The sprawling metropolis that is Los Angeles offers a wide variety of shopping destinations. There are the luxury brands on the bucolic Melrose Place, the quirky hipster offerings of Silver Lake and Echo Park, the flashy international fashion houses on Rodeo Drive and the bohemian beachside boutiques of Malibu and Venice. Downtown LA’s burgeoning scene provides another layer to the city’s sartorial onion, with a range of gallery-retail hybrids and vintage shops. We ventured to the up-and-coming neighborhood to seek out the best and brightest retail destinations. Here are three of our favorites.
Photographs by Andrew Stiles
Location: 826 E. 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
Founders: Lindsay and Raan Parton
What It Is: A gallery, retail and event space featuring thoughtful rotating in-store pop-ups and up-and-coming international designers.
Go Here For: One-of-a-kind home accents, beach-inspired ready-to-wear and an extensive Warby Parker shop.
Don't Leave Without: A piece from one of their limited-edition collaborations.
Location: 216 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Founded By: Rana Shoar
What It Is: A super-affordable, quirky vintage gem amidst downtown's fabric stalls.
Go Here For: Perfect vintage denim (they will tailor on-site), '90s printed dresses and overalls, platform sandals and unique add-ons.
Don't Leave Without: A suede jacket.
Location: 761 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Founded By: Jennifer Althouse
What It Is: A lofty space with expertly curated, off-the-moment staples.
Go Here For: Abstract prints, sleek accessories and sharply modern pieces with a minimalist bent.
Don't Leave Without: A unique cocktail dress.