Score cool, one-of-a-kind gift finds at these WeHo boutique hotel shops:
Mondrian Los Angeles
Exxhibit at the Mondrian brings a sense of style to the hotel with a thoughtfully curated merchandise mix, emphasizing local artists. In addition to chic luggage, watches, hats and clothing, you’ll find (to name a few) Blame leather collectibles from Spencer Hansen, Royal Order jewelry by Cheryl Rixon Davis and vintage-inspired Pared Eyewear.
The store attracts a diverse clientele, from artists and celebrities (Spike Lee recently dropped by) to business execs and tourists. True to its name, Exxhibit hosts pop-up art events from time to time.
The Standard, Hollywood
Books still count as staples at Exxhibit and elsewhere. At the Standard’s Warby Parker store, volumes (such as “Lucky Jim” by Kingsley Amis and “The Dud Avocado” by Elaine Dundy) line the lower shelves; the upper space is filled with rows of eyewear choices.
New York-based Warby Parker works with partners to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair goes to someone in need.
The London West Hollywood
British swagger infuses every inch of The London West Hollywood, so shopping at the Alex Roldan boutique feels a bit like you’ve hopped across the pond.
Choose a piece of bronze art by Manuel Ferreiro, perhaps, a decanter by artist Jan Barboglio, a Brackish original feather bow tie or a Made by Humans 2 balloon-animal money bank (inspired by the work of Jeff Koons.)
Cozy plaid ponchos by Vivienne Westwood are a top seller as are Peepers reading glasses and Dan Deutsch sunglasses. The store also sells purses and pouches and pillows (oh my!) along with fragrance, frames, glassware, greeting cards, candles, rain hats, snow globes and an extensive selection of jewelry, including watches, vintage and a recent arrival for men: ARZ Steel.
Sunset Tower Hotel
Want more vintage charm? Be sure to stop by the Sunset Tower Hotel (an Art Deco treasure). Tucked away in the corner of the plush lobby are a few cases of goods: fashion and travel books for guests to borrow as well as sundries and keepsakes from the hotel, such as pajamas, robes, T-shirts, slippers, flip-flops, hats, totes, playing cards, china and a dog bowl.
Also, the Sunset Tower Book is an illustrated history of the legendary hotel.
If the Sunset Strip’s music history piques your interest, the Morrison Hotel Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel is a must-see for photography buffs, pop-culture addicts and rock fans. The gallery, which specializes in music, Hollywood and sports, hosts regular events. For instance, photographer Frank Stefanko’s Bruce Springsteen retrospective will show at the gallery from Nov. 1-8.
Morrison works with about 150 photographers. The limited-edition photos are reproduced in various sizes from original negatives; photographers sign the prints, which can be purchased framed or unframed.
The gallery also curated the photos within the hotel’s lush grounds. So, if you want to see more, you can order a drink, wander around and revel in the 2-D presence of rock royalty.