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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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Kelly Cole is a jack-of-all-trades. Really, that's the only way to describe him. He was a DJ (where he held residency at clubs like Trousdale, Hemingway's, Hyde, and Teddy's), owned a retail space/gallery and lifestyle brand called Lo-Fi that was a favorite among celebrities, recently designed the interiors of Harry Morton's new Fuku Burger and has his own denim, t-shirt and accessories brand available at Maxfield, Confederacy, American Rag, Fred Segal and his namesake shop on La Brea. So yes, he's busy. Here, he tells us about his favorite spot in Silver Lake for rare LPs.
I love Rockaway Records. It is totally off the beaten path, tucked away in a weird little strip mall and it's a music geek's paradise. In addition to rare LPs and CDs, they always have cool memorabilia: buttons, posters, gold records and other promotional oddities that make great gifts for those who are impossible to buy for. And all of the staff who work there are a throwback to the old days of record stores: super knowledgeable and appropriately strange.
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