From vintage bespoke to uncommon couture to collector-worthy furnishings, here are some boutiques where the merch is as exclusive as the door policy.
Blaine Halvorson is known for his bespoke designs and unorthodox materials—shoes made from repurposed leather recovered from abandoned mining towns, apparel fashioned from Civil War-era fabric scraps. He’s even retooled a number of Apple watches, using the etching techniques usually reserved for his collection of vintage Rolexes. Then there’s the handiwork that went into Halvorson’s Fairfax compound. Inside the main building is a 12,000-square-foot emporium complete with a taxidermied lion and giraffe as well as a Montana schoolhouse from the 1800s. It’s as meticulous as a movie set and as offbeat as a fever dream. madeworn.com
Stocked with pristine Chanel heels, Yves Saint Laurent jackets, and Christian Dior sunnies, Richard Wainwright’s boutique is a vintage lover’s fantasyland. The eclectic mix of apparel and accessories, mainly from the ’60s and ’70s, draws everyone from fashionistas on the hunt to design teams in search of inspiration. Wainwright is also the cofounder of A Current Affair, a massive annual vintage clothing pop-up where more than 70 retailers and private dealers hawk their goods. Make a note in your non-vintage iPhone: The next one’s going down April 7 and 8 at DTLA’s Cooper Design Space. newfoundla.com
Collectors, interior designers, and architects drop into this high-design furniture and decor showroom when they’re looking for exclusive, customizable items: Lindsay Adelman light sculptures, Piet Hein Eek tables, Marta Sala sofas. As for where they drop in, the operation is so hush-hush, you won’t get an address until your appointment. In fact, the business relocates every two years to maintain exclusivity. Since November, it’s been in a 5,300-square-foot residence in Trousdale Estates—the former home of Elvis Presley, no less. thefutureperfect.com
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