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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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Kristin Dickson-Okuda is the co-owner (along with Shin Okuda) of IKO IKO, a concept shop located on Fairfax. The store houses home goods (including the duo's furniture line, WAKA WAKA), accessories and their clothing project, Rowena Sartin. Here, Kristin tells us why she loves Cliff's Books in Pasadena.
"At Cliff's Books, you feel like you've stepped into one of the last remaining bookstores. Low ceilings, a middle school library layout with stacks, dark corners and odd low lighting. There are old postcards at the counter and they are open until 11 pm most nights. You have to devote some time digging through all of their categories....furniture, design, art monographs, ancient history, product design. I recently scored a vintage copy of Details (when Bill Cunningham was shooting for them) and an April 1987 copy of Interview magazine with Lisa Bonet as the cover model."
· IKO IKO [Official Site]
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