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Otherwild's interior reminds us of an artist's live-work space; in reality, it's a combination retail store and graphic design studio.
Rachel Berks, who runs the shop along with Marisa Suárez-Orozco, created these planters ($40 to $50) with materials she discovered in a Highland Park rope store.
A mirrored tray holds a cornucopia of big rings by Adina Mills; here, quartz ($130), purple sandstone ($116) and agate ($97).
Echo Park is ground zero for coolness. From an artisanal grocer to indie fashion, this neighborhood?s creative types know what we?ll be eating and wearing before we do. So we were psyched to discover its newest boutique, Otherwild, where the indie artist-made goods are extra inventive.
The adventure begins as you walk onto the converted industrial space?s rough concrete floors. Necklaces drip from driftwood hangers, campy stained glass artwork ($1,200) shines colorfully in the windows and strange cubist rocks--they?re actually ceramic-rattles-as-objets ($250)--cluster on a sideboard. Knuckle-duster rings (from $78) glitter with crystals you?ve never heard of like apophyllite; they?re made by an artist who lives in a van and harvests her own minerals. (Otherwild, indeed.)
Clothes are equally offbeat (denim smock dresses, $360, and silky caftans, $200); housewares include hand-carved spoons (from $10) and polka-dotted ceramics ($36). Shopping at Otherwild makes us feel like we?ve been invited to an artist?s loft party--and we actually have, since the cute, friendly owners Marisa Suárez-Orozco and Rachel Berks are hosting a mural-painting party with live music during this weekend?s Echo Park Art Walk. We?ll see you there.
Otherwild, 1932 Echo Park Ave.; 323-546-8437 or otherwild.com
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