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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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Since launching her namesake label at just 19 years old, Jenni Kayne's easy-to-wear clothes and accessories have become cult favorites. We're convinced the LA-based designer's life is pretty much as flawless as her stylish pieces. In between being a mom, running three Cali stores, whipping up Gwyneth Paltrow-approved meals, and still making her early bed time (we don't know how she does it all), Kayne discovered a new favorite LA shop that's brimming with Japanese housewares perfect for her airy LA abode. Below, she shares her secret spot and some of the cool things she's found there.
One of my new favorite stores is Tortoise General Store—a beautifully curated little gem on Abbot Kinney. Created by husband and wife team, Keiko and Taku Shinimoto, who moved to Los Angeles from Tokyo, Tortoise features a thoughtful assortment of housewares, gifts, and furniture, all of which are either designed or manufactured in Japan. I find it nearly impossible to step inside and leave empty-handed. Some favorites include a cast iron incense burner, a brass candle stand, a shina bark flower basket, an iron pine cone container, a cast iron bottle opener, and this donabe steam roaster.