Wait, what? 2013 is almost over? The end of the year always sneaks up on us. Just before we start looking ahead to 2014, we at Time Out Los Angeles get a little nostalgic for the best of 2013: the local LA bands that made it big, hazy but awesome memories of Coachella and other LA festivals, the dishes we ate and drinks we sipped at Los Angeles restaurants that just blew our minds (we counted 100 of them for you, #foodporn photos included!), spending hot summer days at best beaches in LA, former Disney child stars twerking... Wait, actually, scratch that last one. We'd like to forget that ASAP. Reminisce about the rest with us, and here's to an equally-or-more-awesome 2014.
Best Los Angeles events in photos: 2013
Best restaurants and bars in Los Angeles: 2013
Best LA bands and live music events of 2013
Best new LA stores: 2013
Aesthetes have gone gaga this year waiting for Acne’s much-ballyhooed debut of its largest studio (ever)—a whopping 5,000 square feet of the Swedish designer’s denim, knitwear, leather goods and accessories. The just-opened retail spot in the lobby of the turquoise Eastern Columbia Building anchors the emerging shopping district of 9th and Broadway (where the Ace Hotel will be opening in early 2014, Aussie skincare importer Aesop launched earlier this year, and Urban Outfitters will soon reveal a megastore in the converted Rialto Theater just up the street). The in-store café—a first for the brand—is a welcome respite for the shopping weary, while the VIP room is reserved for those wanting a little more privacy when picking out the perfect pair of signature Skin 5 pants ($230-$280) or a printed tee ($85-$115).
The just-opened MUJI store in Hollywood is an exciting edition to the shopping pantheon of the city as this US flagship offers a number of firsts, including Found MUJI, items sourced globally and updated by the beloved Japanese brand; MUJI Labo, a new line of clothing inspired by the practicality of MUJI’s stationery; and also, this is the first outpost to sell food (white chocolate-covered strawberries, anyone?). Expect the usual staples MUJI is known for—like double-sided pens ($1.50), shrink-wrapped scarves ($9.95) and tees ($12.95) as well as extensive kitchenware offerings and a number of other minimalist goods. The first LA store, located in the heart of tourist-packed Hollywood, is a perfect place to pick up a gift and actually useful souvenirs.
It’s hard to get more opulent than Elisabeth Weinstock’s snake- and exotic skin-covered accessories. Try a painted anaconda flask ($225), a beautiful card case available in a range of shades and skins ($130-$170) or a stealthy looking condom box ($912) on your nightstand (she even sells the nightstand ($5,000-$10,000)). Although these accessories aren’t for everyone, celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Shakira and even Jennifer Lopez have picked up pieces for themselves—there’s no shame in window-shopping.
Now the male-focused other half of Silver Lake’s to-go boutique Mohawk General Store is elevating the Eastside dude’s shopping experience one Dries van Noten sweater at a time. Just two doors down from the original, the men’s-only Mohawk Man stocks Engineered Garments (chambray shirts for $215), Our Legacy, Arpenteur and nonnative (pants for $310) along with accessories like sunglasses and wallets as well as artwork by the likes of Nicholas Cope. It’s a one-stop shop for the fashion-forward male.