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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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Jordan Klein is the co-founder of The Tappan Collective, an online platform to discover and collect limited-edition prints and original artwork by emerging talent. Klein began her career at the Gagosian Gallery in New York City and quickly realized that there was a lack of opportunity for emerging artists and a gap in the market for original art at affordable prices. Many of her friends were struggling to exhibit and sell their artwork so Klein, along with her now business partner Chelsea Neman, lauched their company. They've tapped into local art scenes across the world to curate a collection of the best new work by up-and-comers (recent artists include Gia Coppola, Clara Balzary and Olivia Wolfe). Here, Jordan fills us in on her favorite new shopping spot on Beverly Boulevard.
"A new gem on Beverly Blvd called Espionage is my favorite place to find the most unique gifts. I always find something that I can't live without in that place. It's eclectic and perfectly styled, and owner Taylor King is a beauty herself and always has something fun going on—be it champagne flutes or her puppy—Espionage is always a treat. There are carefully-considered pieces of consignment designer clothing mixed with an offering of unique gifts and rare treasures that make a visit to Espionage an experience in inspiration and aesthetics. As thoughtful as it is random, the space narrates their story through a selection of book titles, reclaimed vintage furniture, semi-precious gemstone jewels and whimsical ware. Perfumes and lotions by Tokyo Milk, luxury soy candles, beautiful glassware and object d'arts decorate and delight. Their mission is to make hidden treasures a part of your life and to share the secret of Espionage."
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· The Tappan Collective [Official Site]
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