Whether it’s chocolate or scarves or home décor you’ve been pining after, these shops and retailers have you covered no matter your location.
LOS ANGELES: The City of Angels continues to explode with homegrown designers and concept stores. In the bohemian Silver Lake neighborhood, family-owned Swiss accessories brand En Soie, which dates back to 1894 and is known for its scarves in particular, opened its first U.S. outpost last spring. The beautiful boutique is managed by the family’s oldest daughter, Eleonore Meier, who will show customers how to properly wrap themselves in one of the season’s scarves. ensoie.us
PARIS: Yes, concept stores and chocolatiers might seem like nothing new in the City of Light, but here are two well worth a visit. Housed in a 20th-century building in the northern Marais, concept store The Broken Arm has an incredibly fresh and well-edited feel (the founders previously ran an online fashion and lifestyle magazine). The store showcases both established and rising designers, including Carven, Our Legacy, Isaac Reina, and Kenzo. An on-site café keeps the stream of creative types coming and going well caffeinated. the-broken-arm.com
Afterward, make a beeline for Alain Ducasse’s bean-to-bar chocolate workshop, La Manufacture, in the Bastille neighborhood. Ducasse’s pastry chef, Nicolas Berger, can be found roasting chocolate beans and tempering and conching at the stunning atelier. Try the pistachio praline made with Sicilian pistachios; it’s an absolute must. lechocolat-alainducasse.com
BROOKLYN: Making candy was not what Liddabit Sweets proprietors Liz Gutman and Jen King, who met while in culinary school in 2007, had planned. Gutman thought she would be making specialty cakes; King intended to work her way up the ladder as a pastry chef. But these days, the two are full-time candy and chocolate-bar makers, happily working in a pint-sized kitchen in Brooklyn with a small staff. What seems to separate Gutman and King from the dozens of artisanal chocolatiers across the globe is that their product line consists mostly of caramels and old-fashioned candy bars, which they have given a modern makeover. For example, The King is a bar that features peanut butter nougat between a brown-butter cookie and banana ganache, all dipped in milk chocolate. The company’s beer-and-pretzel caramels are also particularly popular. This fall, the company landed its first retail outpost at the Chelsea Market. liddabitsweets.com
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: In the three years since Bonnie Ashley and Neil Downie started screen printing textiles and making shadow boxes out of a Melbourne studio, retailers such as Anthropologie and Los Angeles furnishings warehouse HD Buttercup caught on to the design duo’s eponymous homeware line, Bonnie and Neil. Maybe it’s because Ashley, who oversees the textiles, and Downie, who is the resident carpenter, have skill sets that both complement and contrast each other, for results that feel magical and wild. Fans also can’t seem to get enough of the bold strokes of tangerine-orange and fuchsia that appear like watercolors on their linens (hot pink was their most popular color last year). The timber products, including the shadow boxes and storage cubes, are made with reclaimed Tasmanian oak and often printed with geometric patterns or floral motifs. Editor’s pick: the recently debuted ceramics. bonnieandneil.com.au