THE 38 ESSENTIAL LA SHOPS

A general list of 38 great stores in LA to shop at for clothes, and accessories.
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    Acne Studios
    Featuring a futuristic decor and an out-of-this-world inventory, Acne's largest store in the world is already a go-to for both locals and out-of-towners.
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    American Rag CIE
    This one-stop shop for the cutest shoes, the newest dress, the most basic basics and the best remade vintage almost makes spending money too easy.
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    Amoeba Music
    A dizzyingly encyclopedic music buying experience that offers something for everyone—even those who don't actually need to buy music.
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    Barneys New York
    You cannot put together a roundup of the best shopping in LA and not include Barneys. They may not have the cache of a small boutique, but the Co-op floor is easily as well-stocked as three of those boutiques put together.
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    Cerre
    Nobody in LA does leather like Cerre. Their award-winning, appointment-only store showcases their dark post-apocalyptic inspired wares in an airy, bright setting.
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    COS
    Last fall, Cos's very first US store graced Beverly Hills, causing a freakout amongst local style bloggers. H&M's cool sister label is stocked with minimalist looks from muted to neon.
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    Creatures of Comfort
    Though we can't help agreeing with Cintra Wilson's hysterical assessment of the store, CoC does offer many beautiful things, including Isabel Marant, LD Tuttle and more.
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    Céline
    Filled with more It accessories than one could ever dream of, the chic boutique is constantly packed with stars and blogstarsalike.
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    Decades
    In addition to being home to a reality show and bonkers shoe sale, Decades is one of the finest pre-2000 designer resale boutiques in the world.
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    Des Kohan
    We love the clean and minimalist interior of Desiree's designer-approved shop, which carries items from Helmut Lang, Jenni Kayne, Azzedine Alaïa and many more.
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    General Quarters
    Most of the clothes and accessories here have a heritage feel and are produced locally. The well-edited selection includes Groceries tees and Rogue Territory jeans.
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    Heist
    One of the anchors of the Abbot Kinney shopping stretch, Heist stocks all our favorite French labels, as well as stateside offerings from the equally-covetable Raquel Allegra and Ace & Jig.
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    Isabel Marant
    The hugely in-demand French fashion label has gone all LA, opening within a cactus-shaded storefront on Melrose Place. Inside, Marant's pricey, boho goods can be found.
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    Just One Eye
    Part art space, part boutique, Just One Eye features spency wares from interesting, hard-to-find labels like Maiyet, Piece d'Anarchive and The Row.
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    l.a. Eyeworks
    The three reasons l.a. Eyeworks edged out other optical heavyweights: They have L.A. in the name, bangin' sales on a truly eclectic mix of glasses, and Simpsons creator Matt Groening draws their ads.
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    Maxfield
    With superfans like MadeWorn's Blaine Halvorson and James Goldstein, it's no wonder that store owner Tommy Perse remains a leader in luxury shopping, both local and global.
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    Mohawk General Store
    Equipped with a Wall Street Journal nod, this shop has a hefty roster of unique designer threads. Looking for men's gear? Skip two doors down to their Mohawk Man shop.
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    MUJI Hollywood
    The Japanese home and lifestyle retailer's LA flagship is massive, offering 8,600 square feet of meticulously organized goods for just about every category of your life.
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    Nasty Gal
    Even the mannequins are cool at this cult-favorite e-shop's first standalone store. Here you'll find a mix of Nasty Gal-designed looks and vintage scores that are all unapologetically sexy.
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    OAK
    Hailing from New York, this cult-favorite retailer's debut West Coast location and its recently-opened Beverly Boulevard boutique are filled with avant-garde looks for both men and women.
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    Opening Ceremony
    A mini-department store of coolness home to a who's who of high-end, left-of-center fashion, including Band of Outsiders and a host of very special OC collabs.
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    Planet Blue
    This 16-year-old chainlet epitomizes beachy, LA style with its deep selection of flirty dresses, swim and denim. The Beverly Hills flagship is a celebrity hotspot.
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    Poketo
    This is the go-to destination for a variety of unique gifts. The husband-and-wife owned store features limited-edition vinyl artist wallets, adorable stationery and enchanting accessories.
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    Rag & Bone
    The brand's bi-level, 9,000-square-foot LA flagship houses the full breadth of its collections for men and women, including the label's in-demand footwear.
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    Reformation
    In addition to stocking their own pitch-perfect label, the store carries hard-to-find jewelry by cult favorites like Pamela Love, Mania Mania, and Unearthen.
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    Rose Bowl Flea Market
    On the second Sunday of every month, more than 2,500 vintage and antiques vendors set up outside the Rose Bowl stadium for thousands of shoppers. On offer: art, furniture, housewares, clothes, accessories and more.
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    Saint Laurent
    Helmed by LA-obsessed creative director Hedi Slimane, the French fashion house's revamped Rodeo Drive flagship is its best and biggest in the world.
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    Satine
    Satine is a celeb stylist go-to. Known for offering wearable, cutting-edge fashion, this shop's current roster includes Isabel Marant, Kenzo and Balenciaga.
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    Scent Bar
    The Scent Bar is dedicated to small, indie perfumers, as well alt. offerings by Comme des Garcons and Creed. The store is small, but exceptionally well stocked.
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    Shareen Vintage
    Whether you're looking for something casual or a dress to wear to a wedding, you'll find it in this massive vintage warehouse. No boys are allowed (seriously!).
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    Skylight Books
    Skylight has the vibe of a small town, homey bookstore, but the might to lure top talents for events, regularly hosting heavyweights like Bret Easton Ellis, George Saunders and others.
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    Tenoversix
    Playful and fashion-forward clothes, shoes, and accessories for women and men in a setting that's as artful and stylish as the clothes themselves.
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    The Row
    Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's first home for The Row is filled with aspirational eye candy, offering everything from luxury backpacks, basics, footwear, and the occasional sale.
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    The Well
    One of the most unique concepts around, this cool shop is also a hair and nail salon. In addition to carrying local favorites, the store is now stocking a range of international brands.
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    Topshop Topman
    Multiple floors. A massive shoe salon. A men's suiting section. VIP dressing rooms. Personal stylists. Trendy clothing galore. Welcome to LA's first Topshop.
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    Undefeated
    The LA institution for those who are serious about their streetwear. They have one of the best sneaker selections in town, selling hard-to find, limited-edition kicks from a constantly changing inventory.
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    UNIQLO Beverly Center
    Think denim, leggings, flannels, and more. Like the sleek Japanese answer to American Apparel, Uniqlo offers colorful Cali-ready basics at affordable prices.
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    Wasteland
    Whether you're looking for last-season Marc Jacobs, vintage dresses or just seriously cleaned out your closet, Wasteland is the perfect spot for LA recycling at it's chicest.