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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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Montenegro-born Milan Franeta is the creative director of Sandast, a line of leather goods born out of his experience working at places like Raw 7, Secret Blue, Blue Cult, Raquel Allegra, Civilianiare Jeans and Gilded Age. His favorite shop in Los Angeles is Mister Freedom, a go-to source for vintage selvage denim.
"A place like Mister Freedom is just what I like to fall upon when I'm out searching for inspiration for my own designs. You can find very rare, antique Japanese indigo denim jeans here and the fabrics range from the 1850s through the 1930s. I found this store by checking out vintage fashion shows like Inspiration in Long Beach where Mister Freedom's Christophe Loiron was exhibiting. This is a place where vintage is reborn and I've found beautiful indigo-patched blankets, authentic Japanese robes, old-school design books and some wonderful belts and boots."
· Mister Freedom [Official Site]
· Sandast [Official Site]
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