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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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Betty Balian is the designer of Blackbird Betty, a new vintage-inspired brand named after her favorite tune by The Beatles. Her latest collection was inspired by all things organic and natural, drawing references from everything from people watching to her time living in the desert. Here, she shows us Squaresville, her favorite store in Los Feliz for designer clothes at affordable prices.
"My hidden gem would be Squaresville in Los Feliz on North Vermont. It truly takes you back to the '70s. You walk into a time warp, with vintage clothing lining the walls, Led Zeppelin playing in the background and incense filling the air. I have known about this shop since the late '90s because it is not far from where I went to school. It's a real, authentic neighborhood spot where you feel like you belong to a certain destination, tribe or village. They carry a very selective variety of merchandise and shopping here kind of feels like hitting the lotto. I have found surprises from designers like Armani, Moschino and Anna Sui. If you get hungry after all your hunting, you can go next door to Cafe Figaro, an amazing little French cafe, to grab a bite to eat."
· Blackbird Betty Clothing [Official Site]
· Squaresville [Official Site]
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