The local gude to Los Angeles shopping

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Westwood Village, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
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The neighborhood near the UCLA campus offers a wide variety of stores for students. The village is a cute area to walk around with good restaurants, grocery stores, clothing stores and just about anything else you would living in a city, all condensed within a few block radius on the south of the UCLA campus.
Sharona, 27 Cultural Ambassador
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Westwood Village
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210 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
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What's a trip to LA without stopping by the fashion district? Santee Alley is essentially an outdoor flea market in downtown LA. Filled with vendors, it's a great place to find a cheap watch, wallet, shoes, or an outfit. If there's not a fixed price tag on something, it's generally accepted to haggle. It gets pretty packed on the weekends, but it's still worth the trip. I'd advise you bring cash and not use your card when possible. Try not to park in the garages there... they tend to triple park cars so you're blocked in. Opt for a meter spot or skip the stress and take a Lyft or Uber instead.
Briana, 28 Video Editor
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The Santee Alley
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441 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
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Ripndip is a clothing brand that's in the category of hype driven street wear, like Supreme. What does this place have that Supreme doesn't? A less crowded line and t shirts have have cats flipping people off. Shirts are a bit more on the pricey side but I've always gotten compliments when people realize that I'm wearing a shirt that has a cat flipping people off.
Arion, 32 Art Director / Photographer
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Ripndip
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1626 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Yolk is an indie design store from Los Angeles with a cool selection of gifts, homeware, jewelry, accessories, toys and kids fashion from around the globe.
Elina, 36 Human Connector
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Yolk
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7517 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
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"The Shop" on Melrose is where I get most of my clothing! Sorry men, it's a women's only boutique, but Melrose in general has tons of great shops and boutiques for both men and women! Head east on Melrose Ave from Fairfax Ave to La Brea Ave. You'll find one of a kind outfits and accessories at affordable prices!
Briana, 28 Video Editor
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The Shop Melrose
4011 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
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A modern boutique with separate men's and women's stores right next door to each other. They stock a large range of designers like Alex Mill, Acne, and Common Projects. The merchandise is well curated and I always love the shoe selection.
Carter, 28 Allocation Analyst at Guess
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Mohawk General Store
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1800 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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SquaresVille has been the perfect spot for vintage, unusual, classic and inspired clothing for men and women since 1996. From day-to-day casual, elegant, and classy to eccentric, rare and grungy, they have an ever changing array of carefully culled clothing and accessories. They have a buy, sell, or trade policy that also keeps their selection fresh and unexpected.
Shauna, 30 Copywriter
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Squaresville
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8424 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA
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Women's hip and trendy clothing store. The pricing is all over the place with I find amazing because very likely you will find a really cool local unique designer piece for cheap. You won't buy a prom dress here, but will sure find something cozy, comfortable yet beautiful and stylish.
Elena, 33 Film Producer & Fitness Buff
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Library
2023 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025, USA
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So Black Market has been in Sawtelle for a while, but they just moved to a new bigger and better location across the street. They've got a bunch of unique clothes, gifts, accessories, books, shoes, and more. They're also set to open a cafe in the back soon.
Rae Ann, 26 Multimedia Journalist & Brand Storyteller
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Black Market
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Santee Alley, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
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Santee Alley is technically one street, but the name refers to the whole warren of alleyways and buildings around the original that houses a thousand wholesale boutiques and curbside vendors. Right next to the factories or warehouses for many recognizeable clothes retailers, these alleyway vendors will have all the knockoffs of the season's shoes, dresses, whatever. I bring cash and get there super early on the weekend (7-8 am...I know...) and with luck and bargaining, have gotten some really great jackets or dresses that look way more expensive than they are.
Ariana, 30 Restaurant Consultant
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Santee Alley
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507 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
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Tried and True has clothes that are well, tried and true. Haha. Sorry, but for real. They sell quality curated vintage shirts, jackets, and hats. The place is small, but the selection is great. You'll want to spend time looking at each item one by one to find the perfect vintage gem.
Rae Ann, 26 Multimedia Journalist & Brand Storyteller
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
Tried and True Company
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7703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
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An eclectic high-end concept store with great wild style, as they call them, and fresh-known brands. The fake palm trees out front looks pretty tacky but don't let it confuse you. Design of the fashion-forward clothing they collect and the shop interior is so fine you just wish you could buy everything. Price tags are high (I couldn't afford anything), but just browsing the shop makes you feel warm inside. With brands like Raf Simons, Astrid Andersen, Telfar and more you can have fun just looking.
Dafna, 31 Yoga buff, former retail manager
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WILDSTYLE
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210 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles
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Santee Alley is one of THE most popular retail shopping areas in the LA Fashion District, best known for its flea- market atmosphere and amazing bargains. It has over 150 stores and vendors that sell everything – apparel for the entire family, accessories, toys, perfume, gift items and much more! And yes, it is an actual alley, located between Santee Street and Maple Avenue, from Olympic Boulevard to 12th Street. Open 365 days a year, including all holidays 9:30-6:30pm. I suggest you caffeinate at The Coffee Bean at the address noted above, then dive in 1/2 a block away! Be prepared to be overwhelmed!
Patricia, 55 Director of Right2Left
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LA Fashion District
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2449 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA
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Deus Ex Machina hats costs about thirty bucks. And I bought one because if you are a cool dude living on the Westside of LA you definitely should be wearing one. I'm half kidding. They just are really cool hats. A five-year old stole mine. Then, I walked into my favorite thrift shop, Buffalo Exchange on Main St and the first hat I saw was a Deus Ex Machina hat in perfect condition for ten bucks. If you don't live in LA you don't know how great this is. Basically this place has amazing used clothes for very cheap. They don't accept bad clothes and they don't price high.
Anthony, 36 Dating and Social Development Coach
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Buffalo Exchange - Santa Monica
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150 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
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In 1984, its owner Mark Werts, loaded a shipping container full of vintage from Europe and brought it to LA to start what has become this mainstay in LA shopping culture. Continuously expanding since it's early vintage days, American Rag has become a one-stop shop for clothing, shoes, accessories, vintage, denim (they have a denim bar!) and now even home decor. Sometimes boutiques can give you the best education on what a city is all about and American Rag is a great teacher for LA.
Kristen, 40 Music Executive
Cool Cousin Los Angeles
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