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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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LA-based graphic designer David Weissberg has lent his eye and hand to a slew of clients including The Standard Hotel, Stella McCartney and Mayle and has worked on projects for Jeremy Scott for Adidas. But when he's not glued to his computer screen and in the depths of Photoshop, he spends some time at Necromance – an amazing treasure trove of natural history. Be warned: this isn't your average "Melrose boo-hoo Goth store".
At first glance this place may seem like some sort of typical Melrose boo-hoo goth store, however it is an amazing treasure trove of natural history. You can find vintage Masonic prints, all manner of amazingly priced animal bones, 50's classroom science displays, real Victorian surgical tools, old stamps, and more. In short, everything you need to become the next Brothers Quay or Floria Sigismondi. Hell I once found Eva Braun's pocketbook there, not that I'm big on handbags of the Real Housewives of The Third Reich?
Story by Yale Breslin