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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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Named one of the 100 most influential designers in America by Metropolitan Home 2008, Marjorie Skouras' work has been published extensively worldwide. Now focused primarily on her product line, which is available in showrooms nationally, she's just launched a new collection of lighting, accessories, furniture and mirrors for wholesale furnishings manufacturer Currey & Co at High Point. Despite the hustle and bustle of her day job, she still manages to find time to shop at Gold Bug, her favorite spot in Pasadena.
"Gold Bug in Pasadena is utterly divine. It's a true shop of curiosities, all terribly elegant, and the customer service is excellent! I did not know that I needed so many things when I was taken there by Laura Hull, former LA editor of Metropolitan Home Magazine. On my last visit, I purchased a set of 12 porcelain plates in a malachite pattern that had been discontinued. I had searched high and low for them, and they were magically there. These were the plates commissioned by the Tony Duquette estate. They have a pair of stunning chandeliers dressed with selenite wands and I have my eye on those for a client. They also have a taxidermied two-toed sloth. I have never seen one before, but my husband and daughter ruled it out for our collection?apparently too creepy."
· Gold Bug Pasadena [Official Site]
· Marjorie Skouras Design [Official Site]
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