Like other aspects of Palm Springs, shopping here is a source of novelty. The Uptown Design District, along Palm Canyon Drive, is a hub for mid-century Modern and contemporary furniture and furnishings, including lighting, along with stylish spots for lunch and coffee. Michael recommends the Shops at Thirteen Forty-Five (1345 N. Palm Canyon Drive; theshopsat1345.com), an eclectic collection of apparel, décor, and art—much of it only available in Palm Springs—housed in an architectural landmark. Shoppers find women’s resort wear at Candice Held; jewelry inspired by nature and made by hand at Respect the Chief. Soukie Modern has vintage Moroccan rugs, dazzling wedding blankets, and kilim pillows. Elsewhere, there are boutiques featuring European housewares and stores with Chinese antiques. For the perfect mid-century souvenir—from Iittala glassware to Bitossi ceramics—head to A la Mod (866 N. Palm Canyon Drive; +1-760-327-0707). California fashion designer Trina Turk opened her first shop of women’s ready-to-wear clothing, swimwear, and accessories—apparel known for vibrant colors, bold patterns, and gauzy fabrics—on North Palm Canyon Drive (891 N. Palm Canyon Drive; +1-760-416-2856). An epitome of Palm Springs style, Turk has expanded to include clothing and sportswear for men, Mr. Turk, and boutiques throughout the United States. Perhaps not surprisingly, consignment stores are big in the Coachella Valley. Inventories range from vintage clothing to furniture, house décor, and jewelry. One of the largest, Estate Sale (4185 E. Palm Canyon Drive; +1-760-321-7628), is located conveniently across from the Parker Palm Springs.
The Uptown Design District, along Palm Canyon Drive, is a hub for mid-century Modern and contemporary furniture and furnishings. Photo courtesy of Visit Palm Springs.