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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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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joanna August has always been a lover of all things fashion. Her August 2008 nuptials proved to be the catalyst in launching her namesake line—a collection of feminine creations that bridge her laid-back SoCal style with the edge and sophistication she picked up during her time on the East Coast. Today, she counts the likes of Meg Ryan, Tori Spelling and Malin Akerman as fans. Here, August fills us in on her favorite spot for sconces, floor lamps and more.
"Filament Lighting is literally a hidden gem, tucked back from the street on the corner of Orange and La Brea—you have probably driven past it 100 times and never noticed it was there—I know I did! But once you walk into the two-story space, you feel like you have been given the key to Miss Havisham's attic! There are sconces, chandeliers, floor lights, ceiling lights and every other type of light galore (not to mention some choice knick knacks) stowed high up on shelves, beneath tables, scattered on book cases all in various states of disrepair. And when you lay eyes on something you like, they can straighten it, shine it and re-wire it all in-store so your find will be just like new (well...like perfectly-functioning beautiful vintage anyway!). This is definitely a store for the Rosebowl Flea Market set who love a great find, but they also have high-end and restored pieces for those who prefer something more polished. Every time I visit it feels like a treasure hunt and more often than not I strike gold!"
· Filament Lighting [Official Site]
· Joanna August [Official Site]
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