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post #2776 of 2979
I'm heading down with family, a bit of scouting for a potential move from the Bay. Staying in Playa Del Ray.

Any ideas of restaurants and things to do with kids that would be better than the typical crap?
post #2777 of 2979
I went to Inspiration last year, it was well worth the visit. There is so much amazing, one of a kind stuff to see and ogle. There's also a lot of stuff to buy at different price points and in different styles - denim, 50's, western, Ivy, military, surf, leathers, etc. If you want to spend money and you like vintage, you'll have more trouble narrowing down your choices than you will finding things you like. I imagine some of the vendors take credit, but I'm sure that many are cash only.
post #2778 of 2979
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Originally Posted by ShootThePier View Post

Anybody headed to Inspiration L.A. This weekend?
Thinking about going. Much to buy? Cash or credit?

I'll be there on Saturday. It's really fun. Prices are close to retail, for the most part, don't expect flea market, but there's a lot of great dealers and brands there.
post #2779 of 2979
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I went to Inspiration last year, it was well worth the visit. There is so much amazing, one of a kind stuff to see and ogle. There's also a lot of stuff to buy at different price points and in different styles - denim, 50's, western, Ivy, military, surf, leathers, etc. If you want to spend money and you like vintage, you'll have more trouble narrowing down your choices than you will finding things you like. I imagine some of the vendors take credit, but I'm sure that many are cash only.

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I'll be there on Saturday. It's really fun. Prices are close to retail, for the most part, don't expect flea market, but there's a lot of great dealers and brands there.

I'm close enough that I'll probably do a Friday afternoon/evening run.
Depending on the number of drinks at dinner afterwards, I'll post thoughts here.
post #2780 of 2979
Inspiration L.A. was very well set up. Met some great people, Julian from Julian Boots, Andrew from High Grade, and more. Also some faces in the crowds.
Mostly vintage and workwear originals on display, and for sale.
DJ and charity bar. Easy parking. Enjoy.
post #2781 of 2979
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I'm not going, but I saw this graffiti on Melrose Place yesterday......


Thank you for sharing.  I always enjoy your pictures and this is a nice find.

 

 

 

On the topic of Inspiration L.A. it would be interesting to go and talk to Brian the Bookmaker of Roll Club Boots.  He seems like a nice guy and interested in doing custom projects, not only engineer boots.  I've seen him do chukkas and I'm curious if he'd do a jodhpur-inspired style.  

post #2782 of 2979
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Originally Posted by akatsuki View Post

I'm heading down with family, a bit of scouting for a potential move from the Bay. Staying in Playa Del Ray.

Any ideas of restaurants and things to do with kids that would be better than the typical crap?
Maybe Playa Provisions. There's an Italian place called Cantalini's at Culver & Vista Del Mar that's decent and colorful - classic old Playa neighborhood joint where my brother and I used to eat with my dad when he lived in that neighborhood 30+ years ago (before Dreamworks and Playa Vista screwed it up). In Marina Del Rey (basically the neighborhood next door) Pitfire Pizza on Washington is decent, Cafe Del Rey is so-so and overpriced but has a nice view of the harbor and moored boats. Again in MDR/Venice, but right where Washington hits the beach there's a cluster of places that are all solidly OK and pretty much fungible depending on what you're in the mood for (burgers, Mexican, Italian, seafood, etc.) and share the appeal of being a block off the strand if your kids would enjoy that. Or venture south to Redondo, get pick-your-own seafood at Capt. Kidd's in King Harbor, eat it sitting outside looking at the harbor, then go walk on the Redondo Pier and buy the kids churros.
post #2783 of 2979

Inspiration was good. Lots of great stuff and vendors. It's always good to see old friends and meet new ones. Deals were there, I got some new SS16 stuff for less than half of retail from a couple of my favorite makers. Admission price and parking had me at $65 just walking in, so that offsets savings a little bit, but for an afternoon of entertainment and talking clothes and style with some innovative and creative manufacturers it's not a bad price I guess. Some of the styles were borderline cosplay. Some were great, some were awful, some were just sort of operation shock and awe. All in all a good event but damn the traffic on the 405 after leaving.

post #2784 of 2979
Went to Officine Brera last night.

I was impressed. I hate factory kitchen and thought this would be more of the same. The nastrinin pasta was damn good and the dry aged ribeye tasted like a bisteca in Florence.
post #2785 of 2979
I didn't make it to Inspiration but I did go to the after party at RRL with a friend that's deep into that vintage world. That was a fun scene - it was a like a vintage clothing masquerade ball.
post #2786 of 2979
Here's a random query: have any of you ever stayed at or even been inside the Belamar Hotel--off of Sepulveda between LAX & Manhattan Beach? I'm trying to scope out budget-to-moderate venues for a wedding and it seems promising, but I won't be able to check it out in person for a while.
post #2787 of 2979
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Here's a random query: have any of you ever stayed at or even been inside the Belamar Hotel--off of Sepulveda between LAX & Manhattan Beach? I'm trying to scope out budget-to-moderate venues for a wedding and it seems promising, but I won't be able to check it out in person for a while.

 

Nope, but good luck!  I'm glad I don't have to go through that whole process again (at least I hope).  All I can recommend is if you're trying to get a deal, usually off-season (meaning late fall/winter) and not on a Saturday can save you some dollars.  Had ours on a Sunday in November.  Should also help to keep the guest list down too.

post #2788 of 2979
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Originally Posted by erictheobscure View Post

Here's a random query: have any of you ever stayed at or even been inside the Belamar Hotel--off of Sepulveda between LAX & Manhattan Beach? I'm trying to scope out budget-to-moderate venues for a wedding and it seems promising, but I won't be able to check it out in person for a while.

 

I went to a birthday dinner there a few years ago, seemed nice. Haven't been inside the banquet facility since the bar mitzvah circuit of 1994.

post #2789 of 2979
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Originally Posted by erictheobscure View Post

Here's a random query: have any of you ever stayed at or even been inside the Belamar Hotel--off of Sepulveda between LAX & Manhattan Beach? I'm trying to scope out budget-to-moderate venues for a wedding and it seems promising, but I won't be able to check it out in person for a while.
Went for a happy hour event a few years ago. The hotel itself is fine. I assume you're looking for an all-in-one place for the ceremony and reception. Otherwise, there are nicer spots and perhaps even cheaper like Wayfarer's or Redondo Beach Historic Library. La Venta is the best overall place in all the South Bay but I'm biased as I'm just down the street.
post #2790 of 2979
Speaking of the South Bay, any good tailor recommendations? I usually go to a Korean dry cleaner/tailor for simple hems but need a more skillful hand for a couple of suits.
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