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.
Canada-born, stiletto-loving footwear designer Jerome Rousseau launched his eponymous women's shoe label in 2008. His game-changing creations have since graced the feet of fashionable starlets like Olivia Wilde, Nicole Richie and Miranda Kerr, to name a few. In addition to crafting a phenomenal collection of walkable art, his offerings also boast a small, but mighty selection of statement-making evening clutches. When Rousseau isn't dreaming up his next strappy, lacey or glittering stepper he ventures to Venice for some shoe retail therapy of his own at his favorite avant-garde shoe boutique.
I have a lot of design work on my plate, so a trip to Abbot Kinney in Venice is always a relaxing treat. My favorite store on the street is Mona Moore. I love the considered interior, the statement artworks and the atmosphere it creates. The Mona Moore team, led by the brilliant Lisa Bush, is informed and welcoming. But what makes this place a standout independent footwear retailer is the carefully curated selection of product. Here, you will find unexpected pieces from labels you love, and from labels you'll love to discover. In addition to footwear treasures, there is an assortment of accessories that complete the distinctive aesthetic of the store.
· Mona Moore [Official Site]
· Jerome C. Rousseau [Official Site]
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