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What LA Shopping Stretch Was Most Improved in 2012?

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As 2012 draws to a close, we're surveying our friends in the fashion industry about the year's biggest news stories and most exciting developments. Today we looked at the worst trends of 2012; now, insider-y types tell us which shopping street was most improved this year. Readers, let us know what you think in the comments.


Abbot Kinney. Photo via My LA Lifestyle.

Brenna Egan, editor of Refinery29 LA: "I've always loved it, but Abbot Kinney gets better by the day. I appreciate that there are close tabs kept on the brands worthy of setting up shop on the street."

Marlien Rentmeester, Lucky West Coast editor and blogger at Le Catch: "Melrose Avenue/Place (Vanessa Bruno, TenOverSix, and Isabel Marant to come!)"

Kara and Brit Smith, designers of of Elkin: Brit: "We're east siders and we tend to do a lot of our shopping on the east side. We've seen this strip of Sunset in Echo Park—the intersection of Mohawk and Sunset—really evolve. New stores like deKor and new restaurants like Mohawk Bend have opened, alongside pre-exisiting staples like Minnettes Antiques and American Apparel." Kara: "Robertson. I'm kidding."

Cher Coulter, celebrity stylist and JewelMint designer: "Rodeo Drive. It's become so much more relevant."

Yael Aflalo, founder and owner of Reformation: "Abbot Kinney."

Aimee Song, interior designer and blogger at Song of Style: "Probably Melrose with all the new boutiques popping up."

Ilaria Urbinati, celebrity stylist and co-owner of Confederacy: "West Melrose—that area with RRL, Rag & Bone, Marc Jacobs, A.P.C., etc just keeps growing. La Brea is really hopping, too. Also, I love all the restaurants that have opened up by my store Confederacy. I hear Abbot Kinney has gotten great but there's too much traffic in LA for me to find out for myself."

Alisa Gould-Simon, co-founder of shopping and style app Pose: "West 3rd Street, which I'm partial too since it's walking distance from my house."

Kat Odell, editor of Eater LA: "Maybe I am biased because I live on the west side but I love Abbot Kinney. In addition to Satine, I like the newly opened WILL Leather Goods shop, and on weekends there's this cute little pop-up outdoor market with some really rad vintage."

Cameron Silver, founder of Decades: "Abbot Kinney."

Brigham Yen, DTLA chronicler at Brigham Yen: "I think 6th Street near Spring has become a great place for indie local shops. There are almost a dozen retail clothing stores forming a mini-Melrose Ave in Downtown LA."

Kelly Wearstler, designer: "Melrose and Melrose Place."

Elizabeth Kott, founder of Closet Rich: "Fairfax."

Kate Albrecht, designer and founder of Mr. Kate: "Larchmont has some new and interesting stores popping up. It's a great street to shop and eat!"

Melissa Magsaysay, author of City of Style: "La Brea."
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