Monocle Opens First Stateside Shop in L.A.

monocle shop.jpgCraving a special 60th anniversary edition Artek stool? In want of a Comme des Garçons-approved fragrance inspired by Japanese hot-spring baths and Scandinavian forests? On the hunt for a Valextra notebook swathed in buttery, mustard-hued leather? Get thee to Los Angeles, where Tyler Brûlé‘s Monocle (“a global briefing covering international affairs, business, culture, and design”) today opened its second retail outpost. Like the magazine’s first shop, which debuted last year in London’s Marylebone, the stateside Monocle Shop is wee—a mere 115 square feet worth of the the Brentwood County Mart—but ambitious, stocking everything from limited-edition collaboration products such as smart-sized travel bags to the full complement of Monocle backissues. Where will a Monocle Shop pop up next? We hear that Tokyo is at the top of Brûlé’s wish list. Perhaps he’ll seek inspiration from Tokyo’s Tokyo, Yoshitaka Haba‘s new “editorial” airport gift shop that is featured in the April issue of Monocle.