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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.
Photo: Platform Experiment
Cali-raised designer Rachel Pally began practicing her sewing skills back in her college days. What started out as a hobby soon turned into an eponymous brand filled with incredibly flattering jersey basics that appeal to every breed of cool girls. The juice-obsessed babe was clearly on to something. We dig her style, so we knew we'd love her retail picks. Here, Pally fills us in on her fave new shopping spot in Highland Park.
I just love Platform Experiment in Highland Park. It's a tiny gallery/shop with a rotating roster of local artisans and makers. Every time I have gone in to buy a gift, I have left with something for myself as well. The shop is so beautifully curated and it changes all the time. [Think everything] from ethnic jewelry to pottery to textiles to housewares. I bought my mom an amazing necklace from a socially conscious brand called Raven and Lily and I bought the most gorgeous wall hanging for over my bed from an artist named Meghan Shimek. I love being able to shop at small stores and support local artists.