Burning Man Must-Haves: Get Your Burn On The Melrose Way

Burning Man Must-Haves: Get Your Burn On The Melrose Way

Burning Man is coming up at the end of the month – and to get your burn on in style, Melrose Ave. is a one-stop-shop for all your fest needs. From the coolest outfits to the best accessories, all your must-haves are right here.

Hats

Let’s start at the top: looking for some shade from the desert heat? Check out these shops for headgear.

AMERICAN SUPERIOR VINTAGE

Hats of all kinds in funky styles from the 1930s to 1990s are among the many finds at this vintage boutique. Unique hats add the ultimate finishing touch and shade from the heat for just about any burner-style. There’s boater straw hats, 60s-era floppy wide brims, fedoras, cowboy hats, and much more.

American Superior Vintage
7377 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 852-0969
https://www.facebook.com/AmericanSuperiorVintage/

HOLLYWOOD HATTERS

Hollywood Hatters carries over 1,000 quality hats for girls and guys. Bowlers, boaters, newsboy caps, Panama hats, top hats – if it goes on your head, this shop has it. Hollywood Hatters also specializes in custom sizing and name brands like Borsalino, Golden Gate Hat Co., Broner, Stetson, and the New York Hat Company, among others.

Hollywood Hatters
6905 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 525-1912
https://hollywoodhatters.com/

Jewelry

If it shines and glitters, it makes the perfect touch for festival accessorizing.

ATOMIC CITY

Funky style: in silver, leather, and always one-of-a-kind: that’s Atomic City. From rings to bangles, this shop might just blow your mind, but not your budget.

ATOMIC CITY
7612 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
(323) 653-7533
https://www.facebook.com/atomiccityjewelry/

MAYA

Staff members say the coolest jewelry for festival goers this year are sterling rings and crystals. Bone and wood earrings are also a popular buy, and you can find treasures like bead necklaces, slave bracelets, and nose jewelry, too.

Maya
7360 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-2708
http://www.mayahollywood.com/

PARIS FUNK

All things silver—rings, bracelets, necklaces, you name it—you’ll find it shining here. Store owner, Nancy, has been creating unique jewelry her way for celebrities, rappers, and professionals alike, creating unusual pieces to be worn and treasured for years. For an edgy and utterly original look, this is the spot.

PARIS FUNK
7420 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-2626

YONADA

This store—with awesome selections since 1991—features funky and fun accessories like necklaces, wallet chains, belt buckles (above)…all with a rock n’ roll aesthetic that fits in with their cool selection of rockin’ T’s.

YONADA
7653 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 90046
(323) 653-2561
http://www.yonada26.com/

Clothing

What will you wear? That becomes the “burning” question. On Melrose Ave., here are some sharp answers.

2nd STREET

At 2nd STREET, a one-of-a-kind secondhand clothing store, you can find gently-used high quality designer and vintage items, including unique, trendy clothing, shoes and accessories. They also feature new merchandise from more than 500 stores in Japan, so the selection of endlessly cool fashions is extensive and fabulously unusual.

 

2ND STREET
7560 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
(424)433.5997
https://2ndstreetusa.com/

AMERICAN REBEL /SLOW

From vintage fringed leather jackets to bold-colored rompers, American Rebel has that Burning Man style. 60s and 70s-era looks are everywhere here, with wild patterns and ponchos vibrating with color.

American Rebel
7474 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 90046
(323) 655-3725
https://www.instagram.com/americanrebelsociety/?hl=en

COSMO’S GLAMSQUAD

Celebrity stylist and fashion designer, Cosmo Lombino offers everything from ballroom skirts to a unisex “Assassin” headscarf that will keep the desert dust at bay. Look for sheer lace tops and penguin-tail tees, or go full-out glam with beaded bustiers.

Cosmos Glamsquad
7367 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.951.1141
https://www.cosmosglamsquad.com/

CROSSROADS

A mix of new and used and clothing, Crossroads offers on-trend fashion at discount pricing. Current fashion notes are key with selections that include rompers, wrap skirts, crop tops, and jean shorts.

CROSSROADS
7409 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-8152
https://crossroadstrading.com/

ESSEX

Boutique shopping with plenty of edge: that’s Essex. Look for unique graphic T’s, band shirts, and cute summer cotton dresses. T-shirt with Elvis’ mugshot? Marilyn Manson logo? Route 66? They have it all here.

ESSEX
7425 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 658-8611
https://www.facebook.com/essexclothing

FOXTHAT

Custom-made designer dresses, recycled black leather jackets; FoxThat is the epitome of hip. Popular for Burners? T-shirts, some designed by very zen yogis.

FOX THAT
7527 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 383-3046

MELROSE TRADING POST

With over 240 vendors selling jewelry, clothing, and unique body adornments, the only thing this Sunday-only shopping Heaven doesn’t have are corporate brands. Browsing and buying will make your day – and your Burning Man experience.

MELROSE TRADING POST
7850 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: (323) 655-7679 ext. 103
www.Melrosetradingpost.org

NATHATLIA GAVIRA BLACK

For trend-setting, chic, and often adrogynous cutting-edge contemporary fashion, Nathalia Gaviria Black has capes, jackets, catsuits, and clothes that are pure style, irreverant and simply like nothing you’ll see anywhere else in town. 

NATHATLIA GAVIRA BLACK
7563 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 879-9619
http://www.nathaliagaviria.net/

ROCK ETIQUETTE

Gauzy dresses and rock n’ roll t-shirts are on fire this season. You’ll love the simple elegance of cut-out dresses that bare a little midriff and are perfect for accessorizing. Or how about a sexy lace-up top or a tie-dyed kimono? 

Rock Etiquette
7550 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-1911
http://www.rocketiquette.com

WASTELAND

For designer looks at discount prices, this collection of used (but not abused) fashion can’t be beat. Selections change weekly, but you’ll find something gorgeous, something retro, something splashy—whatever you’re looking for.

WASTELAND
7428 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 653-3028
www.shopwasteland.com

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 diversionsLA.com.