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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.
Image via Dean Leather Accessories
Luxury womenswear designer Alex Stone lives in Silver Lake with his long-haired miniature dachshund, Wallace; is originally from Texas (but has been an LA resident for over 13 years); and previously worked as the head of design for LA's Thomas Wylde. When asked about his favorite shop, he pointed us towards Dean Leather on Sunset.
"I met Danny, the owner and designer of Dean Leather Accessories, ten years ago, while I was working at Box Brothers (he shipped all of his online and out-of-state orders through us). I immediately became an admirer of the rustic, thick, raw-edged cowhide and handmade craftsmanship of his wallets, watchbands, handbags and travelers. It wasn't until years later I could actually afford to purchase a Dean Leather Accessories handbag for my sister and a traveler for myself. I also started using his beautiful portfolio cases to perfectly package my CV when applying to overseas jobs. The quality is impeccable, there is obvious care in the work and Dean offers a lifetime guarantee for repairs. For many reasons, I will continue to support this local designer, whose work has become emblematic of the Silver Lake neighborhood and its artistic inhabitants."
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