A Curated Guide to L.A. with Lost & Found’s Jamie RosenthalJune 30, 2014
This July, it all came together beautifully. In the same month we’re debuting a new home collection curated by Jamie Rosenthal, owner of the Lost & Found boutiques in Los Angeles, our team coincidentally decamped to the City of Angels to photograph our July catalog. Whether it was coincidence or perhaps a more California-style kismet, we knew we had to have Jamie use her expert eye to create a guide to the best of L.A. just for usand for you.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
My new stores are on Main Street in Santa Monica, so it’s been fun to be back at the beach visiting old haunts and discovering new ones. Chez Jay is truly the quintessential Santa Monica diveit’s got vintage beach décor, great cocktails and steaks, and is steeped in filmmaking history. Fork in the Road raises the bar on the farm-to-table experience with great flatbreads and cocktails andlucky for meis just a block away from my store. My other longtime favorite is my friend Joanna Moore’s restaurant Axe in Venice. She’s a brilliant chef and I love eating in the outdoor garden in the back. Over in West Hollywood, AOC is one of my favorites.
WHERE TO SHOP
Å“I spend the majority of my time buying for my own stores, so I don’t have much free time to just shop, but I do regularly pop in to visit the genius Rene Holguin at RTH in West Hollywood. Rene is constantly reinventing himself with his original designs of leather goods, clothing and art. Entering his world feels like you have walked through the wardrobe into a magical universe. At the end of the day, we like to go across the street to The Roger Room for a drink. They make the most amazing cocktails! My favorite is the margarita with cucumber foam.
The Santa Monica Flea Market, which happens the first and fourth Sunday of every month, is easier to navigate than the infamous Rose Bowl and I always find treasures there.
“Carla Denker’s shop, Plastica, on 3rd Street is a happy place with colorful, utilitarian design products from all over the world and unusual gifts.
WHAT TO DO
Å“Los Angeles is such an unusual placeimagine if there were canyons above midtown Manhattan! Living in the Hollywood Hills feels like that to me, with its easy access to nature. Just outside my door at Canyon Lake Drive, you can have a nice walk or run around the Hollywood Reservoir, go up to a park with an amazing view of the Hollywood sign and follow a trail full of giant aloe plants that feels like you are on the set of Lost in Space, before ending up at Wolf’s Lair, a famous Ëcastle.’ Continue down to quaint Beachwood Village and dine at the Beachwood café, which was recently renovated by my friend, superstar architect Barbara Bestor.
Leo Carillo State Park
Å“A drive up the coast is always a refreshing way to clear my head. Leo Carillo State Park in Malibu has some great hidden coves to discover. Malibu Farm, which sits at the end of the Malibu pier, is a must for lunch. It has an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean and Malibu Colony and a delicious menu sourced from local farms.
Å“One of my favorite places to visit for inspiration is the Corita Art Center in Los Feliz. Sister Corita Kent is my hero and seeing her original silkscreens always uplifts me!
WHERE TO STAY
Å“The Chateau Marmont instantly makes you feel as though you’re a part of Hollywood history. The new Ace Hotel downtown has an amazing rooftop bardowntown is exploding and finally there is a convenient place to stay. At the beach, Hotel Erwin and the Shangri-La both have great rooftop lounges and ocean views.
AOC Wine Bar, Aaron Cook | AACK Studio
Plastica, Deborah Denker Photography
Beachwood Cafe, Ray Katchatorian Photography
Leo Carillo State Park photo, courtesy of California State Parks, 2014
Chateau Marmont, Nikolas Koenig Photography