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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.
Co-owner Johan Lam and co-founder Kiya Babzani are the brains behind raw denim haven Self Edge. The shop specializes in providing devotees with the highest quality denim in the world. When their not trotting the globe scouting new brands, the die-hard jeans junkies like to mosey on down the block from their LA boutique to shop for stylish home goods at whyrHymer.
whyrHymer is a design company owned by Brandon Morrison and his wife, Sundeep, with a showroom located at 138 N La Brea Ave. Their lighting fixtures and handmade furniture take mid-century modern cues and filter them through Morrison's distinct Southern Californian lens. The pieces are innovative and stylish without the stuffiness that most designer furniture exudes. We both can easily envision outfitting our entire homes with whyrHymer pieces whenever we step foot into their inspiring space.