Leather accessories and customizable club chairs at Roots

Abbot Kinney?s gone upscale, with parked Maybachs sandwiched between the surfmobiles. Prices are rising, but there?s a recent arrival that?s economical and stylish: the new Roots shop. 

Okay, you might be thinking, Roots, the Canadian company that sells logo sweatshirts? Well, the trip stateside has made the brand arty-cool. The new shop location is housed in an open-air white bungalow decorated with midcentury antiques sourced locally by Roots? co-owner?s brother, longtime Venice artist Jim Budman, who collaborated with company design director Diane Bald on the decor. As we settled into a leather seat on a recent visit and basked in the laid-back atmosphere, we wondered: Why can?t we live like this?

Turns out we can, since Roots sells architect-designed leather furniture with a sophisticated bent. Their Banff club chairs ($3,097) are scaled smaller than traditional models, so they fit into intimate reading nooks. We?re envisioning the square ottoman ($1,529) as a coffee table. Custom orders take less than a month; ask a salesperson for the book of designs.

Even if you?re not furniture shopping, the store?s great for browsing accessories like the Birkinesque Shirley bag ($388), the woven cross-body bag ($58) and the supercute bicolor Cutie Bag Biarritz ($168). And the logo sweats? They?re discreetly hanging on a rack.

Roots, 1505 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 424-238-8454 or

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