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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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Tony Drockton knows handbags. He's put them on the arms of thousands of women, including famous types like Angelina Jolie, Paris Hilton and Ashley Greene. His collection goes by the name of Hammitt Los Angeles and is sold in more than 300 shops across the globe. Here, Tony points us towards Gum Tree, his favorite spot in Hermosa Beach for bags, toys and food.
"The store is full of fabulous, hand-picked gifts that will please even that hardest person to gift. There is also an adjoining café to the store. The prices range from $5 to well over $500 with books, jewelry, bags, toys and more. Jonathan Adler and many other designers along with unknown artists are featured here. The café food is great with a mixture of New York cuisine, Australian flair and California casual."
· Gum Tree [Official Site]
· Hammitt Los Angeles [Official Site]
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