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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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LA-native jewelry designer Sophie Monet spends her days crafting gorgeous handmade jewels in her airy Venice Beach studio loft. Her LA-inspired line comprises a slew exotic wood pieces encrusted with beautiful gems and stones all influenced by the designer's beachy roots and time spent in her father's wood shop as a kid. On one particular trek to Glendora, the jewelry maven stumbled upon a treasure-filled furniture shop Foothill 5 Fifty that introduced her to a whole new world of design.
Little did I know what I thought would be a short trip to Glendora would end up being a five-hour tour of the most incredible mid-century land mine I've ever experienced. Bill Ketterer, the eccentric and enthralling mind behind the five warehouses of collectable furniture, will have you taking notes on design legends: Eames, Corbusier, Saarinen, and Schindler. A true hidden gem, the personal and overwhelming experience of this place gives you that feeling of being in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, but instead of chocolate you're getting something that feels like a part of history and won't melt in your pocket. If you're wondering, I left with a set of red Sergio Mazza Toga chairs.