Collection by Jaime Gillin

Lost & Found, Part 1


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 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!

The shop is actually a series of six storefronts, each its own curated collection of items.
Strangely, to get between the different spaces, a shopkeeper has to accompany you and unlock the front door.
Here's a view of the main space, which is always unlocked during store hours.
I loved the colorful display of blankets, wraps, and textiles from around the world.
If I could have walked away with one fantasy item it would be this Il Bisonte leather tote, priced at $595.
Everything in the shop is thoughtfully presented, including this assortment of notebooks arrayed on a kid's worktable.
Here's another example of a curated display. Satisfying to the eye, if not always the wallet...
A view from the mezzanine level in one of the gift and home galleries.
More eye candy.
The men's clothing gallery had many dapper duds.
Here's a view of the colorful kids' space: cute clothes, toys, and books.
More adorable than sock monkeys: Luckyfish pillows and fair-trade African knit stuffed animals.
A few doors down is a space dedicated to children's clothing.
Here's a paper mache goat head made from French newspaper by a Haiti artisan cooperative.
Clever use of Woolly Pockets: who knew white poinsettias could look so, um, modern? And I loooove that gigantic woolly...
This room was my favorite, stocked with hand and bath towels from Tunisia, table linens from Transylvania, cedar plates...
Here's a close up of Judy Jackson's pottery, bracketed by wood-and-metal candlesticks and Tunisian bath towels.

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