businesses forced to close this year, a surprising number of new shops weathered the storm and opened new outposts in L.A.

COVID has wreaked havoc on the city’s retail scene. Some local faves, like Trina Turk, were forced to downsize, closing several locations across the city, while others, like Glossier and Planet Blue, have permanently shuttered all of their storefronts. According to a recent Yelp survey, more than 15,000 Los Angeles-area businesses have closed, with half of them going under for good. But despite the grim outlook, a few L.A. brands and major retailers have opened new outposts. We’ve rounded up some newbies breaking ground and notables extending their empires.

Elyse Walker

The fashionista favorite known for its just-off-the-runway pieces and hard-to-find designer labels is adding another store to its roster of shops in Pacific Palisades, Lido Marina Village, and Newport Beach. Walker’s latest storefront is set to open in Calabasas this spring, conveniently located next to a cluster of Kardashians. 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas. 

Herman Miller

Until recently, if you coveted one of Herman Miller’s timeless office chairs or desks, you had to track down one of the city’s few authorized dealers or take your chances purchasing online. But the modern American furniture design house has just opened a sprawling showroom in Century City, where style-conscious customers can test-drive its entire line. Westfield Century City Mall, Century City.

Jonny Cota

The artful, upscale streetwear label Skingraft (known for outre items like its vaguely Fifty Shades of Grey leather holsters and Elizabethan-style feather ruffs) has been a fixture on L.A’.s cutting-edge fashion scene for over a decade. Now the brand’s designer, Jonny Cota, has launched his own label. His first boutique just opened at the ROW DTLA. 767 S.
Alameda St., Ste. 158, downtown.

Jennifer Fisher

The Santa Barbara-born USC-schooled jewelry designer, buoyed by her nomination as a finalist in the 2020 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards, will open her first boutique in Beverly Hills this spring. She’s counting on her famous classic gold hoops and enamel charms to lure the tourists off of Rodeo Drive. 450 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills.


Since his line debuted in 2014, designer Mike Amiri’s California-skate-culture-meets-rock-’n’-roll aesthetic has been a favorite of L.A.’s well-heeled hipsters. The cool kids could previously only find Amiri’s distressed tees and embellished jeans at high-end stores like Maxfield. But in February, Amiri will finally open his own shop. 461 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills.

This sleek neighborhood food market and housewares boutique serves up stainless-steel straws, ceramic to-go containers, and bamboo dish brushes, while cutting out extraneous packaging. Tare also offers on-site personal shoppers and home delivery. 5046 York Blvd. Highland Park.


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Petit Parisien

Co-owner Barbara Mahler-Delouye was a social worker in France who introduced immigrants to French culture. Her new Burbank boutique helps match local Francophiles with Nat & Nin leather bags, Moulin Roty toys, and Opinel knives, perfect for slicing into a wheel of brie at a picnic in the park. 3601½ Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. 

Sole Folks

The Leimert Park nonprofit is a two-story wonderland for shoe devotees willing to wait hours for the latest kicks. Sneaker repair and cleaning services are available, and the shop hosts outdoor workshops, live music, film events, and co-op spaces for future footwear designers. 4317 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park.

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