Los Angeles, CA, United States
Design retail lab A+R & aplusrstore.com
Andy Griffith and Rose Apodaca are design curators and consultants based in Los Angeles.
Together, they operate the idea lab and global design retail resource A+R from their home and headquarters in the eastside enclave of Silver Lake.
A+R encompasses a growing e-commerce presence (aplusrstore.com) with an avid international following that accounts for about 50% of business, as well as two bricks-and-mortar stores: one on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in the seaside town of Venice, considered one of L.A.'s top shopping and dining thoroughfares, that opened in November 2007; a second, larger space that opened in October 2012 and showcases furniture, rugs and lighting.
Andy is a former film and video editor in the UK and US. He has collaborated on projects both independently and inhouse for the BBC, Channel Four, Fox Networks, among others. Prior to his career in visual editing, he was a sound engineer in the UK and worked with many high-profile musicians in the world beat and indie rock arenas.
Rose is a former pop culture and fashion editor and journalist. Before launching A+R in 2005 with Andy, she served as west coast bureau chief for fashion industry bible Women's Wear Daily and contributed to W magazine. She continues to collaborate on high-profile projects in fashion and art, wrapping up a third book, contributing to magazines and other art, design and fashion projects. For more, see roseapodaca.com.
As A+R, Andy and Rose have carved a leading position in the global design arena, in large part for consistently being the first to break new designers and products from around the world to the North American market. Because of their approach as risk-takers, mentors and enthusiastic promoters of new design and designers, Andy+Rose are frequently the first contacted by many a designer from Germany, Japan, the UK, Australia, France and other parts to introduce their new ideas to the marketplace.
As a business, A+R has developed a similarly enthusiastic clientele worldwide: monthly, website clients and fans come into the store on their visits to L.A. from Asia, Europe, and all over the Americas, declaring that they have made a special trip to A+R during their holidays to experience it in person.
Regular local clients to the Venice shop include Robert Downey Jr., Olivia Wilde, Lisa Edelstein, Susan Sarandon, Rosario Dawson, Dhani Harrison,, Nina Clemente and her godmom Lauren Hutton, Jodie Foster, Elijah Wood, among others. But the real star clients are the many architects, graphic designers, interior designers, stage and editorial stylists and individuals related to these fields who frequent the store for their projects.
Consulting is now a part of A+R's offerings. Ongoing, they mentor product and fashion designers, alike. As consultants, they are are also tapped by entities as divergent as Quiksilver, Microsoft, 7Hollywood, Coach and Estee Lauder-owned beauty brands, SmartCar and The Los Angeles Times.
They are also active in Los Angeles' art scene, participating in fundraising, lecture and exhibition efforts for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, REDCAT/Cal Art's Theater, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), LA>
Andy & Rose's Guest Curator Q&A: http://saatol.us/15qSMsQ
A+R website: http://www.aplusrprojects.com
A+R on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AplusRdesign
Rose Apodaca on Twitter: http://twitter.com/RoseApodaca