via"> clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

A Handy Guide to Shopping in Los Angeles, From A to Z

New, 1 comment
Heist photo <a href=";theater">via</a>
Heist photo via

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

Whether you're an out-of-towner on the hunt for stylish Cali treasures or simply a local looking for a new retail adventure, we've put together a fun list of indie and established shops to hit all over our city, highlighting one store for each letter in the alphabet. Catch our ABCs of LA shopping below and let us know if any of your favorites made the cut!

A is for Alchemy Works

Last fall, we first introduced you to this cool concept shop in DTLA's Arts District. In addition to being one of our favorite new indie boutiques, its also home to Warby Parker's wildest showroom, which happens to be made of glass and suspended overhead. Alchemy Works: 826 E 3rd Street. [Photo via]

B is for Beckley

Come for the Stanley Kubrick-themed restroom, stay for the endless racks of cult-favorite designer gear. This neighborhood hangout knows how to party, too. Beckley: 8128 W 3rd Street. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]

C is for Clare Vivier

There's a reason why global fashion pubs like ELLE can't stop talking about this colorful Silver Lake flagship. For one, the space is filled with stylish bags worthy of wearing to work and beyond. All designs can be monogrammed, too. Clare Vivier: 3339 Sunset Blvd. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]

D is for Des Kohan

This Miracle Mile essential is clean, cool and chock-full of vibrant showstoppers from designers like Helmut Lang, Jenni Kayne and Azzedine Alaïa. Des Kohan: 671 S Cloverdale Ave. [Photo via]

E is for ENTER Boutique

Inspired by Palace of Versailles, this Beverly Hills newbie is a must-stop for those looking to channel their inner modern Marie Antoinette. Designers on deck include Line & Dot, Stylestalker and an exclusive range of fragrances by French perfume house Caron. ENTER Boutique: 266 S Beverly Drive. [Photo via]

F is for Flamingo Vintage

Beloved by hometown heroes like Cult Gaia's Jasmin Larian, this DTLA vintage addition is jam-packed with psychedelic perfection. Run here for '60s minidresses and kitschy floral separates. Flamingo Vintage: 548 S. Spring Street. [Photo via]

G is for General Quarters

A go-to for LA's most dapper gents, this South La Brea gem is also a barber shop. Where else can you peruse fresh looks from Tanner Goods, Apolis and Chippewa while waiting to get your hair snipped? General Quarters: 153 S. La Brea Ave. [Photo via]

H is for Heist

Goop-approved local designer Susie Crippen swears by this Venice destination for its awe-inspiring decor and unique mix of designer styles hand-picked by store owner Nilou Ghodsi. Heist: 1100 Abbot Kinney Blvd. [Photo via]

I is for Intermix

The boho-luxe vibes at Brentwood Country Mart's Intermix store have supermodels like Alessandro Ambrosio hooked. Go to this beachy stop for exclusive pastel J Brand jeans, chic A.L.C. basics and timeless Missoni flats. Intermix: 225 26th Street. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]

J is for Just One Eye

What can we say about this Hollywood haunt that Vogue and Kate Hudson haven't said already? The boutique-gallery hybrid is home to epic warehouse sales and incredibly pricey items like $25K Converse kicks and $39K The Row backpacks. Just One Eye: 953 N Orange Drive. [Photo via]

K is for The Kooples

LA's first taste of this French favorite is the stuff dreams are made of. Located on Robertson with another store headed to SaMo soon, this badass boutique is packed with London-meets-Paris looks for both men and women. The accessories (bags! belts! harnesses!) are an absolutely must-see. The Kooples: 100 S Robertson Blvd.

L is for l.a. Eyeworks

A mainstay on our essential shopping list, this frames-filled emporium is favored by everyone from the CFDA to Simpsons creator Matt Groening. l.a. Eyeworks: 7386 Beverly Blvd. [Photo via]

M is for Maxfield

This is where local legends like James Goldstein go to find an unmatched selection of high-end, avant-garde pieces by Rick Owens, Saint Laurent, Dior and more. Maxfield: 8825 Melrose Ave. [Photo via]

N is for Nudie House

Making it into our seasonal denim guide for two years strong, this quaint Edinburgh shop is stacked with the Swedish label's perfectly worn-in jeans for men and women—mixed in with some tees and khakis for good measure. Nudie House: 710 N Edinburgh Ave. [Photo via]

O is for Opening Ceremony

Everyone from Kate Bosworth to Miguel to Queen Bey are high-flying fans of this too-cool concept shop. Designer finds from Kenzo, Alexander Wang and Band of Outsiders are abundant here, as are coveted pop-up shops. Opening Ceremony: 451 N La Cienega Blvd. [Photo via]

P is for Poketo

Perhaps the cutest indie store in all of the land, we love this DTLA happy place's new, creative souvenir-stocked location at Koreatown's The Line Hotel. Poketo: 3515 Wilshire Blvd. [Photo via]

Q is for The Quest

In honor of Lincoln Boulevard's new nickname, we had to give props to one of The Linc's most inspiring destinations. Founded by artist/designer Hayley Starr, the boutique doubles as a studio and event space, where everything from meditation classes to dance parties take place. The Quest: 2122 Lincoln Blvd. [Photo via]

R is for Reformation

Alexa Chung is a big fan of this sustainable shop's repurposed vintage—especially summer dresses. We dig their denim and surplus outerwear, too. Reformation: 8253 Melrose Ave. [Photo via]

S is for Satine

While shop owner Jeannie Lee has opened two additional locations on Abbot Kinney, Satine's first flagship will always hold a special place in our hearts. The merch selection is beyond cool, ranging from Acne and Isabel Marant to Nina Ricci and Sonia Rykiel. Satine: 8134 W 3rd Street. [Photo via]

T is for TenOverSix

This Melrose capsule of cool never ceases to impress us. Offering eclectic looks for both babes and babies, this space also hosts some of our city's most unique trunk shows. TenOverSix: 8425 Melrose Ave. [Photo via]

U is for Undefeated

Recently relocated to a bigger, better space across the street, this La Brea sneaker mecca is where streetwear snobs go to scoop up limited-edition kicks and show off the ones they have on. Undefeated: 111 S La Brea. [Photo via]

V is for Vamp Shoes

If you're looking for statement sandals or skyscrapers, this is your place. This petite neighborhood boutique hosts a wide selection of styles by Dolce Vita, Rachel Comey and Jeffrey Campbell. Vamp Shoes: 1951 Hillhurst Ave. [Photo via]

W is for The Well

The rarest of triple threats, this DTLA one-stop-shop is a boutique, salon and festival incubator. Shop here for edgy pieces from Minimale Animale, UNIF, AGAIN and the retailer's own in-house label. The Well: 1006 S Olive Street. [Photo via]

X is for XTC Shoes

Now located at Lush Shoes in Studio City, this is the place to score sexy, wallet-friendly steppers from brands like Kelsi Dagger, Sam Edelman and Modern Vice (pictured). XTC Shoes at Lush: 12188 Ventura Boulevard. [Photo via]

Y is for Yolk

Cheekily offering "free range design" in Silver Lake, this vibrant indie store is filled with modern Scandinavian products for home, kids, lifestyle and mom. Yolk: 1626 Silver Lake Blvd. [Photo via]

Z is for Zadig & Voltaire

A recent score for Malibu Village, this Parisian label is already a hit with local hippies like Erin Wasson. Bags, blouses and flouncy dresses fly off the racks here. Zadig & Voltaire: 3866 Cross Creek Road. [Photo via]


8825 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069 Visit Website

Opening Ceremony

451 North La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90048 Visit Website

Des Kohan

671 Cloverdale Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036 Visit Website


1100 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291 310-450-6531 Visit Website


3827 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Visit Website

Satine Boutique

8134 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048 Visit Website

Just One Eye

7000 Romaine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038 Visit Website