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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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When not styling celebrities like Christina Aguilera, Nicole Richie, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez and the Kardashians, Simone Harouche spends her time designing handbags. She founded her line 2009, when what began as a collector's hobby turned into Simone Camille, a collection of lavishly-embroidered carryalls and hand-crafted leather bags. Harouche only trusts one shop with all her alternation needs, and here, she reveals her go-to woman.
"My hidden gem in Los Angeles is my tailor and dressmaker Ludmila Couture. Ludmila does it all, from alterations to patterns and she can create custom clothing for you. I use Ludmila for all my styling and costume design jobs. She even helped me with the first pattern for my handbag line Simone Camille. Her prices are very affordable and she can work with tight deadlines. I can always count on her to whip something up for me, even when I'm under extreme pressure to get my collection out the door."
· Ludmila Couture [Official Site]
· Simone Camille [Official Site]
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