Coachella and Stagecoach: Vintage Finds for Good Times

Coachella and Stagecoach: Vintage Finds for Good Times

Title image above from Coachella 2015: The New “Style Rules”



Looking for unique clothing and accessories for Coachella and Stagecoach? The vintage clothing shops on Melrose are the perfect place for spring festival shopping, planning ahead for Burning Man, or simply shopping for one-of-a-kind attire.

At Crossroads, store supervisor Bree Dalyrimple notes that some of her top sellers are denim, and anything that’s got lace is prime for Coachella. “We have great denim brands like Seven7 and Citizens of Humanity jeans. And we have a full assortment of dresses from brands ranging from TopShop to designers like Gucci and Prada.” But it’s lace that Dalyrimple calls the top must-have for this spring’s festivals. “Lace on shorts, lace dresses, lace tops – these are all exciting choices, and we have lots to choose from.”

01-for-the-love--lemonsDalyrimple says Crossroads carries many styles of For Love & Lemons. “The brand sells very hot for Coachella, and we’re fortunate to carry a lot of different items from tops and dresses to cute little bralets.” The supremely sexy, and yes, lacy, bralet-look comes in a variety of vibrant colors with features like tulle fabric, and lace cups with appliqué.

Just a few blocks away at American Vintage, sales associate Hector Soto says leather is one of their big sellers for Coachella. “And of course we stock vintage T-shirts, leather jackets, and dresses and shirts from the 1940s to the 001-american-vintage60s era hippie look all the way up to the 80s.” From prairie dresses and fringed jackets to cowboy boots and cocktail dresses, there’s something here to fit any taste. There’s an ample selection of both mens and women’s styles. The store is essentially a treasure trove of dress-up clothes and high fashion, and is a great spot to shop for boots of all kinds, from cowboy looks to thigh-high mod.


American Rebel

For an even more classic look, there’s American Vintage’s sister store, American Rebel. There, sales associate Dean Lopez describes vintage dresses dating back to the 1920s. “Our most sought-after items are from 50s,” he attests. “And then we have custom-made clothing that’s really terrific for Coachella and Stagecoach. We have tops made with daisies, suede-fringed vests in brown and black, leather shorts, and sexy gold metallic shorts.” Also on the rack: kimonos crafted by the shop’s owners from vintage 70s-era silk scarves. No two are alike, which means entirely individual attire. Spanning the decades 01-wastelandfrom a 40s-period sun dress to tie-dye T-shirts, this is the spot for some enticingly hip finds.

Wasteland’s vintage offerings also inspire festival-goers with a wide range of cool looks.

Inventory manager Troy Kelley describes what this vibrantly stocked shop has to offer. “We are mainly a designer re-sale store. We have current fashions that you can find at stores



like  Barney’s, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales. We also strive to find the most varied and unusual vintage pieces along with current fast-fashion brands and

trends,” he says. And for Coachella? “We have excellent vintage leathers and florals, pieces that have real history, electric, exciting vintage styles.” From funky to designer brands, this capacious store carries a wealth of styles, like Marc Jacobs’ jackets, fun Givenchy sandals, and trendy H & M dresses, its all on the racks. And don’t forget eye-wear to filter the bright desert festival sunshine. Wasteland has a wide selection of sunglasses like Gucci and Barton Perreira.

For eclectic clothing and footwear styles, there’s only one street that has it all, and a bevy of stores to explore – and that’s Melrose Avenue.

American Rebel
Address: 7474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone:(323) 944-0195

American Vintage
7575 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone:(323) 944-0640

7409 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone:(323) 782-8152

7428 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone:(323) 653-3028

About Genie Davis

GENIE DAVIS is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer living in Los Angeles. Her novels range from suspense to romance, mystery, and literary fiction, with titles including mystery thriller Marathon, the noir Gun to the Head, and the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse, Between the Sheets and Animal Attraction. In film, her screen work also spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy, has written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and wrote and co-produced the independent film, Losing Hope. As a journalist, you can see her work in many publications including her own