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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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Daniel Shemtob is living his dreams. The 24-year-old recently launched TLT Food in Westwood, his first brick-and-mortar restaurant, an outgrowth of his hugely successful Lime Truck that won season two of Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. The dapper chef, who specializes in "New American Without Boundaries" cuisine, tells us about his favorite place to shop in DTLA: Standard Issue Clothing Company.
This store is badass. The owner is a really nice Japanese guy who has an eye for great vintage pieces, and a super low price point. It's hit-and-miss like all vintage/consignment stores, but because of its location, you find some hidden gems which you wouldn't find in other areas. I've gone there a few times and picked up some great vintage white tees, a Pendelton sweater for only $45 and some really cool one-of-a-kind pieces. The store is super quaint and he has some great things hidden on shelves and some that he rents out to movie sets—so make sure you chat with the guy behind the counter to get all the goods."
· Daniel Shemtob [Twitter]
· Standard Issue Clothing Company [Yelp]
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