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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 Retro Threadz Vintage Apparel
The goal of Pose, an app that launched in January 2011, is to help shoppers share what they're buying (or what they are thinking of buying) with their friends. Alisa Gould-Simon heads the company's marketing, communications, and partnership initiatives, which entails conceiving of brand campaigns, helping with product development and more. Her downtown Los Angeles gem? Shareen Vintage—where no boys are allowed.
"Shareen, the namesake of the designer and vintage maven, Shareen Mitchell, is a LA institution and one that I first learned about from my friend (and designer) Alison Lewis before having moved from NYC. The store has loads of charm despite being located in an extremely industrial part of downtown. Once you make it through the door (sorry, 'No Boys Allowed,' as the sign out front will inform you), you'll be confronted with nearly two dozen racks packed full of fantastic vintage finds that are organized according to decade or style.
I have introduced quite a few ladies to Shareen and love it dearly for its highly curated, affordable selection (skirts and dresses priced under $40). Looking for something more formal? Shareen often lends and sells high-end vintage pieces for red carpet events. Whatever your budget, shopping Shareen is a particularly enjoyable way to spend an afternoon with your favorite ladies. There are no dressing rooms (hence the gender discrimination), so you can play dress up for hours, evaluating your finds in one of the handful of full-length mirrors around and refueling with candy, cliff bars and water, all of which are on hand at no cost."· Shareen Vintage [Official Site]
· Pose [Official Site]
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