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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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Lisette Zofia Polny is 31, lives in Venice and has been working in the fashion world for more than 10 years. She's currently the director of merchandising for SoCal brand Three Dots and has worn many hats throughout her career, from product development to styling for Fred Segal Couture. A shopper at heart, her latest retail fixation is Obsolete.
"From vintage wooden ships to antique timepieces and everything for the space in between, Obsolete is one of my favorite shops in LA. Every collectible in the store is inspiring to me, whether it's a perfectly tattered watering can to an anatomical model of a bee, I love it all. It is the place to find that one-of-kind timeless treasure that you didn't know you needed but must have (I have my eye on an Parisian amusement park swing from the 1920's right now). For a journey through time and a bit of nostalgia, Obsolete is the place."
· Obsolete [Official Site]
· Three Dots [Official Site]
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