Design District: for a Piece of the Palm Springs Vibe
Some might call it an oasis in the desert. Others just call it the Uptown District. Like a true oasis, this design district is full of color, mystery, and mouth-watering smells emanating from the restaurants that dot the mile long stretch of shops and galleries. There’s no getting around the fact that the Palm Springs Design District has a hip vibe, and there’s no doubt you’ll want to take some of that vibe home with you.Palm Springs takes a modern vision and combines it with mid-century design to create something truly unique that screams Palm Springs and nowhere else.
At A La Mod, you’ll ﬁ nd home furnishings as well as sculptures and lighting that will give you a home a true Palm Springs feels. When it comes to jewelry, a stop at the Gallery 24 Jewelry is a must. Of course, no shopping trip is complete without a stop at Deja Vu Vintage Finery.
You’ll ﬁnd fashions from the 50’s through the 80’s here. Many of the shops feature well-known local and national artists. Take 3 Contemporary is an art gallery that shows art from local artists that work in a variety of mediums and Trina Turk Palm Springs is the ﬂagship for Trina Turk. This boutique offers women’s and men’s fashions, fabrics and accessories. In addition, Shag The Store is an art gallery that features the work of Josh Agle, also known as SHAG. It is the only store of it’s kind in the entire world.
Finally, the Renegade Art Gallery sells their featured work by silent auction. Their mission is to allow more patrons to bring ﬁne art into their homes at prices that won’t break their budgets. No matter where you look, the Uptown District sets itself apart by offering buyers unique products that aren’t found elsewhere.
From vintage to modern, and a combination of the two, this design district stands out as one of the great shopping destinations in the United States. What makes this area so wonderful is that instead of buying into the typical, commercial touristy idea of selling items that you’d end up tossing once the novelty wears off, they decided to provide tourists with a one-of-a-kind destination ﬁlled with high-quality designer selections that span the range from clothing and art to home furnishings, and they did so in a welcoming and fun environment lined with lighted palm trees and scenic views of Mount San Jacinto.
While you’re in the area, you’ll also want to check out some of the shopping areas close by. The River at Rancho Mirage provides haute couture as well as a scenic river running through the shopping area. You’ll ﬁ nd some specialty shops including Hats Unlimited and Bobby Chan as well. El Paseo thrills shoppers with ﬁne art, jewelry, spas, and high fashion. You can ﬁ nd Gucci, Burberry, and Juicy Couture. So, if you’re in the area, or are looking for a shopping destination, look no further than the Uptown District at Palm Springs, and make sure you bring a piece of this hip vibe home with you.