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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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Maxwell Williams is the executive editor at Flaunt Magazine where his tasks are multiple. He works with staff to select everyone that makes it inside the publications pages, from the worlds of music to architecture to design to film and entertainment. He collaborates with Flaunt's fashion editor, Mui-Hai Chu, and EIC, Luis Barajas, on photo shoots. He pens features on contemporary art and cover stories on the likes of Zoe Saldana, Anna Faris and Chloe Moretz. And he edits every written piece that comes into the magazine. We asked him about his favorite place in Los Angeles and he filled us in on Pepin Moore in Chinatown.
"Pepin Moore is situated in the old China Art Objects space back on Chung King Road. The owners, John Ryan Moore and Genevieve Pepin, are two of the loveliest people in the world. The programming is a mixture of accessible, clever exhibitions and a sense of rigor—but not so much that it seems stuffy in any way. In fact, it feels more like you're walking into a friend's house, and they happen to be having an art exhibition—all the way down to the basement gallery/hang out spot where they serve Ivette Soler's drink concoctions. The thing that really separates Pepin Moore from other galleries is this sense that it's not all based on the market, and selling, and all those nasty things about galleries that make them seem unapproachable, but they put the art work first, and the work happens to be for sale. They also have a great roomful of fantastic multiples. This is all to say, the artists that they represent are wonderful, young, and full of promise—from Emilie Halpern's intimate presentations to Justin Cole's multi-disciplinary undertakings."
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