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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.
Photo: Old Focals
Husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung are the creatives behind essential indie shop Poketo. With a DTLA flagship and an equally adorable second outpost at The Line Hotel in Koreatown, Poketo boasts Cali cool charm like no other. The retailer's home goods, unique gifts, and cute stationery are simply irresistible. Basically, Poketo is our idea of a Perfect Saturday. One of Ted and Angie's personal favorite LA boutiques, however, is a vintage eyewear shop in Pasadena. Here, Ted tells us why they love it.
Walking into Old Focals is a little like [traveling] back in time. It's a cute, warm, tiny shop. They have an amazing collection of vintage eyewear. Some pieces have never been used and some are still in great condition. I don't know how they find all of these frames, but it's amazing. The owner of the shop also outfits the film industry for period pieces—so you know it's legit. You can spend hours on end just trying stuff on to see what suits you. For original, vintage frames, the prices are reasonable.