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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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Mitra Khayyam is the brains behind Blood is The New Black, an artist-centric T-shirt company she founded in 2004. Currently living in LA with two dogs and "a whole lot of country records," she's been named one of V Magazine's "Seventeen Most Industrious" individuals and has expanded into a line of children's clothing called Little Warrior. In her spare time, she loves to dig through records at Mount Analog in Highland Park.
"Parked next to one of my favorite galleries (THIS), Mount Analog has become my go-to for obscure records, leggings from Golden Bones, tarot cards, tees from one of my favorite brands (other than my own) Actual Pain, books and other gems. I've been collecting records for close to 20 years and Mount Analog serves as not only a walk down musical memory lane, but also a great resource to discover new music. They host awesome in-store events there too like performances, movie screenings and record releases. I'm a big believer in independent records stores and Mount Analog (in addition to a handful of others) is definitely keeping vinyl not only alive, but far more engaging than digital music could ever be."
· Mount Analog [Official Site]
· Blood Is The New Black [Official Site]
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