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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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Lindsay Johnson is the buyer for Arcade Boutique on Melrose—a beautiful shop that houses designers like Yigal Azrouël, Barbara Bui, Rick Owens, Kimberly Ovitz, IRO, and lots of other in-demand fashion labels. Before her recent gig, was the buyer at Tracey Ross on Sunset (which happened to close a year after she departed). She's been buying for seven years now and credits Tracey for teaching her pretty much everything she knows. Her favorite spot to spend some downtime is Haus Interior, a boutique on West 3rd Street that has everything from Pendleton towels to Ikat-print coasters.
"When I stepped into the newly-opened Haus Interior on 3rd Street, I immediately felt right at home (or rather, a slightly better version of it). I had the sudden urge to move in on the spot and snuggle right up in the beautiful geometric print throws and pillows and flip through a Richard Neutra book. Owner Nina Freudenberger nailed the cozy-meets-modern vibe, then she added a touch of nautical-meets-sexy. Brilliant. Not to mention a no-fail solution to finding the perfect house-warming or host/hostess gift that won't break the bank. Think Pendleton towels, Ikat print coaster sets, or the 'best vase ever.' Nina offers design consulting on any level at an approachable rate. Her shop offers loads of inspiration to take home and that's free of charge. Admittedly, I'm a sucker for trinkets (the good kind), and there is an abundance. My favorite is a golden eagle sculpture that I decided I could not sleep another night without. Would it have been weird if I asked to move in? Yes. But I definitely wanted to."
· Haus Interior [Official Site]
· Arcade Boutique [Official Site]
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