We love Kelly Wearstler. She’s a very lively designer, who is expanding her brand beyond her design work to fashion, lifestyle items, and–naturally–having a shop to share all of the aforementioned. Thus, she opened up shop on Melrose, cozying up to some of the most luxurious brands on the street. The result is quite possibly the most fabulous retail destination in Los Angeles. Hands down.
The store stands on the corner of Croft at Melrose, a soft black on the outside with a large gold ball at the top of the store, acting like her globe that the world is actually revolving around. When you approach the store, the large glass and gold door with giant beautiful stones on the door handle, can seem a little intimidating…but it just draws you in like a tractor beam of elegance. When you walk in, you have stepped inside of her world, like the golden globe alluded to, inside of a page from Hue or Domicilium Decoratus.
The store sells everything from golden and stone homewares to bright clothing designed by Kelly, likely just up the road, at her La Cienega office. The store, like all of her pieces, carries her themes effortlessly: gold, circles and spheres (oftentimes concentric or rowed), Art Deco edges, beautiful ugliness or ugliness in beauty (for example, very rough statues whose faces are refined and perfect), and balanced maximalism. Marble floors and wood walls play with each other, as tables and shelves by Wearstler sit next to columns that look like metallic pots stacked atop of each other. The center of the shop focuses on a fur rugged seating area, likely for a group of shopping friends to tear out sheets from magazines of things that inspire them (and, as you’ll see, a mannequin is posed doing just that).
There is not very much surface left untouched, somehow, pushing her delightful maximalism to an awe inspiring degree. This is best expressed through her home items, which are quite varied. From appendage-less bodies with sparkly nether regions to dotted vases to golden sea urchins to sexy gold leg and hand statues, her home accessories emit a sense of fun sophistication that no other designer can do–only she can.
Everything in the store is for sale, more or less, and the relaxed, super great salespeople are more than happy to explain things for you along with helping out by fetching you a beverage or pointing out that, yes, there are some asexual pieces of jewelry that even men can wear. Things are a little pricey however the quality of Kelly’s items are are so high that you really are getting them for a steal (and, duh, you are buying into extreme fabulousness which, duh, comes at a high price). Definitely check out her one and only store (as of yet) on Melrose, which will definitely inspire you to save many pennies so you can beautify your space with Wearstler’s goods.