Alchemy Works

Alchemy Works

Photos: Mike Selsky
Words: Tiffany Chan

Stepping into Alchemy Works feels like a mashup of a museum and a really well-decorated beachside cabin. I’m not talking about the kind of home where there’s motifs of Americana lighthouses everywhere — I’m talking about that weathered wood, saltwater-soaked type of home where you have things found from the ocean displayed everywhere. The entire east wall of the store has shelves filled with found items — preserved coral, antiquated bottles — alongside Alchemy’s adventure-ready goods for sale.


You can find wallets and accessories that are made so well that they’ll probably outlive you. You can find a real Warhol (Liz Taylor, above). There's also good reads to inspire your next adventure – I recommend Monster Children. But for sure my favorite aspect of the store, and what I find so beautifully museum-esque about it, is its series of massive photographs along its west wall. Dwell in front of these huge portraits of the ocean for a moment. They'll feel expansive; they are an immersive experience.

The wonderful thing about these specially-curated stores in LA is their particular ways of making you feel encompassed in something. Alchemy Works, with its high ceilings, oceanic curios, and explorational experience, might be the closest you can get to the Pacific even though you’re half an hour away. For being in midst of the concrete sprawl that is LA, this is a welcome escape.