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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David Gonzales knows eyewear like no other. The eyewear guru has been in the business for over 20 years first at Fred Segal Eyes in SaMo and now at his new spec-happy boutique Alexander Gray at The OC Mix, which is stocked with frames upon frames from around the globe. We hear he's got a real knack for pairing faces with the perfect frames. He's no pushy salesman that's for sure. He won't sell you a pair unless he thinks it looks good on you. When he's not sharing his eyewear intel with customers, he likes shopping for gifts for his loved ones. After the jump, find out why he loves a particular West Hollywood general store that's not so general.
What's not to love! For me, it's the best spot in LA to find unique gifts for everyone in my life. I mean, where else can you get a denim tote, a Carat coffee dripper, Blind Barber shaving products and a handmade eyeglasses case in one small shop? I was in recently to get a Mother's Day gift for my mom and I ended up with a Father's Day gift for my dad, three birthday gifts for friends and a little something for my wife. With three boys under seven, I need to make sure I say thank you to her as often as I can. Max & Moritz makes that easy.