Birds of a feather, as they say. This is certainly the case with good friends Clare Vivier and Heather Taylor. Artistic, fashion-minded, and with enviably stamp-filled passports, these two will make you long to be part of their vibrant inner circle. We’ve been following Clare’s ascent as a formidable handbag …
We’ve been following Hana Kim’s Supahcute‘s blog for some time, even featuring her site back in 2010. Whether it’s art, toys, or brands, she’s an expert on all things cute. But don’t take our word for it. Her site even won The Best Lowbrow Arts Blog in 2011 from LA Weekly‘s Los Angeles Web Awards. Back in May, Hana curated her first Supahcute Dream Team Show at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, highlighting “art too cute for words.” We can’t wait for her to host her next art show come spring. In the meantime, we asked Hana to let us in on her top five local stores that bring on the adorable factor. From Little Tokyo to Torrance, Hana covers LA cute.
“Whenever I visit Little Tokyo, I always stop at Kinokinuya Bookstore. In addition to a ton of Japanese books and magazines, Kinokinuya is stocked with random cuteness including stationery, Studio Ghibli toys, Re-Ments, and San-X items. Head straight to the childrens’ book section in the back for a great variety of picture books and some of the cutest stickers you’ll ever see. I always spend more money on stickers than I need to.”
123 Astronaut E. Onizuka St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
“A visit to Sawtelle isn’t complete without stopping first at GR2 to see the latest art show. Then, you have to walk down the street to see what’s new at Giant Robot. The first thing you notice when you walk in is the display of Uglydolls near the front door. In addition to a whole lot of Ugly, you’ll also find Doraemon, Totoro, Rilakkuma, Ponyo, Hello Kitty, and much more. If I could afford to buy their entire plush stock, I totally would.”
2015 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
West Los Angeles
“Despite the fact that there is never any parking around Wacko, I still love to visit this place. La Luz de Jesus Gallery is located inside, and there is always an interesting show going on. Wacko is a great one-stop shop because it literally has a little bit of everything – Yo Gabba Gabba toys, Toy Story figures, trendy vinyl toys, blind box and mini figures, Blue Q bags, art books, gag gifts. If you have some time to kill in the area, this is a great place to stop.”
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 9002
“Handmade jewelry, cute stationery, Momiji dolls, and cute tea pots are just some of the items that you’ll find at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland. It’s hard to walk out of this shop without spending money. Leanna has a great eye for cute, and her inventory reflects her eclectic tastes. If you want to make your own jewelry, sign up for a beading workshop. And don’t forget that they host awesome art shows. (Supahcute will be curating a show in May 2013!)”
Leanna Lin’s Wonderland
5024 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
“If you’re obsessed with Rilakkuma, Korilakuma, Kiiroitori, and Mamegoma, you already know about Tamaya in Torrance. If you love San-X, you have to visit. End of discussion. (They also have an Irvine location, but I’ve also been to the one in Torrance.) As an authorized retailer of San-X products, they have much more than the usual stock of plush and stationery. You’ll find San-X bento boxes, San-X kitchen supplies, San-X cord holders, San-X pill boxes, and so much more. They also have a great collection of stickers.”
3936 West Sepulveda Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505