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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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Rebecca Clark is the brand manager for Goldsign denim and a longtime resident of Eagle Rock. Previous to her time at Goldsign, Clark was an account exec at Sea Showroom where she helped launch lines such as Seven for All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity and C&C California. She took several years off to have children and when she decided to go back to work, Goldsign, Citizens of Humanity's sister company, was looking for a brand manager—a job that seemed a natural evolution to her years in sales. When we asked her about her favorite shopping spots, she filled us in on this place in Highland Park.
"I first noticed Platform driving down York Blvd in Highland Park around Christmas time last year. I was intrigued by the handmade, unique holiday decorations hanging in the window—large, hand-blown glass balls with a single gorgeous feather inside; brightly-colored felt balls; Origami stars. I had to check it out. Inside was a wonderful well-curated mish mosh of unique jewelry, Moroccan poufs, kilim rugs, succulents in glass containers, interesting coffee table art books, scented candles, beautiful hand-dyed scarfs, pottery, simple denim artist shirts, Moroccan tea glasses, vintage wooden furniture, etc. There are no designers or labels here—all items speak for themselves and the aesthetic of the shop. Despite seeming like a random selection of objects, everything has a subtle handmade, roughhewn, organic quality, so it all works. Platform was an oasis in the once-empty storefronts of York, and one of the first design boutiques to move onto the block, which has several of them now. It has become my 'go to' place to find last-minute gifts and to score something very cool for the hard-to-shop for."
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