Designer Marin Hopper Shares Her Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles
The creator of Hayward and Hopper gives us a tour of her hometown
With its endless sprawl, pedestrian-unfriendly streets, and lack of discernable city center, Los Angeles — the city Carey McWilliams once described as a “gigantic improvisation” — is not the kind of place that lends itself to spontaneous discovery. Which is why it takes a true local to crack the city’s veneer.
“I even love to drive,” she quips.
The daughter of Hollywood legend Dennis Hopper and actress-author Brooke Hayward, Marin spent her childhood between Malibu, where her godmother, Jane Fonda, had a place, and her family’s home in the Hollywood Hills.
“I have a tremendous attachment to the city,” says Marin. “My mom was born there, my dad was born in Kansas but moved to the city as a young actor, and my closest friends live there. It’s where I get all of my visual inspiration.”
This month, Hayward — which runs the gamut from structured leather crossbody bags to python clutches and pink mohair shoppers — will launch at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, one of Marin’s most beloved stores and her “favorite place to shop for accessories.”
We caught up with the designer to get the lowdown on her other top spots in the city.
“I like stores that inspire me and feel authentic to place — like JF Chen’s eponymous shop on Melrose Avenue. The store is set inside this really industrial space, but it carries every furniture style imaginable, from midcentury and Renaissance to Baroque. Another favorite is Lily Lodge, a flower shop that stocks beautiful vases and ceramics and is owned by a friend of mine, Ariana Lambert Smeraldo. For clothes, I’ll go to RTH. The brand has a very lived-in California feel, and I always leave with a pair of jeans and a great shirt. Another wonderful West Hollywood spot is Amanu, where you can go and get made-to-order leather sandals similar to the kind you get at Canforain Capri. Lastly, I like Tortoise General Store, which recently moved from Venice to a new location in Mar Vista. It’s where I get most of my home and kitchen wares.”
“I’m not a breakfast person, but I’ll go out to Venice to have a pastry and a coffee at Gjusta Bakery. It’s a complete Los Angeles experience — they have a beautiful sunny patio, mountains of fresh produce, and a parking lot. Another favorite is Raffi’s Place in Pasadena, where you can sit outside and have really delicious Persian food. Two of my other go-tos are Soregashi, a sublime sushi spot tucked away in a nondescript strip mall in Hollywood, and e. baldi Ristorante in Beverly Hills, which serves a guilt-free pasta dish made from hearts of palm. Oh, and I love the hamburgers and fresh-made pies at the Apple Pan on Pico Boulevard.”
“If I want atmosphere, a strong drink, and good lighting, I’ll go to the Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Or I’ll go to Giorgio’s at The Standard, Hollywood, where there's a dance party every Saturday night. I also like to go dancing at Tango Mio and see my musician friends perform at Whisky a Go Go.”
“The Beverly Hills Hotel is such an icon. The pool scene is legendary— it's sophisticated and old-school, like something you'd find in the French Riviera. I'll usually stop for a cappuccino at the Fountain Coffee Room. I grew up going there as a kid, and there are still a handful of people who work there who knew my mom and dad.”
“Hauser & Wirth occupies an entire city block in the downtown Arts District. It’s a stunning compound that’s very well curated. Another beautiful space is Sprueth Magers, right across from LACMA. I also find the Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery to be super inspiring. It has this incredible site-specific work by James Turrell and a stunning landscaped forecourt. It feels like an oasis.”
“Whenever I’m in L.A., I’ll try to get in an early morning hike at either Runyon Canyon or Paseo Miramar, in the Pacific Palisades. The latter has the most incredible ocean views, and it’s never too crowded.”