Lindsay Parton, along with her husband Raan, opened Alchemy Works almost two years ago in LA’s Arts District. The 1800 square-foot shop sits just two stores down from Apolis, the menswear brand co-founded by Raan and known for its commitment to ethical manufacturing.
With Alchemy Works, Lindsay and her team have created a multi-purpose space focusing on retail, art, and events. The retail element boasts an eclectic product offering with some merchandise sourced during the couple’s travels. “There is something luxe about travel that you become open to the sights, smells, and objects in a way unlike any other”, Lindsay adds. The products they bring back from trips around the world are perfectly balanced with goods from local makers and long-time friends. Collective Quarterly, a client of The Merchant Home, is among the diverse group of makers featured at Alchemy Works.
Exposed rafters and high ceilings lend themselves to the California influence found at Alchemy Works. When designing the store's ambiance, Lindsay and Raan set out to “bring back the ideal time in California history that was the simplicity of long summer days and wandering road trips”, says Lindsay. You can walk away with a surfboard, a bikini, and a sailboat in the same place where you can buy a handmade knit throw or a diamond ring. “It’s a high and low shopping experience”, Lindsay says.
We were lucky to drop into Alchemy Works during a Soludos pop-up. A retro turquoise truck was placed in the middle of the space to display a seasonal collection of shoes. The truck, donned with sea shells, espadrilles, and a bright yellow umbrella, completed the shop’s beach style.
Although Alchemy Works hosts several pop shops throughout the year, Warby Parker holds an indefinite place at the shop. Under the sleek glass house are mirrored walls full of frames and a full-time Warby Parker employee at the ready.
Alchemy Works is located at 826 E. 3rd Street in Los Angeles. If you are in the LA area, head to Alchemy Works for a Bare Wool trunk show and cocktails, Saturday, August 29 from 5-7.
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