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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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Matty Pipes is the social media manager for Starworks Artists in Los Angeles and counts stylists Cher Coulter and Kris Zero as well as hair stylist Tracey Cunningham as clients. When he's hanging with friends, Pipes likes to check out Spellbound Sky in Silver Lake. After the jump, he tells us why.
Me and my friends have recently gotten to that fated state of all LA young adults where we've traded in our clubbing shoes for industry jobs. Where there used to be a slew of texts about after parties in my iPhone now lives a handful of 'Sooo tired, raincheck?!' and 'No can do, have a deadline :(' messages. We do try to get together weekly to update each other on gossip, boyfriend leads and rotating juice cleanses. Our ritual usually consists of brunch at Soho House and an excursion to some off-the-radar shopping spot. A few months ago, we hit up Spellbound Sky in Silver Lake and I instantly fell in love.
The storefront sits a few steps off Santa Monica Blvd just blocks from Sunset Junction. The owners, Mark and Martin, have an infectious energy that can be felt the moment you enter. Combine this with an obscure '80s-disco soundtrack, their penchant for hugs and the multiple bouquets of rose quartz and one could feel like they were shopping in a 'cool aunt's' closet. Mark and Martin make most of the pieces sold in Spellbound Sky including draped tanks, billowing capes and casual onsies—all in black. They also have a select vintage collection with a heavy focus on out-of-print concert tees, embellished leather jackets, gravity-defying creepers and one Dior Homme sweater I've been coveting for weeks!
In addition to clothes they offer handmade jewelry, home decor, tailoring and manufacturing services and a Wednesday night meditation class that I'm always too busy to attend. Raincheck?!
· Spellbound Sky [Official Site]
· Starworks Artists [Official Site]
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