Hillary Thomas a fabulous local interior designer has opened the cutest shop, aptly calling it ‘chic shop‘ on San Vincente in Brentwood. Hillary’s styles with an eye on the past and a vision for the future, she seeks to bring the unexpected joys to life through great, attainable design. Recently I shopped Chic Shop for teacher gifts and found the most amazing baskets hand woven by Zulu weavers out of telephone wire. They are made in the heart of Zululand, South Africa. The basket designs are the unique vision of each artisan and all one-of-a-kind. The baskets are often created around communal fires and a slight hint of smoke is captured in each basket. These baskets are firm, durable, and washable in warm soapy water. Prices starting at $25 they are the perfect gift that gives back by promoting self-sufficiency for the many telephone wire artisans in rural Africa.
Chic Shop (www.chicshopla.com) @ Brentwood Town Green
11973 San Vicente Boulevard, #202
Los Angeles, CA 90049 (ph 877-287-9708)