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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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In addition to styling commercial campaigns and editorial spreads, stylist Jen Rade has also dressed an impressive roster of red-capret regulars including Cher, Jenna Fischer, Pink and Tina Turner, to name a few. Last year, the fashion pro added another accolade to her already lengthy list when she designed her first apparel collection, Edge by Jen Rade, for QVC (tune-in to QVC on Sunday, August 23 at 5am and Monday, August 25 at 4pm to check out new styles). When Rade's jam-packed schedule permits, she likes to pay a visit to one of LA's top vintage shops to unearth retro treasures and endless style inspo.
I love The Way We Wore. Doris [Raymond] has an amazing eye and brings in pieces from closets and estate sales from all over the world. The store is organized by decade so you can go from the early 1900s to the early 2000s, easily. If you're looking for a '50s party dress, you don't have to dig endlessly to find it. She also has sales that allow you to find great pieces at great prices. The accessories are incredible, too. I usually go on a Sunday when I have nothing else to do because I can easily get lost for five hours there. She also has a shop next door where every designer in the world comes to buy scraps of fabric and pieces too fragile to wear [to use as] references for new designs, myself included.