Interior Therapy: Thvm & Maxfield

Two of my favorite places to shop for rocker chic clothing are Thvm and Maxfield, whose interior spaces vie for my attention almost as much as their garments. Thvm, pronounced Them, is an acronym for “This here very moment.” Nestled in downtown Los Angeles along the L.A. River, the store is housed in a century-old brick paint factory that shows evident signs of age, but nonetheless adds charm to the location. Thvm is more than just the natural-dyed premium jeans that founders Brian Kim and Olga Nazarova are heralded for, but rather the store also acts as an events venue and art gallery where noted local artists, like Ishi Glinsky and Caitie Hawkins, have contributed installations.

On the opposite side of town in the swanky stretch of West Hollywood’s most covetable shops and eateries rests Maxfield. The cool concrete exterior and three large Roger Herman sculptures near the store’s entrance is a far cry from the richly warm interior. Eccentric touches of skull-shaped candles and antique gold desk accessories add to the affectionate ambiance and is perfect for anyone with a bit of an edge. Founded in 1969 by Tommy Perse, Maxfield is a Los Angeles institution widely credited for introducing brands like Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto to the West Coast in the 80s.

If you are looking to channel your inner Joan Jett or Slash, or just want to get your interior therapy fix on, then I highly recommend putting Thvm and Maxfield on your list of shopping spots.