Ninety percent of the time, I shop at boutiques. Out of all the places I have lived in, in the US, Los Angeles is the best city for boutique shopping! I have gone through the gamut of boutiques here, from bohemian Topanga Canyon to the couture cool of Robertson Blvd to the hipster heaven of Silverlake. It is true, there are some things you can only get in Los Scandalous and if you’re planning a trip out make sure you make time to drop into some of these places and leave with lots of bags full of yummy yummy goodies!
Everyone knows I LOVE LF. In every move I make, every step I take there’s LF! I discovered LF soon after moving to Los Angeles, when I lived on Ocean Ave in Santa Monica. Not only did I have a beach front view, I was also walking distance from Main St, which is boutique heaven! After I left Santa Monica for Brentwood, I realized I was no more than 5 minutes away from the Montana Ave location. Now I’m further east in Hancock Park and am walking distance again from its Larchmont Blvd location and about 10 minutes driving from its Robertson shop. Cray cray, we’re meant to be!
Ok now why do I love LF so much? The clothes are totally cutting edge, whispers of trends resonate at LF and are brought direct to you. This past Autumn/Winter season LF had a wide range of lace to choose from vests to long tunics. I have a fetish for foreign fashion magazines and LF carried pieces to complete both looks of Parisian street chic to editorials out of Japanese fashion magazines. LF always manages to have its finger on the pulse. They carry the awesome denim line CarMar and one of my favorite brands, Millau. Millau is a UK-based brand and many of LF’s clothing are imported from Europe. Though obviously drawing inspiration from foreign fashion LF is also distinctly LA and a stop here can get you one little outfit to remind you of sunny California someday when you’re faraway. And though up to date on trends the clothes are very well made.
LF actually does have locations outside of Los Angeles – in NYC (Spring Street), Miami and Boston but its headquartered here.
When you have a bunch of rich (read celebs, read models, read the wives of all those Hollywood execs) and even not so rich people (wannabe stars and starlets) with lots and lots of clothes and a hunger for new trends you are bound to have a city with some of the best luxury re-sale in the world. Though we perhaps cannot rival a vintage boutique in Paris full of 1920s Dior, we can get you that Spring/Summer 2009 Comme des Garcons dress you thought you’d missed the boat on. Most luxury resale in Los Angeles reflects current fashions rather than those heart stopping investment pieces but it’s all relative because the Lanvin ribbon and pearl necklaces from this past season will surely be found here and will reverberate for decades! Haute Seconds in Santa Monica is my favorite resale story though I’m sure many will point out Decades Two on Melrose is where Kate Moss was seen thrifting recently! Haute Seconds doesn’t have as fancy a layout but they have an amazing selection of very well chosen brands and pieces. Last time I went I scooped a gorgeous Gucci ruffle vest for probably 80% off the original price. Not bad at all! Go go go!
Abbott Kinney Blvd is one of my favorite places to hang out in Los Angeles. Principessa is a really adorable boutique on Abbott Kinney full of gorgeous, unique, high quality clothes. With an interesting mix of high end pieces from Diane Von Furstenberg to local brands like vintage-inspired Piko 1988. Definitely feminine, trendy but also a touch bohemian it certainly echoes the spirit of Venice Beach.
I found out about Gypsy through a good friend who was rocking the most amazing Mexican Sugar Skull earrings from this store. Located in Silverlake’s Sunset Junction area, Gypsy carries a wide range of Mexicana knickknacks and fashions including handmade jewelry and traditional style peasant shirts. They have a selection of these peasant shirts for little girls too! Small but sweet, Gypsy is a great store to visit which captures both the multicultural nature of East LA.
Rimo and ANAP on Sawtelle
Well we’ve hit our Latino boutique, Gypsy, it’s onto LA’s next heavy hitting minority group Asians! On Sawtelle Blvd is a little area known as Little Osaka which is home a couple blocks of Japanese shops including a grocery store, a book store, a Japanese beauty supply store, and ramen restaurants. For anyone who’s really trying to get Japanese products even for those coming from big cities such as DC or Chicago or even NYC Los Angeles is where it’s at. Japanese brand ANAP has an actual store location on Sawtelle and the boutique Rimo imports some of its clothing from Japan. It can be hit or miss but for buys that are certainly going to be different and if you can’t get to Shibuya, Sawtelle’s boutiques are a great place to get a little bit of Shibuhara style without the 12 hour plane ride!