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Megadevelopments and mall makeovers weren't the only things that dominated LA's retail scene — this year also saw a ton of action along our city's coolest corridors. Below, we've rounded up 2015's buzziest shopping destinations.
Where: Abbot Kinney, Venice
Why: The much-gentrified coastal corridor continues to attract international exports (like new additions Negarin and Sweaty Betty from London and Happy Socks from Sweden), rising Stateside brands (Kit & Ace, VNYL's first brick-and-mortar shop, and Industry of All Nations), and cult-favorite labels (Vince, Current/Elliott, and Freecity), making it a go-to for shoppers seeking a mix of indie and commercial retailers.
Where: Lincoln Boulevard, Venice/Santa Monica
Why: Abbot Kinney expats like Nick Fouquet flocked to this low-key stretch, presumably for its lower rents. A handful of other stylish haunts have landed on Lincoln since this spring, like model-turned designer Christy Dawn's retro dress wonderland, Flowerboy Project's cool café/concept shop, Golden State's relocated shop, and sleek Aussie label Bassike's first Stateside store; plus, streetwear-inspired designer e-boutique Lust Covet Desire is also set to join the boulevard soon.
Where: Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Why: As one high-end retail realtor noted earlier this year, a presence at the high-end street is a must for any luxury label — which is why the world's second priciest stretch commands top dollar ($800 per square foot, to be exact). Longtime tenants like Saint Laurent and Ferragamo (which both unveiled their facelifted flagships this year) alongside recent additions like Zadig & Voltaire, Dsquared, Audemars Piguet, and IWC Shaffhausen have helped revive the swanky star-frequented shopping stretch. Even better: Rodeo will also score a supersized Chanel store.
Where: Melrose Place, West Hollywood
Why: Spanning less than a quarter of a mile, this upscale fashion haven offers everything for spendy (and famous) shoppers, right down to the kitchen sink. Alreasy home to blogstar-faved coffee shop Alfred, The Row's only West Coast store, and more cult-fave designers, the low-key/high-end street recently added starlet-happy salon Nine Zero One, Australian label Zimmerman, The Line's dreamy Apartment (pictured), and swanky home hardware retailer Waterworks to its roster.
Where: The Yards at One Santa Fe, DTLA Arts District
Why: Located just a quick stroll from the buzzing nabe's East 3rd Street, this mixed-use hub brings more indie-happy shopping options. Downtown dwellers can now snap up modern menswear at Wittmore, avant-garde designer womenswear at Hue, sleek skincare at Malin + Goetz, and bohemian home goods and more at Voyager.