Lost & Found, Part 1

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January 6, 2011

I spent last week in Los Angeles, exploring neighborhoods, poking around design shops, and hoping to finally understand how the various corners of the sprawling metropolis fit together. In between getting massively lost (I have no sense of direction) I did find my way to a few previously (to me) undiscovered gems, which I'll share with you via slideshows over the next couple weeks. First up: a visual tour of Lost & Found, a shop recommended to me by architect (and Dwell.com blogger!) Linda Taalman. This was such an appealing shop I'm going to dedicate two posts to it—this one will be an overview, and the next will be more of a focused shopping guide, highlighting a few of my favorite products. Dig in!

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  The shop is actually a series of six storefronts, each its own curated collection of items. There are individual spaces dedicated to children's stuff (clothing, toys and decor); men's clothing and accessories; women's clothing and accessories; and a couple spaces for homewares, linens, gardening stuff, and gifts.
    The shop is actually a series of six storefronts, each its own curated collection of items. There are individual spaces dedicated to children's stuff (clothing, toys and decor); men's clothing and accessories; women's clothing and accessories; and a couple spaces for homewares, linens, gardening stuff, and gifts.
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  Strangely, to get between the different spaces, a shopkeeper has to accompany you and unlock the front door. It makes for an initially discomforting shopping experience, but once you get used to the idea (and realize the shopkeeper isn't hovering) it's not bad.
    Strangely, to get between the different spaces, a shopkeeper has to accompany you and unlock the front door. It makes for an initially discomforting shopping experience, but once you get used to the idea (and realize the shopkeeper isn't hovering) it's not bad.
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  Here's a view of the main space, which is always unlocked during store hours. There's women's clothing on the mezzanine level, and textiles, bags, jewelry and more on the main level. Also: a seating area for patient, shopping-averse partners.
    Here's a view of the main space, which is always unlocked during store hours. There's women's clothing on the mezzanine level, and textiles, bags, jewelry and more on the main level. Also: a seating area for patient, shopping-averse partners.
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  I loved the colorful display of blankets, wraps, and textiles from around the world.
    I loved the colorful display of blankets, wraps, and textiles from around the world.
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  If I could have walked away with one fantasy item it would be this Il Bisonte leather tote, priced at $595. The Sissi Rossi safety pin tote above it ($650) was pretty awesome too.
    If I could have walked away with one fantasy item it would be this Il Bisonte leather tote, priced at $595. The Sissi Rossi safety pin tote above it ($650) was pretty awesome too.
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  Everything in the shop is thoughtfully presented, including this assortment of notebooks arrayed on a kid's worktable.
    Everything in the shop is thoughtfully presented, including this assortment of notebooks arrayed on a kid's worktable.
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  Here's another example of a curated display. Satisfying to the eye, if not always the wallet...
    Here's another example of a curated display. Satisfying to the eye, if not always the wallet...
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  A view from the mezzanine level in one of the gift and home galleries. This is one of the six individual spaces, all similarly sized.
    A view from the mezzanine level in one of the gift and home galleries. This is one of the six individual spaces, all similarly sized.
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  More eye candy.
    More eye candy.
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  The men's clothing gallery had many dapper duds.
    The men's clothing gallery had many dapper duds.
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  Here's a view of the colorful kids' space: cute clothes, toys, and books.
    Here's a view of the colorful kids' space: cute clothes, toys, and books.
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  More adorable than sock monkeys: Luckyfish pillows and fair-trade African knit stuffed animals.
    More adorable than sock monkeys: Luckyfish pillows and fair-trade African knit stuffed animals.
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  A few doors down is a space dedicated to children's clothing.
    A few doors down is a space dedicated to children's clothing.
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  Here's a paper mache goat head made from French newspaper by a Haiti artisan cooperative.
    Here's a paper mache goat head made from French newspaper by a Haiti artisan cooperative.
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  Clever use of Woolly Pockets: who knew white poinsettias could look so, um, modern? And I loooove that gigantic woolly pouf.
    Clever use of Woolly Pockets: who knew white poinsettias could look so, um, modern? And I loooove that gigantic woolly pouf.
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  This room was my favorite, stocked with hand and bath towels from Tunisia, table linens from Transylvania, cedar plates from Morocco, and bowls made from fallen trees in Western Massachusetts.
    This room was my favorite, stocked with hand and bath towels from Tunisia, table linens from Transylvania, cedar plates from Morocco, and bowls made from fallen trees in Western Massachusetts.
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  Here's a close up of Judy Jackson's pottery, bracketed by wood-and-metal candlesticks and Tunisian bath towels. If you like what you see, stay tuned for another Lost & Found slideshow, coming at you next week...
    Here's a close up of Judy Jackson's pottery, bracketed by wood-and-metal candlesticks and Tunisian bath towels. If you like what you see, stay tuned for another Lost & Found slideshow, coming at you next week...

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