L.A.’s Best Day Trip

Contributing editor Carolynn Carreño takes us on a low-key “daycation” of strolling canals, bohemian shops, and gourmet cafés in her favorite neighborhood, Venice Beach.

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Denim and more at The Stronghold
Photographer Thomas J. Story

Retail Therapy

The Stronghold (1625 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310/399-7221) is still known for California denim cut and made by hand, just as it was when it was founded in 1895. The store is a throwback to another era, with antique oak furnishings, a small sitting area where customers are offered a drink from a cut-crystal decanter, and, most importantly, merchandise.

In addition to off-the-rack and made-to-measure denim (including indigo high-waisted “pin-up shorts” that I covet), you’ll find Bay Rum aftershave (a barbershop classic), vintage eyewear and timepieces, Filson coats and bags, Pendleton blankets, suspenders, vests, and boots. Everything you need for a new Old California life.

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