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Los Angeles has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around LA that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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Todd Dufour, the VP of branded entertainment for Buzz Media (he's behind Kim Kardashian and Whitney Port's official websites), has great style. He always manages to look put together, whether he's sporting an on-point pork pie hat or a pair of tweed trousers paired with vintage suspenders. So when he told us about one of his favorite West Hollywood spots—a store that goes by the name 'Church'—we got on our knees and prayed for more information.
"Rodney Burns and David Malvaney, along with Derrick Young, are style and fashion icons that have illuminated Hollywood for the past decade. In 2010, the trio joined forces to 'share' their first client, Church. The boutique resides within a nondescript building covered in a thick blanket of ivy marked by oversize wooden doors. The 5000-square-foot former upholstery shop is a marvel of contrasts, featuring couture gowns draped over exposed pipes and stalactites of wood. It's also a showcase for the trio's wonderful finds, which include men's and women's high-end vintage, rare art, headdresses (the kind of which you would think only exist in a lucid dream), up-and-coming designers, and more things you really can't find anywhere else. I mean, anywhere!"
Story by Yale Breslin