Sunday, 5:30 p.m. Explore Abbot Kinney on foot—who says people don't walk in L.A.? There are plenty of clothing and design stores to pop into, don't miss Surfing Cowboys"
Surfing Cowboys is HQ for California dreaming. Husband-and-wife team, Wayne and Donna Gunther, opened their mini-shrine to the beach in 1998 and it's still one of the best spots on the strip. Vintage surf culture paraphernalia mingles with mid-century modern furnishings and retro Hawaiian collectibles for the ultimate seaside pad.
Surfing Cowboys, a lifestyle store that embodies the California attitude.....
Their mix of art, textiles, mid 20th century furniture and surf memorabilia offers an authentic slice of Californian culture....The homeware is coupled with beautiful vintage surfboards in wood and softly shaded fiberglass designs, hard-to-find surf stickers and transfers and a mass of wooden skate decks bolted to the walls complete the look.....the store anchors the eastern end of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and provides the shopping stretch with authentic character.
"Giddyup bro. Bring your lasso and your wallet to the funkiest purveyor of mid-century furniture and surf memorabilia this side of, well, anywhere. Filled with vintage surfboards and skateboards, retro but comfy couches, historic beach photos and gently worn cowboy boots, it has a friendly staff who are happy to show you around the eclectic mix. Just don't hem and haw too long: turnover is quick."
"One of the shops that pre-dates the rampaging gentrification of Abbot Kinney is Surfing Cowboys, a magical mix of interesting mid-century furniture and ephemera, high quality vintage surf memorabilia- including a 1920s Tom Blake board that could be in a museum- skateboards and rare books. It's run by former fashion photographers Donna and Wayne Gunther, who decided to take the stuff they've been collecting over the years, and turned it into a business, and a way of getting off the road. They're getting more interested in, and attracting interest for, their sinewy, 1960's Californian artisan one-off wooden pieces."
"Donna and Wayne Gunther are the uber-cool married owners of this bitchin' home decor shop. They first met when he was a fashion photographer and she was an art director for Elite Model Mgmt. As they worked and traveled together, they found they shared a common love for "junking" and would sneak off after shoots to look for undiscovered thrift stores. sick of the drama, they soon dropped out of the fashion world and, thankfully, opened this awesome shop. They are now the greatest purveyors of vintage beach culture this side of sunny California. You can buy enough midcentury accoutrements to deck out any pad in authentic surf style. Their genius lies in that they not only know how to mix different eras together in a room, but they specialize in mixing West Coast with European style - like placing '60s California pottery atop a Danish coffee table. They have superb eyes for the unusual, including in their mix a 1960's Ducati Brio Scooter, a Tom Blake paddle board from the 1930's and a giant filter from a Boeing jet that would make smashing wall art. They also have atomic-age coffee shop-style swag lights, vintage Hawaiian surf photographs professionally framed and matted, Italian film and advertising posters, mosaic tile tables, vintage 60's surfboards, and freestanding, metal, wood-burning fireplaces."
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These well curated stores demonstrate that there's more to the city's style then tattoo t-shirts and distressed jeans. Surfing Cowboys - Vintage Furniture, Beach-bum-worthy hoodies.
"Un clásico favorito es Surfing Cowboys (1624 Abbot Kinney Boulevard; www.surfingcowboys.com), una tienda ecléctica y difícil de definir, que combina una selección hermosa de muebles vintage con artículos folk y, sí, tablas de surf. El espacio es tan grande que el paseo puede aprovecharse más como visita a una galería de diseño."
"This shop, only a few blocks from the original Eames studio,manages to be both completely low-key and totally cool. Furniture, which has a distinct beach culture edge, include Peter Hvidt Sofas and Glenn of California tables, vintage surfboards and skateboards- plus Frank Lloyd Wright originals.
La Dolce Vita Surfing Cowboys, the Venice California spot for surfing memorabilia and midcentury-Modern items, has other iconic examples of material culture, including a 1960 Ducati Brio Scooter
Elle asks: In what stores can you always find your look?
Erin Wasson: "Surfing Cowboys in Venice beach for midcentury furniture and vintage surf and skate pieces. My homes are a glimpse into my personality."
"Places to Shop- Surfing Cowboys. The Beverly - La Brea and Melrose - La Cienega intersections form the epicentre of LA's interiors ghetto. But Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard has become a way-out-west rival with a string of great shops. Best is Surfing Cowboys, a magical mix of mid-century, vintage surf, skateboards, and rare books."
A Great Shout out in Dwell by Ramona and Anthony Trent whos Mar Vista house was featured... and they were nice enough to credit the furniture purchased from us.
"The name Surfing Cowboys pretty much sums up the way Venice residents seem to feel about themselves, at least the husband-and-wife former artists who turned their studio into an antiques shop specializing in midcentury modern furniture and accessories. ... retro cowboy boots... vintage fireplaces, and much more."
"Surfing Cowboys has everything a dude could want. In 1999, former fashion photographers Wayne and Donna Gunther began turning their studio, where they also lived, into this shop, stocking it with collectibles, mid-century furniture and art. Antique surfboards, rough-hewn wooden tables, and rare hula-girl figurines can cost upward of $1000, but there are also plenty of reasonably priced mementos, such as vintage surf posters (from $25) and the store's popular CHARLIE DON'T SURF T-shirts, a reference to Apocalypse Now."
Surfing Cowboys, a retro furniture store filled with unique objects paying tribute to surf and skate culture. You'll find old surfboards... mid-century modern furniture and plenty of other unique treasures. The owners source and sell only the best vintage pieces.
Massimo Ferrucci, general manager of the Los Angeles jeans label 7 for all Mankind, singled us out as one of his favorite shops to visit when in LA.
Check out Robert Gonzalez rocking our Charlie Don't Surf hoodie on the cover of New York magazine.
"Donna and Wayne Gunther, fashion photographers turned collectors of surf memorabilia and Hawaiiana, are always on the hunt for rare-and rad-surfing posters($200 and up), vintage boards and related items like large macrame wall hangings. The Gunthers also showcase mid-century furniture and rustic-modern pieces by California designers from the '60's and '70's, whose work, they say, is as important as anything produced in Denmark from that time."
This five page spread in Martha Stewart Living features lots of things from our shop including furniture, surf photos, marble fins and vintage skateboards.
Surfing Cowboys cited as #2 in National Geographic Traveler's Feature Insider's Los Angeles "Best of the City" July/Aug 2005
"Head to Abbot Kinney Blvd. to shop the unique.... Wayne Gunther... with wife, Donna, owns Surfing Cowboys, a retro furniture store. "The shop really mixes it up: vintage surfboards, Italian film posters, mid-century European furniture and collectibles, and more."
(...and a great picture of Donna & Tenza!)
"Owners Wayne & Donna Gunther are obsessed with beach culture. Vintage Boards, hula-girl lamps, and Hawaiian collectibles, housewares & furniture are just a few of the funky treasures to be found in their time capsule of seaside life. Check out 'Ride the Wild Stoke', an exhibition and sale of old surf photos and surfboards."
"Further Propelling Venice's easygoing attitude is Surfing Cowboys, with it's colorful mix of Hawaiiana and funky vintage items."
...and includes a great picture of Wayne & Donna, and a vintage scooter!