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The Melrose Trading Post Booth That This Designer Swears By

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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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Dania Heller is the woman behind The Hellers, a clothing line she launched in 2008 that is designed and produced in Tel Aviv. Dania's mission is to produce timeless, tailored pieces that can be worn yearlong; each style is produced in a limited-edition. Originally from Santa Monica, she splits her time between Israel and California. When in LA, she always makes a point of stopping by booth B81 at the The Melrose Trading Post.

"I'm a flea market junky. Whenever I travel abroad, flea markets are my first stop. And I have to say, throughout the years, LA's are always my favorites. My latest discovery is a stall at the Melrose Trading Post run by husband and wife team Esme + Ralph. Everything they sell is a true piece and sold at super reasonable prices. My last score included mint Yves St. Laurent and Claude Montana jackets. But it's even more than that as their stall is a sort of classroom to learn about designers that are ripe for rediscovery. Every time I go visit I learn about someone new, often with a "How have you never heard of Diane Freis? And there's also her sister, Susan!" What I love most, though, is that you feel at home to touch and try everything on. Nothing is too precious which is the best way to really learn about and appreciate great design."

· The Hellers [Official Site]
· Melrose Trading Post [Official Site]
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Esme's Vintage at The Melrose Trading Post

7850 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046-7210