A Peek Inside LA’s Indie Designer Paradise Individual Medley
Welcome to Mama Shops, an FM Journal series that highlights beautiful stores owned by mothers.
We've been fans of Individual Medley for several years now, and it’s one of the few stores that we can't seem to leave without a bag in hand. Husband and wife duo (and new parents to daughter Alma) Justin Boyes and Monica Navarro have created a design-savvy haven in LA's family-friendly neighborhood of Atwater Village: warm wood, aromatic candles, and rows of other gorgeous goods create a cozy, stylish vibe that beckons you to come in and stay a while.
The diverse selection of men and women’s apparel, accessories, home goods, apothecary, and children's wares are carefully selected by the couple who have clearly poured their heart and soul into the business. We can always count on finding our favorite labels — including Dusen Dusen, Black and Ilana Kohn — and at the same time discover new ones (Baleen was a discovery on a recent visit). That said, we were psyched to connect with Monica and dish about how she's enjoying her new role as a mother, the shop's latest renovations, and her current in-store obsessions.
You’re a new mom! How is it so far?
It's been amazing! I feel everything from being excited to surprised and even feeling overwhelmed. As much as you prepare you're never fully prepared.
Being a full-time mom and small business owner is no easy task, and there’s no right way to make it all work. What approach are you taking to try to manage it all?
I am doing the best that I can and I have an amazing staff that keeps everything together.
You guys recently revamped the store; it looks even more stunning! Tell us about the latest upgrades.
We were so lucky to have Jay Nelson design an in-store wood installation. His piece is the focal point of the store. We also collaborated with Kat + Roger for the pendant lights that hang within the installation — they are truly incredible. It feels like you're in a cozy den or boat or somewhere other than a shop! We were so excited with the outcome!
What do you love about being in located in Atwater Village?
Everyone is very supportive of small businesses and of one another. It has been wonderful getting to know the people in the neighborhood and seeing their families grow. It's also a walking neighborhood, so I get to see a lot of people and dogs everyday! The neighborhood has grown: new shops and restaurants are here now, but the community and creative aspect remains the same.
What are some of your favorite items in the shop right now?
Everything by Ilana Kohn, Helen Levi Ceramics, and LOQ shoes.
Where do you look for inspiration if you’re ever feeling stuck?
I take a day trip out to Ojai or Joshua Tree.
What’s been your proudest moment so far?
I pinch myself every day that I'm living my dream. I feel so lucky to do what I do. I have met some of my dearest friends, laughed, cried, watched babies learn to walk, gotten starstruck, shared the day with some amazing people, and had my daughter all because of this store. But I would say my proudest moment would be the first day I brought Alma in to the shop. She was maybe 10 days old, and I'm excited that she's going to be growing up seeing her mom live this dream; I hope it inspires her.
Individual Medley is located at 3176 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039. (323) 665-5344. Hours: Sunday through Saturday, 10am to 7pm.
Ruby Nichols is a Fashion Mamas LA member, the founder of Almanac of Style, and mama to Dash.