In 1991, the surprise discovery of a Lomo Kompakt Automat—a compact Russian camera—in a Vienna shop struck inspiration into a group of local students; they reveled in the shadowy corners, lo-fi graininess, saturated colors, and light-leaks that riddled its photos. The group traveled to the camera's birthplace in St. Petersburg to meet with the original manufacturers at the Lomo PLC factory, and forge a contract for global distribution. Over the next 20 years, the students' venture expanded into Lomography, a global company that develops experimental cameras and accessories and operates stores in 17 countries.
Whether on gallery shop shelves in an online store, Lomography boasts full-size and compact analog cameras, many in hues such as bright blue, green, and goldenrod. Classic cult picture-takers such as the Diana F+, Lomo Kino, and Lomo LC-A+ join experimental eight-frame and fish-eye cameras, pocket cameras, and kinoscopes. Accessories such as flash, wide-angle lens, and fish-eye lens attachments, and a line of darkroom equipment, spur creative exploration and provide justification for annexing the shadiest corners of the basement. Lomography fuels its cameras with film types such as 35mm, 120 medium format, and instant that can be developed at professional studios or through its online development services. The store also compiles photography books and city guides, and fashion such as shirts, bags, and button sets.
The retail progeny of Interior Illusions, whose furnishings and decor have been seen in the Los Angeles Times, Esquire House, and celebrity homes, iSquared outfits shoppers with contemporary and quirky designs. Fashionable beds blend modern foundations with vintage flourishes, and an assortment of lounge chairs seamlessly combines elements such as white oak, graphite, and stainless steel into eye-catching urban recliners. iSquared's table lamps sport mod bases and unconventional angles, proving that light bulbs can be cutting edge and that lampshades look good on things other than siblings' heads.
Now a celebrity makeup artist, Amanda Jacobellis started out by studying art and fashion design. This member of the television, film, and print industries often appears on channels such as E! and Fox. She's also been a guest on Access Hollywood, a show that explores the lives of famous people by looking at their keychains. But before she rubbed elbows with the stars, she pioneered a safer eyelash extension technique known as LAshX. Her product includes the first oil- and glycol-free cleanser and formaldehyde-free adhesive. In 2007, she opened Makeup Mandy where her lash extension system enhances beauty treatments from makeup applications to up-dos and waxing.
The elegantly casual designs of Parisian clothier Emile Lafaurie populate Sean boutiques with a wardrobe of crisp shirts, tailored sweaters, and unexpected accessories that have garnered much praise from the stateside press. In its exclusive locations in New York, San Francisco, Paris, LA, the Hamptons, and Atlantis, Sean lines racks with impeccably tailored polos, oxfords, and sweaters rendered in fine European wool, cotton, and silk. Its suits and casual items are rendered in simple, masculine cuts, modernized with bright colors and poppy patterns, inspiring New York magazine to write that the clothes "channel J. Crew via the Rue de la Paix."
Andrew Christian stocks an arsenal of men's high-quality active wear within its three Los Angeles–area retail locations, which have earned accolades from Men's Health and New York Magazine. Shirts and tanks shroud torsos in classic designs, whereas outerwear in the form of hoodies and blazers keep bodies looking sharp as they walk down the street or into a space shuttle. A 365-day return policy, online shopping, and gift-wrap services augment customers' experiences with the celebrated men's apparel emporium.
With festive specimens starting at 2 feet and stretching skyward to more than 10 feet, the Christmas tree lot at A1 Christmas Trees holds an array of evergreen offerings destined to liven up home interiors. Holiday hunters can peruse and pick from the rows of Douglas Firs, admired for their dense, bushy shape; Grand Firs, dark green and soft to the touch; and ever-popular Noble Firs, soft blue-green and grown only in the Pacific Northwest. When not showing visitors around their tree farm, the professional merry-makers also adorn homes with holiday lighting installations, removing the hassle and danger of climbing up on the roof and lassoing fluorescent reindeer.