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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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For the better part of a decade, Brantley Gutierrez's photographs have captured the musicians that define this generation in their most dynamic, fearless and honest moments. A photographer and director, Brantley has recently worked with The Arcade Fire, Incubus, Bjork, Band of Horses, Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters and Radiohead, to name a few. Here, he lists his favorite Venice shop for denim (and a glass of whiskey).
"I pretty much live in jeans. They have been part of my daily uniform for longer than I can remember. So I consider myself a denim aficionado of sorts. One of Venice Beach's best-kept secrets is The Stronghold Garment Company on Abbott Kinney. It's a throwback to the days of an all-American dry goods store where they only sell products that are made in the good old US Of A. The shop boasts an amazing collection of White's boots (one of America's oldest boot makers) and Filson bags. All the selvage denim is cut and sewn on site above the store's shop fron,t too. Plus they have whiskey on tap for customers. What more can a guy ask for?"
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· The Stronghold Garment Company [Official Site]
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