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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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Known for dreaming up whimsical floral headpieces and game-changing turbands, designer Jasmin Larian is the creative force behind LA-based accessories label Cult Gaia. Her swoon-worthy blooming crowns and eye-catching printed headwear are beloved by Coachella-goers and bohemian brides alike. There's no doubt that the imaginative beauty has a knack for whipping up look-at-me pieces but she also likes to shop for them, too. To find one-of-a-kind goods, the retro-loving babe hits up this charming vintage boutique in Downtown LA.
My most recent fave is Flamingo Vintage, which had a pop up on West 3rd in WeHo but now has a shop in Downtown LA. It hosts an incredibly curated collection of vintage clothing in perfect condition. The decor is bright and gives you an instant jolt of happiness when you enter. I bought the most amazing floral, psychedelic-printed '60s mini dress there. Also, the owner Candice is eye candy as well. No aesthetic detail is spared at this shop, which is a refreshing contrast to a lot of the vintage stores out there.
· Flamingo Vintage [Facebook]
· Cult Gaia [Official Site]
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