Last weekend Kabir and I headed to downtown LA to pick up a piece of furniture. If you’ve been to LA before or live there, you know that driving from the west side to downtown is a feat in itself, so we decided to make the most of it and see what we could while we were over there. There was a store called Myrtle that I wanted to check out so we found ourselves at The Row (a brand new shopping area in part of the American Apparel factory. It’s already cool with only a few stores open so can’t imagine what it’s going to be like in six months. The first store we popped into (randomly I may add) was Article Indefini— the coolest authentic french store run by a frenchman himself.
Long story short I walked out with a beret that I didn’t know I needed. Technically it’s a traditional French casquette (gavroche)! If you’ve ever seen Les Miserables, Gavroche is a street urchin who wears the hat! Not all of the items are from France, but they all have an interesting backstory. There are a few men’s coats made by an artisan who used army tents to make them (every piece)!
We literally were in there for an hour talking to the owner, Jerome Jacques, (and went back so Kabir could buy a jacket that he was thinking on) who was so informative, kind and knowledgeable. Seriously a good salesman if I bought a beret because 1) I’m stingy and 2) I’ve never worn a beret in my life. But I LOVE mine now. And it’s a classic piece that I can keep for the rest of my life and pass to my children which is kind of a cool idea. Berets pop in and out but they are very classic.
Thank you to Jerome at Article Indefini for talking to us for so long and teaching me about berets. We walked out with things we did not expect to that Saturday, but are thrilled about it clearly. 🙂