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The ever-revolving door of retail means that even some good shops must come to an end. (Hey, someone's gotta make way for all of those spectacular debuts.) Although two LA icons dropped the news that they'd be tightening their belts (American Apparel) or calling it quits altogether (R.I.P. Kitson), we won't have to part ways with them 'til 2016.
Below, we've rounded up the shops we were most bummed to see depart from our retail scene this year. Feel free to share your top shopping tales from these dunzo stores or any other sad shutterings that didn't make the cut.
Where: Buttons & Bows, Flamingo Vintage, and Curio (Historic Core, Downtown)
Why: Admittedly, we're cheating a bit with this one — but this major blow to DTLA's Historic Core deserves a separate mention. The ShopWalk stretch bade adieu to a handful of essential boutiques, like designer consignment fave Buttons & Bows and technicolor wonderland Flamingo Vintage, among others.
Where: Beckley (8128 W. 3rd St., Beverly Grove)
Why: Since first landing on Melrose Avenue in 2008 (it later moved to W. 3rd Street in 2012), the designer boutique consistently scored spots on our essential lists thanks to shopkeep Melissa Akkaway's keen eye for cult-fave labels. She told us in January that she wanted "to put 100% of my time and energy into building my brand in a strategic way," which meant shuttering our beloved Beckley to focus on her clothing label of the same name.
Where: J Brand Factory Outlet (1225 E. Washington Blvd.)
Why: Deal-hunting denim devotees lost a bargain-happy haven when J Brand closed its factory store this summer, but it did treat jeanswear junkies to one last blowout before it closed for good.