California Love Salted Pretzel Dark Bar. Photo courtesy of Compartes Chocolate.
One of my favorite ways to familiarize myself with a city is by shopping at the independent businesses that call it home. From a neighborhood cafe known for its much-loved toast-and-jam combos to a gourmet chocolate shop with eye-catching branding, Los Angeles is home to an exciting bunch of indie designers and makers producing stuff that feels true to its destination.
Relax your mind and body with a restorative sea salt mix with refreshing notes of peppermint, lemongrass, and mint. AYU.Co's minimalist beauty products are formulated with the finest organic plant-based ingredients.
Price: $24 Available at: ayu-co.com
Silver Lake's beloved neighborhood joint is known for the market-driven fare, brown rice bowls, and delicious housemade jams. Stock up on a jar or two for a sweet reminder of your visit.
Price: $13 Available at: sqirlla.com
In collaboration with the DTLA design shop Poketo, local designer Kathryn McFarlane has mapped out a hit list for the ideal Los Angeles visit.
Price: $5 Available at: poketo.com
The small-batch candle and fragrance company is run by wife-and-husband team Kristen Pumphrey and Thomas Neuberger. Each candle is handmade from the finest ingredients: domestically grown soy wax, cotton core wicks, and fine fragrance oils. Scent No. 25 has a particularly lovely summery scent.
Price: $18 Available at: pfcandleco.com
For delicate, pared-down designs, the L.A.-raised jewelry designer is our go-to girl. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Los Angeles County Museum of Art partnered with Meyer to create an 18-karat gold necklace inspired by a piece in their permanent collection, Ed Ruscha's 1971 Made in California.
Price: $450 Available at: thelacmastore.org
The L.A.-based, Parisian-inspired designer made her mark with functional, stylish laptop cases. She has since branched out to a larger collection of handbags and leather goods. We're partial to small items like the Amalfi-inspired black and blue splash-print leather luggage tag.
Price: $55 Available at: clarev.com
Although their goods are made in Italy, the leather accessory brand is based and designed in a DTLA studio. Created with digital nomads in mind, each piece is carefully crafted from the finest leather and tested around the globe. Frequent fliers will appreciate the tech dopp kit, an easy solution for the sur of cords and adapters required when working from the road.
Price: $249 Available at: thisisground.com
Founded in 1950, the chic chocolate shop has made waves in the last couple of years with its bright, graphic packaging and use of unexpected ingredients. Inspired by its home state, the California Love bar pairs dark chocolate and crushed San Francisco sourdough pretzels. (The flavor is a Gentedimontagna office favorite.)
Price: $10 Available: compartes.com
Dedicated to creating high-quality basics, AMVI (American Made, Vintage Inspired) sources premium fabrics from the US and proudly designs and produces their line of comfortable, vintage-inspired tees in Los Angeles.
Price: From $55 Available at: amvicollection.com
The botanical, zodiac-inspired fragrances are designed, decanted, and bottled in Strange Invisible's Venice-based natural fragrance house.