The name’s Leap, Mr. Leap.
Leap is a secret agent to many of the stores and designers in LA. His company, City Custom Lamp Shades, is located in the back half of City Review. City Review occupies the front showroom while City Custom Lamp Shades utilizes the back workspace and the ever-expanding outdoor area. It’s kind of a symbiotic relationship as City Review has a high concentration of lamps, and CCL has no need for a showroom.
Leap and his extended Cambodian family will custom make any shade you can imagine. Many of the shades you see in the stores of the LCDQ are made by CCL. That said, he works directly with everyone from many of the top designers in LA to little, old ladies who want new fringe dangling off their shades. Better yet, he can often turn the shades around in days versus weeks, which is how long one can expect to wait elsewhere.
Leap does much more than just make shades, though. He does rewiring of lamps and chandeliers. He makes wood and lucite bases. He custom makes lamps from any object you bring him. Essentially, he serves as a one-stop lighting facilitator, so it’s worth asking him if he can do what you want. He’s very confident in his abilities and he loves to figure out how things work, so you’re almost sure to get a “yes.” Come to think of it, maybe Leap’s more like Q than Bond.
One caveat: you need to stay on top of him. He rarely answers his phone, so it’s best just to come down, but even then, he may be out delivering shades to stores in the area, and you’ll have to come back. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to speak with Ken, Leap’s son-in-law, who is the heir apparent. Ken’s great, and like Leap, he understands the art of shade making. Anyway, it’s all part of the charm.
City Custom Lamp Shades/City Review 737 N La Cienega Blvd 310.289.0002/310.652.8887