SCENE | Left House


Abbot Kinney has become a street of some critique over the past year or so. It kept getting better and cooler and posher, and then all of a sudden it started to not really feel like Abbot Kinney anymore. The tipping point for me was sometime between Surfing Cowboys leaving and Lucky Jeans arriving. But the street just scored a huge win last week when a small-box four-shop retail collective called Left House opened in an old Venice bungalow. Under one roof there's the extremely culty Japanese brand Kapital, Westbrook Maker (of former subterranean parking garage fame), H.O.W.L. and M. Cohen. My old friend Nick Fouquet, the dapper hatter behind Westbrook, showed me around this morning, and it's all superb. I seriously could live there.

Westbrook is bustling in their new above-ground digs, beyond their trademark hats they now have indigo-dyed scarves and bandanas and are retailing leather goods and fabrics that pair seamlessly with their old-fashioned hats.




Then...I got trapped in the Kapital space. I think for hours, but I'm not entirely sure.




I admittedly didn't spend as much time as I would have liked at H.O.W.L. or M. Cohen. I guess I'll have to go back. Darn.

7 comments:

Kathy said...

Lucky Jeans??? I haven't seen that on AK yet. Horrible. I thought there was an ordinance against chain stores or restaurants? This new space looks great, will visit soon.

Musical Lynn said...

Dude those hats are epic!

Felicia S. said...

My Goodness, those HATS!! Do they ship to Paris?

NET-A-DRESSER said...

I WANT THAT HAT!! x

Lizzie said...

I'm pretty sure they ship internationally!

Anonymous said...

Lucky? Wow I haven't been to AK in a while. 10 women gallery leaving sort of broke my heart and now the rest of the galleries are getting the boot. Its not really Venice to me anymore. It's very trendy and tourist clogged, not the semi sleepy place I used to shop.

Anonymous said...

Nick Foquet is not hatter and is not the man behind Westbrook Maker, please give credit where credit is due. Gregory Westbrook conceived and created Westbrook Maker ,I will never buy a hat from that shop,the quality and details are just not there ,but insist on having mine made by Westbrook himself. Not an imitation using someone else's name .