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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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Johnny Wujek began his career as a model, but soon realized he wanted to move in a different area of the fashion industry. After taking a non-paid gig as a stylist's assistant on a movie called Wonderland, he dove head-first into the world of celebrity and editorial styling. To date, he's worked with magazines like Flaunt, i-D, Elle, Vogue, Prestige, Interview and V and on campaigns for Guess, Bebe and Badgley Mischka. One of his main gigs, though, is styling Katy Perry (yes, he's responsible for everything from her sushi-inspired getup to her Tom Ford gowns). When he wants to shop for himself, though, he heads to Library, a quaint boutique on Larchmont Boulevard that epitomizes his look to a T.
"I was having breakfast at the Larchmont Farmers Market and I noticed this shop that had vintage suitcases stacked out front that were taller than me. I knew I had to investigate. The shop is called Library and it's on Larchmont Boulevard. One of my favorite Library purchases was an amazing elbow patch sweater—it was perfectly broken-in and looked like I had been wearing it for years. I especially lust for the vintage suitcases that line the walls of the store. I want all of them in my house. Everywhere! I really like the shop because it feels like a perfect art-directed version of my closet, but on a much larger scale. It's full of goodies that I would rock daily."· Library [Official Site]
· Johnny Wujek [Twitter]
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