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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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Richard Wainwright is not only the owner of NEW/FOUND, he's also one of the masterminds behind the vintage pop-up mecca A Current Affair (designer Trina Turk is a big fan). Wainwright helps curate the treasure trove of rad retro wares and accessories for the seasonal marketplace, which has become a staple on LA's vintage retail scene since its inception. When we asked the pro of all things retro to share his most loved LA retail gem, we knew it had to be good. His answer? A Rose Bowl Flea Market exhibitor stocked with vintage frames galore.
My source for vintage frames is Allyn Scura. They are based in Sebastopol and they come down to LA monthly to show in a permanent space (Z05) at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. They are also exhibitors at A Current Affair. I have a small collection of vintage eyewear, which was almost entirely purchased from Allyn Scura. Their massive collection includes rare pieces from Cartier, Alain Mikli and Cazal and spans the entire 20th century. They have the best prices and even put lenses in if you have your prescription.