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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.
Santee Alley. Image via Santee Alley
Andrea De Luca works as a sales and merchandising planning manager at 7 For All Mankind. On her downtime, she also writes the fashion blog Along Came Some Chatter, a collection of what inspires her style and feeds her obsession with fashion. Originally from Canada, De Luca showed us her favorite place for affordable jewelry in Santee Alley.
"Amongst a block of stores on Santee Alley in DTLA is a small jewelry and accessories shop called KuKuly's. If you're not looking for it, chances are you will walk right by. Don't let its flea market appearance fool you. There are pieces of jewelry you can find that are on par with the offerings in much more expensive contemporary boutiques like Planet Blue—at a fraction of the price. Finding these pieces is like going on a treasure hunt. Hundreds of necklaces hanging one after another on a wall of racks, baskets of bracelets, and glass cases of broaches, cuffs and statement rings. Go there with an open mind, as well as some patience."
· KuKuly's [Yelp]
· Along Came Some Chatter [Official Site]
· All Shopping Confidential Posts [Racked LA]