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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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To close out Beauty Week, we turn our focus to Alexandra Balahoutis, botanical perfumer and founder of Strange Invisible Perfumes. Born in Los Angeles, she grew up in Beverly Hills and clearly has a good grasp of the land. Here, she fills us in on Lfrank Jewelry, her favorite shop for gems in Venice.
"It seems like practically everyone in LA is a 'jewelry designer' these days. This makes LFrank on Abbot Kinney so refreshing. It is home to my favorite jewelry designer Liseanne Frankfurt's collection. Being that I dislike jewels with stock components like lobster clasps and chain sold by the yard and made in China, LFrank is like a dream. The boutique, much like the jewelry, is gorgeous, relaxed and subtly regal. Liseanne's pieces are handmade; emphasis is placed on organic forms with refinement appearing in all the right places."
· LFrank [Official Site]
· Strange Invisible Perfumes [Official Site]
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