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Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA

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Just a stone's throw from the perennially wacky Venice Beach Boardwalk, Abbot Kinney Boulevard has evolved from a ragtag strip of storefronts and galleries to a haven of independent boutiques and trendy restaurants, making Venice Beach one of Los Angeles's best shopping destinations. We sent Andrea Arria-Devoe to round up the best of Abbot Kinney's shops—all represented online—to save you the hassle of finding a
parking spot.

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    A+R

    1121-1 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.392.9128

    Owners Andy Griffith and Rose Apodaca's sleek design Shangri-La is filled with the latest and greatest in functional objets d'art and award-winning modern furniture. For those on a giving mission, there's something for everyone at this Venice home goods emporium, especially if the recipient has a sense of humor: Whimsical bird-themed smoke detectors, Japanese hand-powered paper shredders, abstract stencil kits for kids. Divided into categories (drinking, furnishing, kidding) and materials (ceramic, wood, cork), you can find everything on the extremely user-friendly shopping site. (And if you live on the eastern edge of Los Angeles, you'll be thrilled to know that A+R just opened a furniture-centric storefront on
    La Brea.)

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    A+R

    1121-1 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.392.9128

    A+R
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    Deus Customs

    1001 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach
    888.515.3387

    Stylish surfer dudes and bikers congregate at this hip hangout smack in the middle of the busy intersection of Lincoln and Venice. One part clothing shop, one part showroom, one part café, the Aussie-based Deus specializes in stunning custom motorcycles and hand-glassed surfboards but also makes a mean "flat white" (Australian for cappuccino) with beans by Handsome Coffee Roasters. In addition to their toys, boys also find classic board shorts from Biltwell, Baxter boots, and leather accessories from Makr Carry Goods. Women and children are also welcome.

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    Deus Customs

    1001 Venice Blvd., Venice Beach
    888.515.3387

    Deus Customs
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    General Store

    1801 Lincoln Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.751.6393

    Just a short walk from Abbot Kinney where Superba Avenue meets Lincoln Boulevard, you'll find a corner store made in heaven. Soak up the rustic-modern vibe where you'll find a wide range of useful products from near and far with an emphasis on craftsmanship. Los Angeles made goods include Beatrice Valenzuela leather booties, Doug Johnston rope baskets, and Kelly Lamb planters filled with cheerful succulents. This is the second outpost for collaborative duo Serena Mitnik-Miller and Mason St. Peter (the first General Store is located in San Francisco) so you'll also score NorCal goodies like Emmy's Pickles and Metaphor Organic soaps. For neighbors, this means no more showing up to parties without an awesome hostess gift. If you're not a Venice Beach local, a modified selection of wares are available online.

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    General Store

    1801 Lincoln Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.751.6393

    General Store
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    Heist

    1100 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.450.65318

    Loft-like and light-filled, Venice-based Heist feels like the kind of boutique you might stumble upon in SoHo. Owner Nilou Ghodsi invites "repeat offenders" (her term of endearment for loyal customers) to raid a larger-than-life version of her fabulous closet. Coveted European designers like Isabel Marant, MM6, and Giada Forte mingle with super-soft basics lines like Brochu Walker and American Vintage for looks sophisticated enough for an art opening yet comfortable enough to wear all day. Heist recently took out a wall to make room for sexy underpinnings and a few choice home accessories (think Missoni towels and Costes candles). Plus, you'll get plenty of outfit inspiration from the ensembles featured on their new website.

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    Heist

    1100 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.450.65318

    Heist
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    Principessa

    1323 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.450.6696

    Feathers and fringe abound at this Abbot Kinney boutique, which truly has the hippie beach babe in mind. Nail the look with feminine dresses and blouses by designers like Cynthia Vincent and Rebecca Taylor topped off with a wide brim felt hat or pieces from the shop's in-house vintage label. Skinny cords by Citizens of Humanity, Chaser t-shirts, and Indian princess suede boots say, "I'm with the band". Price points run the gamut, making it an ideal spot for finding a $40 sundress or an investment-worthy cashmere sweater coat. Lucky for the geographically challenged, this Los Angeles mainstay finally started selling online this year. Shop Principessa's local love section online dedicated to clothing and accessories made in Venice and you won't even have to wish you
    were here.

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    Principessa

    1323 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.450.6696

    Principessa
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    Mona Moore

    1112 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.452.4070

    Who says stilettos and sand don't mix? This high-end Canadian-based boutique has become a Los Angeles destination for shoppers looking to make a bold statement with their feet. Butter-soft leather boots and teetering platform sandals from established names like Margiela and Marni, as well as cutting edge designers Chrissie Morris and Jerome C. Rousseau, artfully line the floor of this crisp, white space—which, not surprisingly—feels more like a gallery than a shoe store. Edgy jewelry lines by Pamela Love and Tom Binns, ultra-chic sunglasses from The Row, and a need-it-now selection of clutches and handbags further seduce your wallet. If you can wait it out, end-of-season discounts are deep both at Mona Moore itself, and also online.SHOP MONA MOORE >

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    Mona Moore

    1112 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.452.4070

    Mona Moore
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    Milkmade

    1413 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.581.8890

    Milkmade is a must for gents looking to master the laid-back version of the international man of mystery look thanks to owner Brian Lee's razor sharp eye for clean, modern men's lines. And it's all housed in a sweet little Venice bungalow-turned-boutique. The former DJ gravitates towards Japanese labels like Bedwin and the Heartbreakers for their updated take on British tailoring and Danish-made Norse Projects for high-quality hoodies and shorts. Products from Aesop and Baxter as well as dandy extras like to-go handkerchiefs underscore the importance of good grooming. Lee also hosts a number of pop-up shops, most recently the Apolis Venice Marketplace, and seeks out hard-to-find designer collaborations that guys who are in the know will want to add to their collections. SHOP MILKMADE >

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    Milkmade

    1413 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.581.8890

    Milkmade
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    Satine Convenience Store

    1508 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.450.6218

    Westside fashionistas no longer have to cross the 405 thanks to the opening of Satine Convenience Store on Abbot Kinney. More relaxed than the boutique's Third Street flagship, the shop still packs plenty of high fashion punch with designer labels like Nina Ricci, Preen, and Erdem arranged alongside beachy extras like Maslin towels and We Are Handsome bathing suits. A vintage record player and '50s cigarette machine add charm to the eclectic interior which feels like a mash-up of Japanese street style and coastal France: a perfect backdrop for Satine owner Jeannie Lee's bold, playful style. SHOP SATINE CONVENIENCE STORE >

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    Satine Convenience Store

    1508 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.450.6218

    Satine Convenience Store
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    Steven Alan Annex

    1601 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.452.3413

    Housed in a very Venice, white corner bungalow, this mini-empire of preppy-cool feels right at home on the block. His and hers signature Steven Alan Reverse Seam shirting line the shelves while racks are devoted to a well-edited mix of up-and-comers and stalwarts like Acne and A.P.C. To complete the "it" girl uniform, invest in No. 6 clogs and a Clare Vivier handbag, which can also be found online. SHOP STEVEN ALAN ANNEX >

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    Steven Alan Annex

    1601 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.452.3413

    Steven Alan Annex
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    Tortoise General Store

    1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.314.8448

    If a shopping trip to Tokyo isn't in the stars, a stop into Venice-based Tortoise General Store is the next best thing. Stocked with everyday essentials from Japan like ceramic tableware, tea kettles, traditional tenugui, and other useful knickknacks, each item is not only beautiful but meant to stand the test of time. Opened in 2003 by husband and wife team Taku and Keiko Shinomoto, the couple has since expanded their operation to include a small atelier in back for workshops (woodworking and soba noodle cooking classes are insanely popular) and Tortoise Gallery down the street, which focuses on higher end pieces and modern furniture. SHOP TORTOISE GENERAL STORE >

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    Tortoise General Store

    1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice Beach
    310.314.8448

    Tortoise General Store
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