Ethno-clectic – Best import shops in LA

Ethno-clectic – Best import shops in LA

Here’s some of my favorites that are still around:

  • Marco Polo (Santa Monica),
  • Mix (formerly Jaipur moved after 10+ years) – My favorite website, gives you all the info for quick reference.
  • Out of Asia - Their showroom displays less furniture now, but they are hosting events like classes, dances, they even have a bar set up for the evenings!
  • Tara (La Cienaga),
  • Palecek (LA Mart)
  • Warisan — another favorite for imports has moved. 5619 W. 4th Street, Suite 4. i almost cried when i thought they closed.
  • Oasis - PCH & Topanga Canyon – remember to bargain, you will get a deal!

My import hunt was not as easy this time around. The high cost of capital to invest in these furniture pieces, transportation plus the overhead for a showroom combined with lowered demand because of the downturn in the economy sadly caused some of my favorite import stores to closed or relocated . RIP – Quynh on La Brea & Riad Decor -you were my favorites…too bad its closed. I noticed that many of my favorites are usually mom & pop import shops who don’t have deep pockets so they been dramatically effected. What will happen to these stores? The showrooms are closed or empty. Even the Pacific Design Center and the LA Mart has high vacancy. I would love to have a crystal ball to see where this industry is going.

Until then, happy decorating!

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Christine Duong

Christine Duong is a Certified Interior Designer in the State of California and Allied Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). She studied at the University of California at Los Angeles in Interior Architectural Design and has more than 7 years in the industry. She has worked for firms specializing in hospitality and high-end residential. Independently, she has completed residential and commercial projects in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, London & Mykonos.

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