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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.
Image via Mister Freedom
NSF’s new Creative Director and Designer Jamie Haller has definitely spent some time honing in on her designing skills – lending her unique eye to brands like Wet Seal, Guess, Bebe, and Ever, before jumping ship and landing at NSF in April 2011. When she’s not designing for the line whose mantra is “from California with style and grace”, she checks out Mister Freedom, a Hollywood hideaway complete with a worked in vintage Levi's emporium.
This is a Hollywood hideaway where vintage denim is reborn. It’s a mecca for denim designers and those inspired by vintage collegiate sweats. They also repurposed vintage denim, belts and fabrics. I can’t help but constantly fall in love with vintage Levi’s - it’s my one weakness. While their vintage jeans are a bit pricey, for those who lust after the perfectly worn and dirty slouch, their constantly revolving selection serves my endless need of new old denim. My last score was a pair of 1960’s cropped skinny bells, highwaisted with a perfect patch under the butt. I must wear them two or three times a week. I live in men’s jeans and old tees, so this place is my dream come true. Other amazing finds are beautifully indigo-patched blankets and authentic Japanese robes. They also stock vintage design books, belts, and boots and have a workshop upstairs that reworks pieces for their own line.
Story by Yale Breslin