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The Best Stores in Los Angeles

Stephanie Smith

Inside the sprawling fashion mecca that is Los Angeles, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the seemingly endless retail options. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide designed to help you cut corners without losing the best of the city’s one-of-a-kind shopping culture. The following stores and boutiques embody L.A. from decor and designer collections to unique knick knacks, within these stores you’ll find the best of fashion, art and culture gathered from all corners of the globe.

Mameg

Mameg

Mameg

The conjoined twin of the Beverly Hills Martin Margiela store, Mameg (the Kurdish word for breast), carries a slew of progressive labels and unique objects. Ceiling spanning white shelving and an airy design featuring plenty of sky lighting and open space create a sense of serenity and domesticity that owners Sonia Eram and sister Ari feel make the small space utterly familial. The relaxing aura is completed with an adjacent, lush, private outdoor garden– viewable from the sun soaked interior.  While perusing this peaceful space you’ll find designers like Jil Sander, Hussein Chalayan, Charles Anastase, Cosmic Wonder and Viktor & Rolf as well as several art pieces installed throughout the space. Gentle suggestions from the knowledgeable sisters on labels and fit are a welcome warmth to this top-notch, shopping experience of the old school, intimate variety.

Address: 9970 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles  CA, 90212

Phone Number: 310-556-2600

 

 

Just One Eye

Just One Eye

Just One Eye

The boundaries of art and fashion blur within the hybrid boutique and gallery space of Just One Eye. Housed in the former center of Howard Hughes sprawling film studios, the imposing space is almost nonsensical in its decadence, and co-founder Paola Russo wouldn’t have it any other way. With years of experience under her belt from stints at Ann Demeulemeester and Maxfield, Russo’s space incorporates her vast fashion knowledge with fresh, innovative vision. Looking for that $55,000 Damien Hirst and The Row collab? This is the place you’ll find it. You’ll also find the latest women’s and men’s clothing from The Row’s line as well as must-haves from Sidney Garber, Paco Rabanne, Valentino, Tsumori Chisato, Bouchra Jarrar, Oliver Peoples, KTZ, Aurelie Demel, Holmes & Yang, Illesteva, Is not dead and Jitrois.

Address: 7000 Romaine Street Los Angeles CA, 90038

Phone Number: (888) 563-6858

 

Maxfield

Maxfield

Maxfield

Celebrated for helping usher in the all-black era in Los Angeles, Tommy Perse is a fashion rockstar in his own right. His aesthetically sophisticated, highly eclectic space is nothing short of the stuff of fashion and design dreams. At Maxfield you’ll find a brash mixture of pre-owned luxury goods, modern art, cutting edge collections and high-priced knick knacks such as real shrunken head, priced at a cool $37,000. Balmain, Rick Owens, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Libertine, Mastermind Japan and specialty vintage pieces are common fare for the Maxfield patron. This easy fusion of avant-garde, punk and posh give Maxfield the breezy kind of hip that resonates with the L.A. crowd.  While the staff is no bundle of warmth, the unisex store is an unquestionable feast of fancy for the eyes.

Address: 8825 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90069

Phone Number: (310) 274-8800

 

 

 

H. Lorenzo

H. Lorenzo

H. Lorenzo

This Sunset Plaza institution is an emporium of innovative, forward looking clothing and accessories stemming from Lorenzo Hadar’s over 25 years of experience in the fashion industry. Within the uber-sleek walls of its Sunset Boulevard home, Hadar’s concept store H. Lorenzo provides a space for avant-garde and artisanal designs truly sourced from all corners of the globe. Founded in 1984, the multi-label retailer caters to L.A’s elite and carries a range of established and new European and Japanese designers. Damir Doma, Aitor Throup, Uma Wang, Ann Demeulemeester, Forme d’Expression, g.v.g.v. Junya Watanabe, M.A+, Song for the Mute, Ziggy Chen, Legends of the Spring, Field Studies and Haider Ackermann are just a few of the names you’ll find here. A women and a men’s store are separated by a few store fronts and a third outpost sits five minutes away on Robertson Blvd.

Address: 8660 W. Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069

Phone Number: (310) 659 0058

 

 

Barneys

Barneys

Barneys

An iconic Manhattan institution and home to discerning New York clothing connoisseurs since 1923, Barneys New York maintains the same standard of luxury at its west coast outpost. Housed in an enormous multi-floor complex on Wilshire Boulevard, one will find all the usual suspects. From Prada to Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Maiyat, Derek Lam, Balmain, J. Mendel, Jil Sander, Joie, Chloe, Mulberry, Rochas, Rick Owens, Sacai, Kenzo, Lemlem and Prabal Gurung, it’s all there.

Address: 9570 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Phone Number: (310) 276-4400

 

Curve

Curve

Curve

In 1997, 22-year-old Nevena Borissova could have hardly imagined that her Robertson Boulevard boutique would become a contemporary, industry leader. With an obsessive desire to promote new talent and create highly personalized shopping experiences, Borissova built a virtual empire in Curve, expanding the concept to Miami, New York and San Francisco. A careful selection of contemporary brands such as Rochas, Carven, Isabel Marant, IRO, Burberry Prorsum, Viktor & Rolf, Pamela Love, Cushnie et Ochs, 10 Crosby, Trussardi and Emma Hope await the dedicated fashionista in this clean, modern space. The hip and clued in sales clerks are a plus in this boutique with a decidedly New York energy.

Address: 154 N Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048

Phone Number: (310) 360-3008

 

 

 

Church

Church

Church

For followers of avant-garde fashion, Church boutique is aptly named. A collaboration between Rodney Burns and David Malvaney, the 5,000 square foot temple of sartorial worship is touted as a “communal space” that aims to bring together creative individuals from all walks of life. Like many of L.A.’s best boutiques Church does not delineate between art, fashion and design, and instead recognizes the contribution each discipline makes to the other. The result? A heady industrial space filled to the brim with performance worthy clothing and jewelry labels such as Noize, Diana Garreau, A. Tunney, Lillian Shalom, Duuya, Bohemian Society, Sally Lapointe, Mandula, Edith Palm, Clemmie Watson, Dominic Louis, Rochambeau, and many more.

Address: 7277 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046

Phone Number: (323) 876 8887

 

 

Traffic

Traffic

Traffic

With L.A.’s rapidly changing retail market, any high-end boutique that manages to gain a foothold is a wonder to behold, and Traffic Los Angeles may just be in the upper echelon of these storied retail establishments. Started in the late 70’s, the trendy, minimalist boutique has steadily lived up to its name, boasting a steady stream of foot traffic from the Hollywood elite to noted sartorial luminaries. Priding itself on “continuously finding the next better thing”, Traffic carries a range of high-end collections from Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander Wang, Blk Dnm, KTZ, Jil Sander, Stand & Deliver, Rick Owens, Silent Damir Doma and Gareth Pugh, to godmother of punk Vivienne Westwood, Dsquared2, and many more. Don’t be turned off by its Beverly Center address, it’s one legitimate reason to tackle the sprawling mall space.

Address: Beverly Center, 6th Floor, Suite 648 8500 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048

Phone Number: (310) 659-4313

 

 

Savannah

Savannah

Savannah

Savannah owner Susan Stone believes in the little things. Her dedication to providing even the smallest of luxuries for her guests is alive in every surface of her boutique. Catering to a refined clientele consisting of the who’s who of L.A from Brentwood to Malibu, Savannah’s clean aesthetic and cultivated approach to style set it apart. Within the roomy, cream colored space–warmed and accented by exposed brick walls and stone floors–one can find pieces from Jason Wu, Fenton, Celine, Co, Newbark, Organic, Junya Watanabe, Giambattista Valli, Marni, Queen and Belle, Prabal Gurung, Jean Paul Knott, Kolo, The Row and Stella McCartney. This Westside boutique for well-heeled grown-ups is a mainstay for seriously designer collections edited for a loyal, local following.

Address: 706 Montana Ave  Santa Monica, CA 90403

Phone Number: (310) 458-2095

 

 

Guild

Guild

Guild

Tucked between surf and sand is Christopher Rosen’s hidden gem Guild. Opened just over three years ago, the impeccably designed space melds urbanite touches with the rustic appeal of aged, sun faded wood. Housing a selection of well-merchanised designers and unique jewelry, Guild can be counted on to deliver a one-of-a-kind shopping experience marked by lovingly selected merchandise from Proenza Schouler, Monarc1, Greg Lauren, Officine Creative, Helmut Lang, Haider Ackermann, Giorgio Brato, Annie Costello Brown, Common Projects, Ann Demeulemeester, Poeme Bohemian and more.

Address: 1335 Abbot Kinney Boulevard Venice, CA 90291

Phone Number: (310) 396-8300

 

 

 

Satine

Satine

Satine

A little bit of whimsy, a little bit of quirk and a whole lot of style is the formula for Satine’s off-beat luxuriousness. Stocked with a refreshing mixture of indie labels and well-known fashion brands, the subtle influence of street styles from around the world is apparent in proprietress Jeannie Lee’s curated selections. From classic Lanvin and Balenciaga to hipster fave Isabel Marant and cult brands like Rue du Mail and Mirco Giovaninni, inside Satine’s airy walls you’ll find a delightful fusion of them all. Edun, Equipment, Azzedine Alaia, Carven, Jen Kao, Charlotte Ronson, Drifter and MM6 also make their homes on the racks and shelves of this cheery little boutique. You’ll find many well-distributed brands here but it’s the unexpected gems that qualify Satine as a top boutique.

Address: 8134 W 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90048

Phone Number: (323) 655-2142

 

 

 

Wild Style

Wild Style

Wild Style

A collision of in-your-face, pop art influence and electric signage is only a small portion of the neon wonderland that greets visitors of the Joyrich concept store Wild Style. High-end street wear bursting with bold, fluorescent graphics and funky pop-culture allusions are the heart of this spacious retail undertaking. Labels like Jeremy Scott x Adidas, JCDC, Gerlan, Dimpiece Designs, Lazy Oaf, KTZ, Vivienne Westwood, Raf Simons and Astrid Anderson all find a happy home in this out-of-the-box boutique.

Address: 7703 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046

Phone Number: (323) 651 1223

 

 

 

 

 

TenOverSix

TenOverSix

TenOverSix

TENOVERSIX’s gleaming white interior seems to be waiting to be molded into something, or at least that’s the idea you might get while browsing their curated selection of all things beautiful. The pristine space is founder’s Kristen Lee, Brady Cunningham and Joe Cole’s nod to art galleries and installations. Like a gallery, the white space is meant to keep the focus on the product. Featuring a collection of distinctive designers including 3.1 Philip Lim, Band of Outsiders and Rachel Comey, entering TENOVERSIX is all the encouragement you need to view its contents as you would a new art exhibition. Each piece has been thoughtfully and purposefully placed, and the highly curated assemblage of design oriented, fashion and art pieces is a true treat for the senses. Fans of Henrik Vibskov, Pamela Love, Wendy Nichol, Manimal, Malin + Goetz, Blackbird, Maison Kitsune and MM6 can also find these brands here.

Address: 8425 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Phone Number:(323) 330-9355

 

 

 

 

Creatures of Comfort

Creatures of Comfort

Creatures of Comfort 

Lovers of fashion rejoiced at the May, 2005 opening of Creatures of Comfort in Los Angeles. The playful space  and hip, laid-back vibe of the boutique coupled with owner Jade Lai’s willingness to stock hard to find labels was an instant formula for success. Since its inception, Creatures of Comfort has since expanded, yielding it’s first New York store and an in-house line which is sold alongside labels like MM6, Acne, A.P.C., Hope Lisa, Land by Land, Gitman, Etudes, Dream Collective, Repetto, Thierry Lasry, LD Tuttle, Haerfest, Bernard Willhelm, Bing Bang and Rachel Comey.

Address: 7971 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Phone Number:(323) 655-7855

 

 

 

Brigade

Brigade

Brigade

The 2011 opening of Brigade marked a shift in the climate of downtown L.A. The area, rich in food options but markedly lacking in retail, is fast moving in a new direction, and Brigade is one of the boutiques leading the charge. Store owner Kuo Yang has created an attractive, contemporary space punctuated by white expanses and trendy furnishings, which do well to highlight the casual nature of the high-end brands the store carries. Alice + Olivia, Muubaa, Winter Kate, Voluspa, Rebel Yell, Paige, Matta, Low Luv, Kettle Black, J.J. Winters, Flexus, One Teaspoon and Pour la Victoire are among the offerings you can find within.

Address: 510 W. 7th St Los Angeles, CA 90014

Phone Number: (213) 623-0013

 

 

 

Madison

Madison

Madison

After opening its first location in 1989, Madison quickly gained renown in L.A.’s fashion circles. At its core, the store is an eclectic mix of well known and emerging designers curated in a manner that aims to speak the language of everyone from the discerning fashionista to the hardworking career woman. The translatable nature of the clothing has been meticulously cultivated, and the boutiques on the mark “edits” of collections from brands like Stella McCartney, Theory, A.L.C. Bottega Veneta, Antik Batik, Ladybird, LD Tuttle, Elizabeth and James, Missoni, Moncler, Frye, Veda, Valentino, Minnie Rose, Marni, Doma, Faith Connexion, Yosi Samra, Oak,  and Helmut Lang, have led to Madison’s rapid expansion.

Address: 8745 West 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA 90048

Phone Number: (310) 275-1930




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