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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: The Elder Statesman
Whether the name Anita Patrickson rings a bell or not, chances are you've seen (and loved!) some of her sartorial work. The South Africa-raised, LA-based celeb stylist is responsible for styling red carpet darlings like Chrissy Teigen, Julianne Hough, and Lucy Hale to name a few. In addition to regularly playing dress up with some of our fave stars, she's also a pro jet-setter. No matter what far-flung destination her job takes her to, she always come back to sunny LA to unwind and prep for the next adventure. When she is in town, she likes to hunt for new retail gems. Her latest obsession? An ultra-chic haven filled with super-soft and cozy sweaters.
Aside from having the coolest founder and designer, Greg Chait, [The Elder Statesman is] the most fabulous brick-and-mortar store in West Hollywood. It perfectly balances quaint and cozy with edgy and hipster. The designs, knits, and colors give this label a completely unique aesthetic. This really is the most awesome cashmere you are likely to find anywhere. The Elder Stateman won the CFDA fashion fund in 2012 and walking through these doors it's very clear why: yummy blankets, super-cool sweaters, and gorgeously snuggly teddies (three of the most essential items for life!). There is no way this won't be your new fave store on the West Coast.