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Ladies and gents, it's now time to unveil the winners of the 2013 Racked Awards for Los Angeles. Our champs across 11 categories represent the best and brightest in retail in LA, a city that continues to prove its stylish standing in the fashion world. Because our winners work hard and they're good at what they do, we hereby crown them as true retail rockstars and we look forward to watching them continue to soar.
Before we list the names, though, let's go over the rules and logistics. For three of the below categories, we asked readers to choose between a pre-determined list of nominees. For the remaining eight, we made the decision ourselves after much deliberation. Nominees and winners alike will be feted at a party tonight in Manhattan. Those winners that couldn't make it should watch their mail for their coveted prize, a turquoise mannequin head bearing the official golden turban of the Racked Awards. And now, without further ado, the winners in Los Angeles.
RACKED AWARDS, READERS' CHOICE
So Hot Right Now
Awarded to the retail entity that has generated the most buzz over the past twelve months.
Nominees: Poketo, Wasteland, Reformation, Just One Eye, TenOverSix
Winner: Just One Eye
Best New Store
Nominees: Topshop Topman, Urban Outfitters Malibu, Left House, Isabel Marant, Céline
Winner: Urban Outfitters Malibu
Best Men's Store
Nominees: MRKT, South Willard, Mohawk Man, Mattison, Madison Mens Shop
Winner: Mohawk Man
RACKED AWARDS, EDITOR'S CHOICE
Best Shoe Store
Nominees: Mona Moore, Kathryn Amberleigh, Sportie LA, RIF Los Angeles, The Left Shoe Company
Winner: Mona Moore
Best Home Decor Store
Nominees: Camerich, Modernica, Ilan Dei Venice, Shopclass, Apt2B at Co-op 28
Best One-Stop Beauty Haven
Awarded to the beauty shop whose speciality is a consistent crowd-pleaser.
Nominees: Drybar, Assembly Salon, Skin Laundry, Blushington, Stark Waxing Studio
Most Stylish Fitness Studio
Nominees: AuraCycle, SoulCycle, Equinox, Flywheel, Tracy Anderson Brentwood
Most Adorable Store Sidekick
In recognition of the store dog, cat, or other creature, furry or otherwise, who has contributed the most to the cuteness of the city's retail landscape in 2013.
Nominees: Oliver at Jonathan Adler, Nixon at Leanna Lin's Wonderland, Franny at Skylight Books, Shanti at WILL Leather Goods, Rosie at Maxwell Dog
Winner: Shanti at WILL Leather Goods
Most Anticipated Store Opening
Awarded to the store whose upcoming opening is pee-in-your-pants exciting.
Nominees: Acne DTLA, Urban Outfitters DTLA, Zara DTLA, Muji Hollywood, The Row Melrose Place
Winner: Acne DTLA