1931 Meyer Flax opened his first art supply on 7th Street
in downtown Los Angeles. Little did he know that what he
started would become a Westwood Village landmark. The legendary
FLAX Art Supplies at the famous Lindbrook location (one of
the first stores in Westwood Village) opened in 1950 by Meyer’s
son Harvey. For over 50 years it stood as a monument to creative
people who came from all over the city. When FLAX Art Supply
moved from Westwood Village to Lincoln Boulevard, Harvey’s
daughter, Joan, and her husband, Phil Clark, decided to open
a new Westwood store and take it in a whole new direction.
They set out to create their “dream” store. “We
were driving home on the 405 one night, talking about a special
place where pens and papers are sold together in a totally
unique way…where people will enjoy spending time”,
Phil remembers it well.
Keeping with the family tradition of a Westwood village location,
Joan and Phil created Flax Pen to Paper on Gayley Avenue.
Yes, the store is a glass and wood architectural masterpiece
where light floods in and walls of color tantalize your senses.
And yes, the music of Yo-Yo- Ma or Billie Holiday provides
the perfect soundtrack for what may be the most inspiring
shopping experience of your life. All the pleasurable surroundings
lead up to what lies within the elegant cases; the most exquisite
pens in the world, for serious aficionados to hip, hi-tech
pen people. With a range from $8.95 to $14,000, there’s
no way to leave empty handed. Of course you can always enjoy
reveling in the colors and textures of their extraordinary
sheets of paper and envelopes. Write on them, laser print
on them, wrap them up and enjoy. Joan and Phil wouldn’t
have it any other way.