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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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Luke Storey has been styling for 15 years, helping musicians put together their red carpet and on-set looks. He's worked with Marilyn Manson, Kanye West, TV On The Radio, Foo Fighters, Lisa Marie Presley and more and even set up School of Style, a series of workshops for wardrobe stylists held at Smashbox Studios in LA and Ace Hotel in NYC. Grads have gone on to work with industry talents like Karl Templer, B Akerlund, Arianne Phillips, Stacy London and Colleen Atwood. The self-proclaimed "undercover hippie" filled us in on his favorite vegan-friendly spot in DTLA.
"Shojin is about the only thing that will get me to Downtown LA at night. I'm not one of those Angelinos that's falling for the "Downtown is becoming just like New York City" hype. Uh, it's actually not, but that's okay. It's okay because of gems like this organic/vegan utopia. Being an undercover hippie, I am always on the hunt for food that fits my neurotically healthy diet, so it was a glorious day indeed when I found Shojin. After years of forcing down crap-tasting vegan food, Shojin comes on the scene with food so delicious and flavorful that it could turn the most hardened, inbred redneck into a nori-lover. Don't be scared off by the erie, deserted 80s era mall that is Shojin's home. The food is well worth a case of the creeps. Must have: the Dynamite Roll."
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