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LA's 38 Coolest Indie Boutiques, Spring 2015

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To help broaden your LA shopping horizons, here's a roundup of super-inspiring independent stores that feature fashion, home goods, beauty, and even botany from a kickass range of local talents.

New to the list: model-off-duty spot Anine Bing, Instagram-worthy hangout Articulum General Store, minimalist mecca Assembly Los Angeles, plant life palace Hot Cactus, style sanctuary Mixed Business, psychedelic vintage haunt The Pistol Club, and luxurious beauty boutique Violet Grey. We also replaced Clare V.'s Silver Lake flagship with its adorable new West Hollywood location.

To make way for these additions, we removed recently-shuttered favorites Flamingo Vintage and Buttons & Bows. We also ditched Douglas Fir, It's a Wrap, Left House, Possch, and Weekend Lovers this time around. If your favorite hidden gem didn't make the cut, give them a shout in the comments or hit up our tipline for future consideration.

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1. Alchemy Works

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826 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Part gallery, part retail shop and part events space, this menswear-happy concept space opened last year. Bonus for eyewear junkies: it's also home to Warby Parker's out-of-the-box showroom. [Photo: Alchemy Works]

2. BLACK MARKET

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2023 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 966-1555
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Jisook Lee describes her shop as a lifestyle boutique, and it indeed offers everything from street wear to designer wear to jewelry to decor to toys to art.

3. Brigade

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510 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 623-0013
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Situated on the bustling 7th Street corridor, Brigade is one of the true trailblazers of the DTLA shopping scene. Here you'll find an ideal mix of contemporary, high-end casual, and evening wear from brands like A.L.C., Equipment, and Saint James.

4. Broome St. General Store

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2912 Rowena Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 570-0405
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The inspiring gals behind How You Glow said it best: "It's filled with some incredible home goods, teas, coffee, beauty products, and hand-picked vintage clothes, and not to mention some mouth-watering foods like delicious sandwiches, chocolates from Valerie Confections, and jams from SQIRL. Whether it's a new hand cream, a vintage top, or a new preserve, we always leave here with something special." [Photo]

5. Creatures of Comfort

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7971 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-7855
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Every in-the-known fashion influencer knows that Creatures of Comfort's quaint Melrose shop is a holy grail for designer essentials. This is the place to find the perfect Acne Studios jacket, LD Tuttle flatform, Building Block bag, Karen Walker shades, and a whole lots more.

6. deKor

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2145 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 375-7627
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An LA home goods essential, Swedish interior designer Isabelle Dahlin's love for travel, art, style, and cultures inform her Echo Park shop's stock of midcentury modern furniture, colorful glazed pottery, textiles, and more, all chosen for the home that's "sophisticated and cosmopolitan, yet whimsically accessible and fun." [Photo]

7. Des Kohan

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671 S Cloverdale Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-0200
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We love the clean and minimalist interior of juice-loving owner Desiree's designer-approved shop, which carries items from Helmut Lang, Jenni Kayne, Azzedine Alaïa and many more. [Photo]

8. Dream Collective

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1404 Micheltorena Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 660-2000
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Opened since 2012, the boutique showcases owner Kathryn Bentley's two jewelry lines including her fine gems and her Dream Collective costume line. For quality, handmade pieces, this Silver Lake shop is worth swinging by.

9. Garde

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7418 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 424-4667
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This home furnishings and personal accessories haven is filled with items from stateside and global design stars. Merch highlights include Amy Moss jewelry, Tom Dixon candles, and Max Lamb Crockery. [Photo]

10. Guild

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1335 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 396-8300
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Avant-garde style is alive and well here, thanks to an impeccable inventory for men and women that includes Acne Studios, Rick Owens Drkshdw, and Haider Ackermann.

11. Hotel de Ville Vintage Eyewear

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7422 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 634-9911
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Equipped with two locations (the other is on Beverly), this glossy favorite offers collectible vintage glasses, contemporary European imports, and custom styles.

12. Lake

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1618 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 664-6522
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This Elle-approved boutique is littered with Isabel Marant, Clare Vivier and Rag & Bone.

13. Madison

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8745 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 273-9900
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This city-wide chain epitomizes California cool, with a wide variety of designers and merch from YSL shoes and jewelry to Elizabeth and James dresses and blouses to tees from Helmut Lang, Nation LTD, Three Dots and more. We're highlighting the Melrose location because of its sweet little bargain shopping annex where you can find crazy deals like shoes by YSL and Chloe for under $200.

14. Maxfield

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8825 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 274-8800
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Maxfield is frequented by tastemakers and big spenders alike (James Goldstein and the Olsen twins are regulars). Shop a new and vintage selection of goods from Chanel, Rick Owens, and Saint Laurent, plus plenty of intimidatingly-expensive Balmain. It's also home to the only Apple Watch shop-in-shop in the country. No big deal.

15. Modern Nature

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2395 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 407-6046
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Comfort is key at this Silver Lake menswear must. In addition to offering super-soft T-shirts and nylon athletic trunks with convenient pockets, the shop also carries THVM denim and Malin + Goetz skincare. [Photo]

16. Mohawk General Store

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4011 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 669-1601
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Wallets by Comme de Garcons, threads by A.P.C., and shoes by Rachel Comey are just a few reasons why this Silver Lake stop continually makes "best of LA" shopping lists. (Stop by its neighboring, Dries Van Noten-approved shop Mohawk Man while you're at it.)

17. MRKT

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3814 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 953-5134
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As menswear blogger Tommy Lei explains, "What makes MRKT so special is owner Steve Villal's unique eye for the street-sophisticated menswear labels that are hard to find anywhere else." 'Nuff said. [Photo]

18. Myrtle

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2213 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 413-0004
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The concept of this pink-walled boutique is simple: stock pretty clothes and accessories from lesser-known female designers. Shopkeep Whitney Bickers favors lines like Dusen Dusen, Clashist, Charlotte Stone, and Samantha Pleet. There's also a rack of carefully-edited vintage.

19. New Stone Age

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8407 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 658-5969
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A perfect collection of interesting and quirky gifts, accessories, and home goods as unique as they are adorable. Careful though, you might find more than a few things you don't need but really, really want.

20. Ooga Booga

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943 N Broadway, Ste 203
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-1105
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Part art shop, part bookshop, part clothing boutique, this teensy second floor Chinatown store is stocked with unique ephemera, 'zines, jewelry, and clothing for men and women.

21. Poketo

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820 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 537-0751
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Tucked away in DTLA's Arts District, Poketo is the go-to destination for a variety of unique gifts. The husband-and-wife owned store features limited-edition vinyl artist wallets, adorable stationery, and crazy-enchanting accessories. (Don't forget to stop by their travel-inspired outpost at The Line Hotel in Koreatown, too.)

22. Polkadots & Moonbeams

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8361 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-1746
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With two sisters (the vintage shop is at 8381 West 3rd Street and the modern shop moved to 8361 West 3rd Street), Polkadots & Moonbeams has a pension for bright and funky clothing fit for LA's most creative dressers.

23. Posers

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7419 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 653-4393
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If you're looking for badass British footwear, apparel, and accessories, beeline here. Abundant options include styles by Fred Perry, Ben Sherman, and the always-cool Dr Martens.

24. Roseark

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1111 N. Crescent Heights Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 822-3600
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Roseark offers an incredible selection of unique, edgy, and extravagant gems including pieces from Jessica Winzelberg, Jennifer Meyer, Karma El Khalil, and their own Kathy Rose. The massive showroom features a fine art gallery in addition to precious jewelry.

25. Satine Boutique

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8134 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-2142
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Satine is a celeb stylist go-to. Known for offering wearable, cutting-edge fashion (they were one of the first to support Alexander Wang), this shop's current roster includes Isabel Marant, Kenzo, and Vanessa Bruno. (Be sure to check out both of Satine's Venice locations, too.)

26. Scout

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8021 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Relocated to Melrose back in 2013, this shop features impeccably selected vintage and an edgy house line of destroyed tees and cropped sweatshirts. Don't miss the jewelry selection, which includes architectural finds and chunky handmade necklaces.

27. South Willard

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8038 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 653-6153
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This is where some of the most impeccably-dressed guys we know shop. A friendly, accessible atmosphere; a staff of supremely knowledgeable and patient fashionistos; and a stellar selection that includes Band of Outsiders.

28. TENOVERSIX

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8425 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 330-9355
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Playful and fashion-forward clothes, shoes, and accessories in a setting that's as artful and well-designed as the wares themselves. Brands include 3.1 Phillip Lim, Karen Walker, and Rachel Comey.

29. The Well

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1006 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 550-4448
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One of the most unique concepts around, this cool shop is also a hair and nail salon and an event space. In addition to carrying local favorites like Skingraft and Minimale Animale, we hear that the store has moved in a more contemporary direction and is now stocking a range of cult-favorite international brands, including DRKSHDW Rick Owens, Linda Farrow Gallery, and Vivienne Westwood.

30. Yolk

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1626 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 660-4315
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The totally adorable Yolk is owned by a Scandinavian transplant who curates a colorful collection of gifts and tchkokes. With a tagline of “Free Range Design,” the tiny space is bursting with interesting international finds.

31. Anine Bing

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8130 w 3rd st
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 424 3165
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Danish model-turned-designer Anine Bing opened her LA flagship boutique last August, offering exquisite basics beloved by blogstars and star-stars alike. We're huge fans of Bing's super-thin tees, dainty bralettes, and badass booties.

32. Articulum General Store

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645 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(323) 428-8913
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As we mentioned back in January, this DTLA must-stop is a total visual feast. In addition to hosting an inspiring, Instagram-worthy interior, the shop offers tons of unique, locally-made kitchen wares, household items, jewelry, kid's toys, illustrations, stationary, and more from a variety of indie talents. [Photo]

33. Assembly Los Angeles

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7977 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
+32 3 746 50 90
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Assembly's LA-raised designer and CEO used to own fellow Indie 38-er Scout. Now that the minimalist-cool retailer has made permanent fans out of the Olsens and Erin Wasson in New York, CFDA-approved Assembly has opened its second location here, offering sleek women's and men's apparel, as well as fine jewelry, select vintage, and accessories from a roster of emerging indie and international brands, including its in-house line. [Photo: Assembly]

34. Clare V. West Hollywood

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619 N Croft Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90048
+32 3 592 31 15
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Although we're forever fans of LA accessories designer Clare Vivier's Silver Lake flagship, this new location is too charming for its own good. Located in A.P.C.'s former off-Melrose space, the Parisian-perfect shop hosts all of Clare V.'s best-selling accessories (monogrammable clutches, bags, tech covers, tiny leather goods), mixed in with some of the designer's favorite things, like books, vintage magazines, jewelry, and botany. [Photo]

35. Mixed Business

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1820 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(714) 402-3314
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If you haven't had a chance to catch Mixed Business at the Rose Bowl Flea, hit up its cool-girl-frequented permanent store in Silver Lake. Here you'll find high-quality creations from the in-house line, as well as a hand-picked selection of fine vintage clothing and contemporary brands for women, men, and kids. There's also dainty jewelry, perfect slide sandals, and a smart mix of home items. [Photo]

36. The Pistol Club

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1629 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
Keeping Abbot Kinney's indie street cred alive is vintage pop-up shop The Pistol Club, which quit its wayfaring ways to take over milliner Nick Fouquet's former space this April. The boutique stocks rad shopkeep Shelly Glascock's selection of throwback treasures fit for Stevie Nicks-worshipping disco babes, as well as cool leather jackets decked out with designs by local female artists.

37. Hot Cactus

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1505 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 947-3009
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This quaint space specializes in rare and bizarre varieties of cacti that are all hand-picked by owner Carlos Morera from unique farms near the border of Mexico and California. Explore over 150 cacti in all sizes, shapes, colors, and textures, with prices ranging from an easy $25 for a cute desk plant to about $800 for a serious show-stopper. [Photo]

38. Violet Grey

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8452 Melrose Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 782-9700
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One of our favorite places to luxuriate on Melrose Place, Violet Grey offers a carefully curated collection of products plucked directly from the kits of Hollywood's leading makeup and nail artists. No wonder LA-based It girls like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Rumi Neely are superfans. [Photo]

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1. Alchemy Works

826 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Part gallery, part retail shop and part events space, this menswear-happy concept space opened last year. Bonus for eyewear junkies: it's also home to Warby Parker's out-of-the-box showroom. [Photo: Alchemy Works]
826 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

2. BLACK MARKET

2023 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Jisook Lee describes her shop as a lifestyle boutique, and it indeed offers everything from street wear to designer wear to jewelry to decor to toys to art.
2023 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

3. Brigade

510 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Situated on the bustling 7th Street corridor, Brigade is one of the true trailblazers of the DTLA shopping scene. Here you'll find an ideal mix of contemporary, high-end casual, and evening wear from brands like A.L.C., Equipment, and Saint James.
510 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

4. Broome St. General Store

2912 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039
The inspiring gals behind How You Glow said it best: "It's filled with some incredible home goods, teas, coffee, beauty products, and hand-picked vintage clothes, and not to mention some mouth-watering foods like delicious sandwiches, chocolates from Valerie Confections, and jams from SQIRL. Whether it's a new hand cream, a vintage top, or a new preserve, we always leave here with something special." [Photo]
2912 Rowena Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039

5. Creatures of Comfort

7971 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Every in-the-known fashion influencer knows that Creatures of Comfort's quaint Melrose shop is a holy grail for designer essentials. This is the place to find the perfect Acne Studios jacket, LD Tuttle flatform, Building Block bag, Karen Walker shades, and a whole lots more.
7971 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

6. deKor

2145 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
An LA home goods essential, Swedish interior designer Isabelle Dahlin's love for travel, art, style, and cultures inform her Echo Park shop's stock of midcentury modern furniture, colorful glazed pottery, textiles, and more, all chosen for the home that's "sophisticated and cosmopolitan, yet whimsically accessible and fun." [Photo]
2145 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

7. Des Kohan

671 S Cloverdale Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
We love the clean and minimalist interior of juice-loving owner Desiree's designer-approved shop, which carries items from Helmut Lang, Jenni Kayne, Azzedine Alaïa and many more. [Photo]
671 S Cloverdale Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. Dream Collective

1404 Micheltorena Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026