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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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After noticing a lack of classic tailoring and understated design in the swimwear market, Isaac Ross developed Solid & Striped, a collection of men's and boy's swimwear. Each pair of shorts is finished with the brand's signature cream-colored drawstring, custom-made stainless steel aglets and its trademark blue stitches on the waistband. When we asked him where he loves to shop in LA, Mr. Ross pointed us in the direction of Canvas in Malibu.
"My parents live in Malibu, so I've spent quite a bit of time at the Malibu Country Mart. While I'm there, I always make it a priority to stop by Canvas. The boutique/gallery hybrid is surrounded by Los Angeles institutions including Maxfield, James Perse, Oliver Peoples and Ron Herman, but Canvas stands out to me as the the most thoughtfully curated reflection of Malibu culture. Thanks to the elegant taste of Arlington Forbes and his wife Jac, I never leave empty handed. During my last visit I picked up a pair of hand-painted Jack Purcell sneakers and a limited-edition Apolis bag. I love their Canvas Malibu private label shirts and they carry some of my favorite brands including Unis, Engineered Garments and my swimwear line, Solid & Striped."
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· Canvas [Official Site]
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