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Celebrate Pi Day, Shop Minimalist-Luxe Wares in DTLA's Arts District

Welcome to Perfect Saturday, a weekly Racked feature in which we outline the best places to shop and spend the afternoon in a particular neighborhood, starting with brunch and ending—who knows!

Photo: Alchemy Works
Photo: Alchemy Works

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It's been a hot minute since our last visit to Downtown's intersection of cool in the Arts District. To toast everyone's favorite zillion-digit mathematical constant and our favorite afternoon activities, we're revisiting the stylish block for a very special Pi Day edition of Perfect Saturday.

Up ahead, see your grubbing and shopping itinerary, which starts with a slice at The Pie Hole (of course) and ends with interior design inspo at newly-renovated antiques haven Hammer and Spear. Where will you be on 3/14/15 9:26:53?


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Embark on your adventure at sweet and savory eatery The Pie Hole (714 Traction Ave.), a frequent Eater stop thanks to its "riffs on American classics that set [it] apart." In addition to its regular "swoon-worthy" menu (we're fans of the Veggie Breakfast Hand Pie and the Mac 'n' Cheese), the pie and coffee shop is whipping up a Thai Iced Tea pie specifically for mathematical-inspired occasion. LA Weekly notes that the cafe is also unveiling a few new seasonal offerings, including a gluten-free Almond Joy pie and strawberry rhubarb pie.


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Next, follow the day's numerical theme and walk up the street to minimalist-luxe boutique 12345 Clothing (811 Traction Ave.). There, find cult-cool labels like MM6, Henrik Vibskov, Timo Weiland, and much more for your avant-garde-leaning closet. Bonus: the shop is also having a major sale right now.


Photo: Alchemy Works

Continue your retail therapy down Third Street and head over to essential indie shop Alchemy Works (826 E. Third St.), a gallery-like space that stocks LA talents like bag maven Clare Vivier, luxe leather label Parabellum, textile designer Rachel Craven, globally-conscious brand Apolis (which boasts an equally cool flagship next door), and many others. While you're there, peep the latest styles at Warby Parker's showroom, then grab pick-me-up sips next door at Black Top Coffee; you'll need a caffeinated cold brew to cool off in the expected high temps.


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Next, walk east on Third Street and head north on Garey Street to charming lifestyle boutique Woo (209 S. Garey St.), which stocks founder/designer Staci Woo's clothing and accessories alongside cute giftables. Find the local talent's Cali-cool apparel and "underwoos" for women and kids, plus eco-friendly bath products by Level Naturals, vintage Moroccan pillows, wooden children's toys, and more.


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Finally, end your day at essential home decor haven Hammer & Spear (255 S Santa Fe Ave., #101). The cool interiors shop recently expanded its digs and plans on throwing a grand reopening bash soon, but its renovated shop is open for business right this minute. In addition to tons of antique and vintage finds fit for an industrial-modern abode, find luxe stationery by Bliss and Bone, apothecary products by Grown Alchemist, accessories by Spark and Pepper, and more.