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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. Yesterday, we covered their biggest shopping disappointments of 2012 and their predictions for 2013; today, they name the top shops of 2012. Readers, let us know what you think in the comments.
Just One Eye in Hollywood. Photo via C.
Ilaria Urbinati, celebrity stylist and co-owner of Confederacy: "The Rag & Bone shop in West Hollywood. It's gorgeous and massive and I'm a huge fan of the line for both men and women."
Yael Aflalo, founder and owner of Reformation: "Just One Eye."
Cher Coulter, celebrity stylist and JewelMint designer: "The new Dior store is amazing. It's so glamorous."
Brenna Egan, editor of Refinery29 LA: "General Store on Lincoln in Venice is — hands down — the best addition to 2012's L.A. retail scene. From dream catchers and dope coffee table tomes to about 85 other artisan-made things I didn't know I needed to own, John Moore and Hannah Henderson should hang a danger sign on the door in all caps!"
Cameron Silver, LA man-about-town and founder of Decades: "Just One Eye, hands down."
Kat Odell, editor of Eater LA: "Satine in Venice, A+R on La Brea."
Kate Albrecht, designer and founder of Mr. Kate: "Madewell at the Grove. I love Madewell and I'm glad there's one closer to me and my fave Veggie Grill at the Farmer's Market!"
Marlien Rentmeester, Lucky West Coast editor and blogger at Le Catch: "The Topshop pop-up showroom."
Kara and Brit Smith, designers of of Elkin: Brit: "Akai Ito boutique Downtown LA in the Arts District. They cater to avant-garde looks and independent artists. Aesthetically, it is such a beautiful, well curated store and they carry unique high-end designers. Of course we also love it because they carry Elkin." Kara: "Standard Goods."
Alisa Gould-Simon, co-founder of shopping and style app Pose: "Was Everlane launched this year? If so it's the standout by far. What they're doing branding and product and business model wise is pretty incredible. I'm also a huge fan of this vintage e-commerce destination that I still am not quite sure how I found: Where I Was From. I love the selection, the voice, the styling and just the overall feel of the shop."
Aimee Song, interior designer and blogger at Song of Style: "Joe's Jeans on Melrose Place and the Kelly Wearstler boutique. Not only do I like the products but I love the interiors of these both places."
Brigham Yen, DTLA chronicler at Brigham Yen: "The Well at Olympic and Olive"
Elizabeth Kott, founder of Closet Rich: "The new Reformation space on Melrose is inspired. It is has an idyllic quality that is a perfect representation of the brand. Not to mention that wall of wooly pockets...obsessed."
Kelly Wearstler, designer: "RTH, they carry the most amazing leather pieces."
Melissa Magsaysay, author of City of Style: "Just One Eye."
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