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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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Daniel Pereira is the founder of Gifted Eye, a company he launched to help professionals style and brand themselves. He's no stranger to the fashion world, having worked as a stylist for publications like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Homme, Nylon, Paper, and GQ. He credits much of his aesthetic to a three-year stint at Decades, where he assisted owner Cameron Silver (who shared his love of DOSA 818 with us a few months back). When he wants to shop, he heads to Pygmy Hippo Shoppe, his secret spot that has it all.
"On Stanley Avenue, just north of Beverly Boulevard, is a tiny store sandwiched between a coffee shop and a taco stand called Pygmy Hippo Shoppe. The vibe is like a turn-of-the-century punk-rock apothecary candy shop. It's only ten by six (seriously) but you can get everything from vintage toys to stationery and jewelry. For those of you that like to shop local, many of the items are hand-made by the owner, her mother, and other LA artisans that live in the neighborhood. My two favorite recent finds are a Golden Girls coloring book and naughty animal themed needlepoint. Every time I run in for a quick gift I end up staying for at least a half hour chatting and discovering adorable things that I never need, but absolutely must have!"
· Pygmy Hippo Shoppe [Official Site]
· Gifted Eye [Official Site]
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