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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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Barrett Prendergast was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently lives in Atwater Village with her husband, Andre Vippolis. Together, they own and design a women's bag line called Sud de Sur, which was inspired by a road trip they took to Big Sur a couple of years ago. We asked Barrett for her favorite shopping spot in LA and she filled us in on her secret source for amazing vintage Downtown.
"I have been collecting vintage clothing for over ten years. I love finding hole-in-the-wall places, rummaging through piles of clothing for hours and coming across a perfect condition Lanvin slip dress or 1950s cocktail dress. A few years ago, I found A&D Wholesale Vintage Clothing. Located on the outskirts of Downtown LA and housed in a large warehouse, this vintage wholesaler has bins and bins of vintage clothing all sold by the pound. If you don't have a wholesale number don't worry, Debra, the owner, opens her doors to the public every month. Some of my favorite printed wrap skirts, embroidered dresses and high heels were discovered at this vintage emporium."
· Sud De Sur [Official Site]
· A & D Wholesale Vintage Clothing [Official Site]
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