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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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Catherine Ryu is the women's creative director behind LA-based denim brand Citizens of Humanity. The beloved brand known for its too-cool denim staples continues to impress jean junkies, most recently, with a cool Premium Vintage collection of perfectly distressed jeans. Like many creatives, Ryu looks to art for inspiration. Here, she shares with us where she finds beautiful pieces in LA.
Contemporary art is a huge part of my everyday inspiration so I go to Gemini G.E.L.—the iconic LA institution for contemporary prints at a more reasonable price point. They have limited-edition prints by Ellsworth Kelly, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and Richard Serra. The store is on Melrose Avenue and has collaborated with more than 60 highly accomplished artists in lithography, etching, screenprinting, woodcut and a variety of sculptural materials. It's always just so inspiring to be there.