Hamilton Is Finally In L.A.! Ten Gift Ideas Inspired By The Epic Musical

Hamilton Is Finally In L.A.! Ten Gift Ideas Inspired By The Epic Musical

Whew! That was the longest wait ever! But we finally got it: Hamilton is HERE! And believe the hype, HamFam. The L.A. production is absolutely amazing and will be delivering the show of a lifetime at the Pantages through December.

If you didn’t sell your car to buy resale tickets (and if you did, we totally understand!) and are looking for some unique gifts inspired by Hamilton, check out what we’ve got in the Melrose Avenue shopping district.

1. HAMILTON, THE PROLIFIC WRITER

Alexander Hamilton was a master communicator. Yes, he was an orator but the majority of his long-term impact came from the words he put on paper. Most of them were thoughtful and impactful (and some were just selfish and impactful). Thankfully, those written words were retained and were the basis of the musical. Create your own history and put your thoughts in one of Spitfire Girl’s eco-friendly cherry wood notepads. The selection includes several Ham-themed cover images.

SPITFIRE GIRL
7401 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.424.7340
www.spitfiregirl.com

2. SISTER POWER

Elizabeth, Angelica, and Peggy are the sheroes of Hamilton. Faithful to family, friends, and community to the end, the Schuyler sisters bring the heart and soul to the story (and the sweetest songs to the show). Some consider them to be pre-Feminists, using their wealth and status to both live their best lives and help others. Celebrate the power of womanhood and sisterhood with adornments made for today’s lady leaders at New Profanity.

NEW PROFANITY
7418 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.420.7779
www.newprofanity.com

3. THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE CROWN

The hilarious highlight of Hamilton is, of course, the appearance of man-baby King George. His arrogance and insecurity are matched only by his cruelty but his character is somehow still a foppish delight! Nothing would inspire a revenge track from George like sporting a cooler headpiece than the monarch’s. For that, Cosmo and Natalia fearlessly create toppers suitable for ruling any realm. And once you see the other works of fashion art, you’ll be back.

COSMO AND NATHALIA
7563 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.879.9619
www.cosmoandnathalia.com

4. DRESSING FOR THE REVOLUTION

War was a decidedly fashionable affair in 1776. The uniform of the Continental Army reflected the menswear of the day: coast, waistcoat, breaches, and cocked hats. Detail was critical, with impeccable metal embellishments. Much of Hamilton takes place during wartime, and the military costumes are pretty close to rock and roll stagewear. Typhoon has an incredible selection of modern military looks for both men and women. You’ll make quite an entrance in one of these jackets.

TYPHOON FASHION
7601 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.655.8985

5. WATCH YOUR NECK

Seriously, colonial cravats are a fashion trend aching for a comeback. They are an important part of the show’s costuming for sure, elevating the presence of the key players. Ladies of the day didn’t indulge in fancy neckwear (it was all about the generous bodice), but ladies of this day can incorporate a beautiful, vintage-looking choker by Yessica Talian by visiting New Profanity.

NEW PROFANITY
7418 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.420.7779
www.newprofanity.com

6. THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENED

The Hamilton set is all wood. The Pantages even smells a little woodsy. It reflects the time, of course, and depending on the action, can feel either warm and safe or cold and insecure. It’s clean and sturdy looking, yet a little rustic. Making anything with wood, by hand, takes a lot of energy and time, so it feels special. At Object, you’ll find unique, thoughtfully-crafted pieces – most are one of a kind and vintage – to bring one of the oldest art and architecture forms into your room.

OBJECT
6910 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
323.936.0021
www.object-la.com

7. TEN DUEL COMMANDMENTS

Duels were considered a last, but perfectly acceptable, way to resolve disputes. For as ghastly a proposition as it is (two enter, one exits), they came with a set of rules which were largely followed by participants for fair dueling. Spitfire Girl has a pair of refined throw pillows commemorating the long-gone gentlemanly way to fight.

SPITFIRE GIRL
7401 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.424.7340
www.spitfiregirl.com

8. COLONIAL HIP HOP

Hamilton struck a chord not only with its emotional and inspiring story, but with its unforgettable hip hop soundtrack and choreography. Making the American Revolution cool meant having dynamic and contemporary music and dance. If you want to move like Miranda, Playground LA offers just the kind of dance an aspiring Hamilton cast member needs: hip hop (beginner to advanced), jazz funk, and grooves.

PLAYGROUND LA
7375 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
323.413.2845
www.playgroundla.dance

9. WE LOVE LAFAYETTE

The flamboyant Frenchman Marquis de Lafayette is an unforgettable character in Hamilton. He was critical to the success of the American military against the British, and was a hero to the Revolutionaries. Celebrate France with another of its important contributions to the world: wine. Domaine LA has a significant selection of wine from many regions in France at many price points. Drink with me (ooops, wrong musical.)

DOMAINE LA
6801 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
323.932.0280
www.domainela.com

10. IN NEW YORK YOU CAN BE A NEW MAN

Hamilton is the story of America, but it hinges on the promise that New York City held for the Founding Father-to-be. In its early days, the city held promise and hope for a new land, and for Alexander, a new man. If you’ve been there, you know, it is a uniquely special American city. You can enjoy a taste of its old school dining culture and community at Frankie’s on Melrose. With its cool east coast swinger vibe and an exceptional menu of Italian classics, you can get a taste of that NY experience.

FRANKIES ON MELROSE
7228 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 937-2801
http://www.frankiesonmelrose.com/

 

About Deborah Brosseau

Deborah Brosseau provides audience development services to arts & entertainment, lifestyle, and non-profit clients. She is a freelance writer, providing anything from local listicles to corporate profiles for various online publications. Having first experienced Melrose in the ’80s, she enjoys writing about the old school creatives as well as the progressive new ones.