Meet The L.A. Textile Maven You Need to Know
For the next entry in my “Hidden in Plain Sight” series, I selected Pat McGann, a Vintage textile and home decor shop tucked into a charming 1940’s storefront on La Cienega’s Antique Row.
Pat McGann opened her shop on the Northern end of La Cienega between Melrose Place and Santa Monica Blvd. in the early 90’s prior to the formation of the LCDQ or La Cienaga Design Quarter host to the annual Legends event.
A Treasure Trove of gorgeous textiles, vintage furniture and accessories
Pat McGann is a world traveler with a keen eye for design and detail. The length of her shop looks onto a private brick walkway and courtyard filled with mature trees and potted plants.
An early 20th Century Pictorial Samarkand Rug discovered on one of Pat’s sourcing trips adorns a wall in the main room. Sculptural bronze mid-century lamps, a tufted English leather settee and Pat’s signature rosary beads finish off the space.
Open to the public
I discovered Pat McGann’s shop some 20 years ago. Every visit is a visual treat. I always feel as if I’ve stepped into a private residence. The wall to wall sisal layered with vintage rugs, the antique cabinets filled with vintage textiles and the curated antiques all feel as if they are beloved, unique pieces, collected over time. We as the public all benefit from having access to this carefully curated collection.
You can shop everything you see here. Unfortunately, the beautiful vintage rattan set with custom made indigo and natural white cushions is spoken for, but I’m sure something equally interesting will be taking its place.
I was lucky enough to get a glimpse into Pat’s private workspace located on the second floor across the courtyard from her shop. There’s an adjoining room with French doors, hardwood floors and a view of the courtyard that would make you swear you were in Paris or New Orleans. This is where all the magic happens ✨
Did I mention Pat McGann has some of the most gorgeous textiles in town?
The pillow room! Sheer heaven. Pat sources the majority of her textiles in India and Morocco in addition to using select modern lines. So many gorgeous patterns, colors and textures to choose from. Whoever makes her pillows is a true artist. The fill and the tailoring are impeccable!
Much of the architecture on the northern end of La Cienaga looks to have been built in the early 40’s. With brick pathways and private courtyards, I’ve often wondered what the structures were originally built for.
After doing a bit of research, I discovered some of the buildings were initially used as private garages.
It was also interesting to learn the area played a major role in the contemporary art scene in the late 50’s.
Ferus Gallery 1958
Clockwise from top left: artists Al Bengston, Blum, Moses and Altoon | 1959 William Claxton / Demont Photo Management
The Ferus Gallery occupied the space at 723 N. La Cienega across the street from where Pat McGann ‘s shop is today.
When Walter Hopps opened the gallery in 1957 he started a cultural revolution in Los Angeles at a time when there were no real art museums.
Gallery Row / Monday Night Art Walks
More galleries moved into the area which soon became known as Gallery Row. The Monday Night Artwalks became the go to event as captured in this photograph of the David Stuart Gallery at 807 N. La Cienaga by William Claxton, courtesy of Demont Photo Management, LLC. There’s an interesting documentary worth checking out called “The Cool School” that originally aired on Independent Lens. The full documentary on youtube can be viewed here
Today, the Claremont Furnishing Fabrics Shop occupies the former Ferus gallery space.
One of a kind pieces
If you live in Los Angeles or surrounding areas, I suggest you stop by Pat McGann’s shop and make a day of it. There’s plenty to see in the area and lots of cafes and coffee bars within walking distance. If you live outside of Los Angeles, you’re in luck, the entire inventory for the shop is available online