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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.
Image via Yelp
Photographer Dan Monick has shot for SPIN, Paper, and Foam Magazine (to name a few), runs a limited-edition zine called Fathersons, and is lost without a daily espresso. His favorite bookstore is Alias Books East, a quaint shop with a secret stash of photography books.
"Used bookstore Alias Books East is situated in sleepy but up-and-coming Atwater Village. They opened the store when most bookshops were closing and it's gained a clientele based on word of month only, as they do not advertise. Curated by the owner Patrick, every book here is carefully chosen—from the esoteric and obscure to classic, pulp and scholarly titles. My favorite part of shopping here is having Patrick let me in on his secret stash of photography books. He keeps them in a locked room that only he has the key to. Patrick is also great about finding the perfect book for you and has introduced me to Karlheinz Weinberger (he found me a copy of the original pressing of Weinberger's book). This is definitely my favorite LA bookshop."
· Alias Books East [Official Site]
· Dan Monick Photography [Official Site]
· All Shopping Confidential Posts [Racked LA]