Talking Shop With Tiffany Payne Malkin
The Arc in Los Angeles
Tiffany Payne Malkin spent nearly two decades in the film industry as a production designer and longed to put her expertise with editing objects and her desire to empower talented craftspeople to use. She found her perfect outlet with The Arc, the L.A. boutique she opened last year on Hollywood Boulevard. Offering refined accessories and handmade homewares primarily by female artisans from around the globe (Japan, Africa and the U.S.), the shop features exhibitions of their work as well.
Tell us about the name.
It comes from the concept of an arc being one part of a circle, which holds universal symbolic meanings relating to inclusivity, spirituality, science, time, life and nature.
Why open up in East Hollywood?
We did a temporary shop just down the street and had a positive experience, so when we were looking for something permanent, we scoured the area and found this space. We love the vibe here. The history, diversity and the new energy.
What will visitors find?
Inspiration–whether from our selection of home goods or wardrobe accessories. We’re embracing the creative explosion that’s happening in this city.
New for fall:
We’re growing our bespoke gifting services and launching The Arc Sessions, an event series on topics ranging from modern feng shui to cuisine.
What makes the shop different?
Our dedication to handcrafted objects made by women from Maine to Morocco. You won’t find anything cookie-cutter.
PHOTO: MICHAEL SPEARS
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