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In this carefully edited collection of independent designer finds, everything is something special.

Favoring the European lines she loves, Melissa fills her open, studio-style store with items that entertain an interplay of opposites: casual and elegant, refined and raw, edgy and classic, simple and sophisticated. Applying her Parsons School of Design background, she searches for silhouettes that work, styles that inspire, quality that endures. She compliments her fashion collection with textiles, ceramics and thoughtful gifts. With patience and warmth, associates offer assistance as needed, leaving visitors to experience the shop as their own kind of escape, sending them on their way a little more inspired than when they came.

It speaks to me. It adds to my life.
It makes me feel good.

So goes the buying philosophy of Melissa Lovoy, proprietor and curator at Lake. Named for its situation in mellow-chic Silver Lake, the breezy shop brings a European sensibility to Los Angeles. Shelves are dotted with handmade housewares that make the home happier. Racks hang with easily styled garments of simplified glamour. Small-batch apothecary products heighten beauty rituals with rare ingredients and arousing fragrances.

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