Our Vision ...
By Cat Makino
The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five at Palm Springs are a mecca for connoisseurs of designer boutiques. The 14 shops, selling everything from clothing and jewelry to art, furniture, decorative accessories, rugs and exterior landscaping, are housed in a modernist building from 1955, designed by E. Stewart Williams. Partners Brandon Hoskins and Stephen Wilson fell in love with the space in 2011 and opened up the next year.
“It was for sale, Mid-Century, and fit our vision to create designer stores,” they said, and after painting it pink (inspired by a modernism tour of Mexico City), “much to our surprise, it was an instant success,” said Hoskins.
Social media attention is partially responsible for its success, but most importantly, the owners and their retailers work as a team.
“Laughter and compassion have helped us through both good and rough times,” Hoskins added. “We wanted our customers to come in and say, ‘I’ve never been anywhere like this before,’” Hoskins said, citing the Paris boutique Merci as their inspiration to carry merchandise that is both edgy and unique, and nothing found in department stores. “During our travels we discovered some concept stores that showed a new kind of retail idea, which influenced our vision.”
What people are saying ...
“We would trek from LA to Palm Springs for a visit to 1345 alone. Aside from everything you can buy there, the building—a modernist structure designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1955—is worth a visit all on its own. Step inside and you’ll find a treasure trove of rare mid-century-inspired home items. Our favorites include wares from Double M pottery: The pastel-patterned, lead-free glazes are all handmade in California, and the mugs, plates, and bowls are all dishwasher-safe.”
A collective of independent boutiques housed under one roof, this treasure trove offers something for any and every palette. Pottery, textiles, vintage furniture, art, clothing, and accessories—you name it—all in a mid-century modern building that will have architecture devotees enamored. Past the festive pink brick front, you’ll find a labyrinth of shop-in-shops, sometimes so seamlessly merged that you can’t tell where one ends and the other starts. While the merchandise is varied, it all offers a certain easygoing, retro vibe that pairs perfectly with the sun-dappled lifestyle that Palm Springs is intent on selling.
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Conde Nast Traveller calls The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five a “One stop fix, This is the kind of place where you can loose an entire day.”
“Another not-to-be-missed retail destination: The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five, a series of 14 mini-stores and galleries that flow together inside a fantastic, mazelike building designed by E. Stewart Williams. Vintage Murano glass, midcentury furniture, art, contemporary menswear, souk rugs, and handmade jewelry are some of the items you’ll find here—as well as pottery by the renowned ceramicist Stan Bitters.”
Tucked inside an iconic 1955 building designed by E. Stewart Williams, the Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five are a must-visit for gifts with local desert flair.