The Three Chicest Florists In L.A.

Photographed by Lani Trock.
Is it just us, or is being a florist the coolest profession in L.A. right now? Namely, an incredibly gorgeous and stylish lady whose wild wonders grace some of the city's best shops, hotels, and Instagram feeds.
If you don't know what we're talking about, we're about to educate by introducing you to three of our town's dreamiest bud babes: Yasmine Mei of Yasmine Floral Designs, Kristen Caissie of Moon Canyon Design, and Lili Cuzor of Tigers to Lilies. Trust, flower power has never looked so good.
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Photographed by Lani Trock.
Lili Cuzor, Tigers to Lilies

How did you get into floral work?
"Oh gosh, I've been working with flowers now for quite some time. We are old friends, the flowers (plants) and I! It's funny, because I wasn't sure that I could make a living doing floral artistry, but I have had so much support from friends and my community to create my own definition of what flowers can bring, and so far it has worked out really beautifully."

Who are some of your noted clients?
"The Standard Hotel, Cookbook Market, Cortez, Book Stand, Wilder Quarterly, Funkhaus, Shelter Half, and Vogue, to name a few. And then I have my one-on-one clients."

What have been some of your favorite projects to date?
"The Standard Hotel in Hollywood asked me to be their artist-in-residence for one month last April. I was so honored and stoked to receive this offer! I created "Plants Our Silent Guardians," which was an art installation completely devoted to plants and their significance to us. It was not only successful in the sense that the plants got some well-deserved limelight, but because it was so much fun. I got to bring in some friends to collaborate with and we really took it to another level, including curating a temporary book store for Book Stand that was completely plant themed. Wilder Quarterly got involved, too, and provided us with their literary journals to distribute to all the rooms. We had flora/mineral-based workshops, opening/ending ceremonies, and even screened an art film that we created to honor one of the major elemental players in the natural world: wind. It felt like we pretty much took over the hotel for that month and it truly was an enjoyable, memorable experience!"
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If you could only work with three flowers for the rest of your life, which would they be?
"The Japanese anemone because it looks like a cross between a poppy and cosmos, which means that it could work in so many wonderfully wild and different directions. I remember the very first time I ever saw one — it stopped me in my tracks and I was completely mesmerized. Sweetpeas growing in the wild (I could pick these all day) with their long, elegant climbing tendrils that curl at the end — they are, simply by themselves, exquisite. They can stand knobbly alone or make magnificent team players. Lastly, sage, Cleveland sage to be exact. I love when I see a bush of it growing wildly, which is quite common here in it's native L.A.! Its electric purple flowers dancing in the wind with its usual entourage of bees, bumblebees, hummingbirds, and wasps! I'm such a fan of it, fresh or dried, both having their own uses."

How would you describe your personal style?
"The Deborah Harry of flowers!"
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Photographed by Lani Trock.
How would you describe your floral aesthetic?
"Storytelling and magic! Airy and wild!"

Do you think there's something interesting happening with the L.A. floral industry at the moment?
"Absolutely I do. I feel like there is something cool happening in Los Angeles period. The floral industry is very much a part of that coolness."

Where do you love to shop in L.A.?
"RTH, Shelter Half, The Painted Bird, New High Mart, Tortoise General Store, Sunset Nursery, Book Stand, and the little shops in Little Tokyo."

Where do you go in L.A. to get inspired?
"Outdoors! Sometimes it's simply taking a walk with my dog V.v. around the hills in my neighborhood and sometimes a hike through Elysian Park, Griffith Park, or Los Angeles Crest Forest. I love any garden, too. There are so many secret gardens here in L.A.! I'll go to a museum or visit an artist's studio. Looking through books is very much a source of insight. And, simply sharing time with my friends is a huge source of inspiration. Whether we're making tea and eating snacks, making dinner together, discussing a possible future project, sharing a book or a photo or a drawing, or taking our dogs on long walks, magic always seems to be a by-product. It's with that magic that I find the deepest inspiration."
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Kristen Caissie, Moon Canyon Design

How did you get into florals?
"I've been in the industry for 12 years. While I was studying in Boston I was given the wonderful opportunity of being a shopgirl for one of the city's leading floral designers. I fell in love with the work. It was so different from what I was studying (literature), but I was able to take the same poetic approach."

Who are some of your noted clients?
"Heath Ceramics, Commune Design, Nickey Kehoe Design, Jenni Kayne, Splendid, and Clare Vivier."

How would you describe your floral aesthetic?
"Wild and romantic."

If you could only work with three flowers for the rest of your life, which would they be?
"Paperwhites, garden roses, and lilac."
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Do you think there's something interesting happening with the L.A. floral industry at the moment?
"The floral industry as a whole right now feels incredibly inspired. L.A. in particular has a wonderful creative energy."

What have been some of your favorite projects to date?
"I love working on weddings and have had the good fortune to have been a part of some exceptionally beautiful ones over the last couple years. One of my other favorite projects would be working with Martha Stewart and a bunch of my East Side friends for an issue that hasn't come out yet. Teaching at Heath Ceramics this past winter was also really really wonderful."

Where do you go in L.A. to get inspired?
"I get to the mountains as much as I can or to the ocean. The perfect day is probably hiking in Malibu and heading over to The Old Place for some yummy food afterward. Days like that inspire me to no end."
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How would you describe your personal style?
"Boho with a tinge of country."

What three pieces in your wardrobe get the biggest workout?
"My Dosa tunic, Beatrice Valenzuela booties, and my Ermie Indigo leggings."

Do you have a go-to outfit for putting your florals together?
"I like to be comfortable and able to move easily, so I generally wear tunics, or Indian dresses when arranging."

How do you think your personal style informs your floral work, if at all?
"I suppose it does. I've never really thought about it. I would say my personal style mixes contemporary and vintage. My floral style feels very much a mix as well."

Where do you love to shop in L.A.?
"Dosa, General Store in Venice, and Dream Collective."
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Yasmine Mei, Yasmine Floral Design

How did you get into floral work?
"I've always been drawn to flowers and nature. Growing up in Laguna, I would fantasize about working at the flower stand on PCH. Once I turned 18, I was hired there. I'm 27 now."

How would you describe your floral aesthetic?
"Classical, feminine, garden-inspired, romantic."

If you could only work with three flowers for the rest of your life, which would they be?
"This question is a challenging one, as it's nearly impossible for me to choose favorites, especially with flowers. I've noticed that I'm attracted to ephemeral blooms. My favorites include poppies, hellebores, and lily of the valley."

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Do you think there's something interesting happening in the L.A. floral scene right now?
"I definitely think there are many interesting things happening in the L.A. flower scene. Living in Southern California has many perks, one being that flower accessibility is outstanding. There is a vast spectrum of plants that grow in the L.A. area, so I'm able to source most of my flowers from relatively close flower farms. Also, we're lucky to have several talented floral designers, with varying aesthetics, living here. I'm particularly fond of Kristen and Lili."

What have been some of your favorite projects to date?
"I really enjoy any work that involves hanging out with my friends, including my pop-up shops with Individual Medley and Valleybrink Road."

Where do you hope to take your business?
"My goal is to travel, teaching workshops. Teaching is what I enjoy most in regards to floral design work, and my biggest passion is travel. I hope to merge the two more often in upcoming years."

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How would you describe your personal style?
"My personal style is a blend of Victorian, '50s, '60s, California meets France. Someone recently told me that I dress like a French schoolteacher from the 1960s. I think that description is pretty accurate. I wear a lot of A-line skirts, scarves, and capes."

How do you think your personal style informs your floral work, if at all?
"My personal style certainly affects my floral work. My designs are an extension of my aesthetic. They borrow from the old quite a bit."

Where do you love to shop in L.A.?
"I love to shop at Individual Medley, Shareen Vintage, Squaresville, and the many thrift stores around my neighborhood."

Where do you go in L.A. to get inspired?
"Walks around Atwater Village, Huntington Library, Angeles Crest, and Topanga Canyon."
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