An LA Creative Unleashed

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Originally published on Remodelista

I fortuitously was in Los Angeles when René Holguin, owner of LA cult clothing and leather goods shop RTH, opened his second outpost, RTH Shop 2. While the first store is very much a modern trading post inspired by the “traveling American,” the second represents René’s creative mind unleashed. As he explains, “Every artist has their board or wall of ideas, and the whole concept for RTH Shop 2 was for it to be an inspiration wall that comes to life.” To that end René, a clothing designer and master of merchandising, has brought together a mix of photography, art objects, ceramics, and drawings with his own clothing in the backdrop. He explains, “I didn’t want our product to take over, it’s the artists I want to be featured.” The result is a very personal and passionate combination that makes the store feel like more than the sum of its parts.

Rows of string lights on the ceiling (above) feature different sized bulbs and wattages. The large ceramic pots are by Mitsuko Ikeno and were inspired by a small sake glass that René asked her to make bigger. Ikeno created one huge piece that was so well received, she made more. Each is its own organic design with a glaze that she says depends more on her mood than any formula, and takes on a life of its own. 

Pillows and throws made from vintage textiles on a chair by Environment. RTH ponchos hang in the background.

If you’re looking to get your hands on some of RTH’s signature drop-crotch trousers and other pieces from the line, you’ll need to visit the store in person—the shops are just a few doors away from each other on La Cienega. An online store is in the works but not open yet—stay tuned at RTH. In the meantime, check out the RTH video shot at Arcosanti in Arizona by Jay Carroll for the first RTH lookbook.

René Holguin in an RTH Four-Pocket Shirt stands in front of a large drawing that London artist Tom “Birdman” Webb made for the RTH opening. René discovered Webb via Instagram and explains, “I loved his work and spirit, so we asked him to come to LA and create some pieces. The experience was wonderful for all of us. He’s now part of the family.”

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