Today we’d like to introduce you to Michele Sommerlath.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Michele. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I had a store for many years in Paris where I specialized in 18th and 19th century antiques and then I switched to Art Deco for 10 more. When I came to the United States to visit a friend I fell in love with Venice because it reminded me of Morocco where I grew up.
I eventually moved there and opened a store specializing this time in 1950’s and 1960’s because I wanted to learn about a different era. I started with a very small store and at that time was only selling French imports. Over the years the business expanded and I moved to a bigger space on Abbot Kinney and then took additional stores in Culver City where I am now in addition to my warehouse at 4321 West Jefferson Blvd. which is open to the public every Wednesday from 12-5.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a long road full of challenges but very fulfilling. I learned a lot about American taste.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Galerie Sommerlath story. Tell us more about the business.
People often comment on how refreshing and different my store is from other stores – I think that is because I buy only what I love and don’t care about a particular designer. I am known for my eclectic mix of art and love of color – probably because of my Moroccan upbringing.
Now I am collecting more 1960’s to 1980’s pieces because I know enough already about the 1950’s and also the clientele seems to be interested in this time frame as well.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The shift is the internet as it obviously is with all industries – it has completely changed the way we do business.
- We have a wide range of prices from $200 to $15,000, so be sure to let us know if you have a budget to stay in.
- Address: Galerie Sommerlath
9608 W. Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90232
Open 11am – 6pm Monday – Saturday
Le Depot by Galerie Sommerlath (Warehouse)
4321 West Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Open Wednesdays from 12 – 5 or call to make an appointment.
- Website: www.galeriesommerlath.com
- Phone: 310.838.0102
- Email: email@example.com
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