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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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A certified public accountant might seem a strange choice for this column, but Brad Meyers comes with a long list of apparel industry clients—including brands like Sud De Sur and Pocket Square Clothing. In fact, Meyers was personally recommended to Racked by Jocelyn Mayer, the textile designer who told us about children's boutique Eggy. He filled us in on the only place in DTLA that he trusts for eyewear.
"Sires Crown Eyewear, on 6th and Spring, is a great place to shop for eyewear, especially if you want to move away from the Luxottica norm. Chris and CJ, the two owners of Sires, design and make all of their frames right here in Downtown LA. For the most part, they're from woods like koa and walnut, which are eco-friendly and sustainable. Their downtown loft houses their showroom on the first level and their workspace upstairs, so you can actually see the assembly of their unique frames. They also collaborate with local artists on limited-edition pieces. All of their frames have a great aesthetic, are really thoughtfully and durably made, and can accommodate prescription lenses for opticals and sunglasses, which you can't really find in any other wood frame that I know of. I recently got a pair of Hiroki's and had Chris put my prescription in and they're the only frames I've been wearing since."
· Sires Crown Eyewear [Official Site]
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