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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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Melissa Magsaysay is the style editor at The Los Angeles Times Image section where she pens columns about everything fashion, lifestyle and beauty-related. A regular contributor to Times blog All The Rage, before landing at the paper Magsaysay spent three years as the west coast fashion and market editor at WWD. Her book, City of Style: Exploring Los Angeles Fashion from Bohemian to Rock comes out this May and as a little preview, she turned us on to her favorite shop in West Hollywood, Dragonette—an insider secret in the interior design world.
"This is a gorgeous interiors store in West Hollywood where I go to dream and get inspired. It houses amazing vintage furniture from the 20s through 50s as well as a contemporary line designed by Dragonette (a made-to-order Lucite step stool called the "Social Climber" is a favorite). L.A.'s most sought-after interior designers know this place for its massive selection of breathtaking lamps, tables, art and objects, but the hidden gem here is the glass case in the middle of the store which is filled with a beautifully curated selection of vintage jewelry. There are 80s Chanel baubles and one-of-a-kind runway pieces from Dior and Valentino as well as early Kenneth Jay Lane items and classic Hermes bracelets. It's the perfect place to come and get new ideas for your home or closet, or to pick out a unique piece of vintage jewelry as a gift for you or someone very special."
· All The Rage [LA Times]
· Dragonette [Official Site]
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