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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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Cécile Delarue is a French journalist living in LA. The anchorwoman left Paris for the West Coast and for love (her boyfriend moved here two years ago). Delarue directs documentaries and pop culture shows for French TV and, in her spare time, pens the cooking blog French and Parfait. She filled us in on the one LA shop she considers essential.
"What does a French girl miss when she lives in LA? Croissants? Grey and depressing weather? Or the rudest people in the world, aka her fellow Parisians? When I decided to come and live here, I thought fashion and great clothes would be the missing link. Then I discovered vintage shopping, laid-back daywear, and even Hedi Slimane left Paris for LA. So what's the most important shop for me here? The one where I can buy beef tongue and sweetbreads. Like Lindy & Grundy. The meat is incredible, it's organic, sustainable, and it's 'Tellement LA' (So LA): a married lesbian couple with tattoos and make-up cutting your beef cubes for the boeuf bourguignon, really? I tell you, even my Left-bank foodista friends envy me. Oui oui!"
· Lindy & Grundy [Official Site]
· French and Parfait [Official Site]
· All Shopping Confidential Posts [Racked LA]