The Artisanal Gift Guide
You don’t need us tell you that Christmas is just around the corner! And if you’re caught up with last-minute shopping head to one of these chic LA artisans for stylish gifts with a heart (and minimal carbon footprint). Hello Santa!
For Him: Conscientious Apolis sources from a global network of communities, advocating social change through fair trade. Among the great gifts for compassionate guys are organic crew-neck T-shirts and reusable, fair-trade market bags which can be customised with their own neighbourhood, state and country. Leather passport holders and travel wallets, marked Global Citizen, take on new status in Trump’s America.
For Her: LA-based, Mexican-born designer Gabriela Artigas has won celeb fans (including Tyra Banks and Carey Mulligan) for her minimal, day-to-night jewellery, handmade in California. The range incorporates gold, silver, and semi- and precious stones, with both architectural or more delicate forms, including signature tusk shapes. Limited runs up the exclusivity.
For Both: For a one-stop shop, seductive Strange Invisible Perfumes offers natural, organic, botanical scents for girls, guys or both in its jewel-like contemporary perfumery on the boho Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Founded by Alexandra Balahoutis, the label’s Cali-crafted in-house collection spans eau de parfum, home fragrance, and bath and body, including zodiac-inspired scents.
For Home: Find heavenly hand-crafted homewares at Matteo, which sells own-line bedding, bath towels, table cloths, fabrics, apparel and baby kit. Founded by Matthew Lenoci to create simple sheets and bedding from the world’s most luxurious textiles, the brand’s top quality linens are sewn in a workshop beside the LA design studio, then dyed locally in covetable colours. Beauty sleep!
Apolis / 806 E Third St / Downtown / +1 855 894 1559 / noon-6pm Mon-Wed, noon-7pm Thu, 11am-7pm Fri-Sat, 11am-6pm Sun / apolisglobal.com
Gabriela Artigas / Suite 1/2 / 370 N La Cienega Blvd / WeHo / +1 310 360 0796 / gabrielaartigas.com / by appt
Strange Invisible Perfumes / 1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd / Venice / +1 310 314 1505 / 11am-7pm Mon-Sat, noon-6pm Sun / siperfumes.com
Matteo / 1060 E Cesar E Chavez Ave / Downtown / +1 213 617 2813 / 10am-7pm daily / +branch / matteohome.com