The 10 Best New Stores To Explore In Los Angeles

by Natalie Alcala

Although there’s definitely no shortage of cool boutiques in LA, it seems like a new one pops up every week, offering the city’s many stylish residents a wide variety of places to shop for fashion, beauty, home decor and more.

2016 alone has been graced with tons of new openings, and given that Los Angeles has become a fashion capital in its own right, many of these spots are first-ever West Coast or U.S. storefronts. In fact, it’s just been confirmed that the iconic Paris concept store L’Eclaireur is (finally) set to make its highly anticipated U.S. debut on Robertson Boulevard this month!

While we collectively freak out, here’s a roundup of LA’s 10 best new stores, ranging from celebrity essential Rachel Comey to blogger go-to Elizabeth and James to French favorite Vanessa Seward.

Courtesy of Building Block

Building Block

970 N Broadway, Unit 104, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Accessories brand Building Block recently relocated to Chinatown, and its sweet new space features a comprehensive collection of the LA label’s greatest hits. Shop Kimberly and Nancy Wu’s ultra-simplified statement bags here, and take a peek at the design studio in the back—it’s where the magic happens.

Building Block is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12pm to 7pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Courtesy of Burke Decor

Burke Decor

8248 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Although Burke Decor’s first LA outpost opened last December, it’s still considered the new kid on Beverly Boulevard’s interior design-happy block. The vibrant store is a stylish wanderer’s paradise: It offers conversation-starting home accents from brands like Ferm Living, Roost, Sunnylife, Juniper Ridge Wary Meyers, Dash & Albert, Sir/Madam, and Canvas. Inspiring decor aside, the shop also hosts fragrances by Dasein and delicate jewelry by Agapantha.

Burke Decor is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 7pm, and Tuesday from 10am to 4:30pm or by appointment. Closed Monday.

Courtesy of Cotton Citizen

Cotton Citizen

8463 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Los Angeles luxury basics brand Cotton Citizen is set to officially open its doors any day now, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the concept store and gallery space hybrid has to offer. We’re told that the shop will feature monthly color drops, where the entire store will be merchandised in one color. Very cool.

Cotton Citizen will be open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Courtesy of Elizabeth and James

Elizabeth and James

189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Elizabeth and James finally debuted its first brick-and-mortar store back in July, located at The Grove shopping center. In addition to offering the brand’s ready-to-wear, accessories and fragrance collections, the 1,200 square-foot space also hosts a selection of vintage and specialty decor items curated by designers and founders Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen.

Elizabeth and James is open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 10pm, and Sunday from 11am to 9pm.

Courtesy of General Pants Co.

The Local 132 by General Pants Co.

132 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sydney-based General Pants Co.’s first-ever stateside store finally graced LA this summer, and we love that it’s exclusively filled with Australian brands like Ksubi, Insight and Rolla’s. GPC tells us that the retail space will also host events that showcase its cultural influences, such as music, fashion and urban subcultures.

The Local 132 by General Pants Co. is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm.

Laure Joilet

Rachel Comey

8432 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Rachel Comey is in a league of her own, as she experiments with different colors, textures and silhouettes to produce collections that truly put the fun back into fashion. Angelenos were thrilled when the NY-based designer opened her first West Coast store this past June, where the artful ready-to-wear, denim, footwear and accessories are just as eye-catching as the terra cotta-colored flooring, poured concrete walls and hand-felted mural on the dressing room wall.

Rachel Comey is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm.

Lisa Romerein

Raquel Allegra

8372 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

LA designer Raquel Allegra put hand-shredded T-shirts and luxury tie-dye on the map, which is why we’re stoked that the game-changing talent now has a storefront for these signature items, and much more. Raquel worked with the genius team behind Montalba Architects to design the space, which she tells us is intentionally “deep and narrow. I love its intimate feeling. I created several chill spots with living trees, a 40 year-old agave, and inviting seating.” Bonus: The shop’s resident poodle, Bowie, greets all customers at the door.

Raquel Allegra is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Courtesy of The Shop/Platform

The Shop, Curve x Tom Dixon

8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

This summer, Curve owner Nevena Borissova teamed up with British design star Tom Dixon to introduce The Shop, a 7,000 square-foot concept space located at Culver City hot spot The Platform. In addition to offering cult-favorite brands like Acne, Balmain, Iro, MM6, Re/Done, Rodarte and SIR, this home-lifestyle-fashion haven is also the largest Tom Dixon store in the U.S.

The Shop, Curve x Tom Dixon is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Courtesy of Trouble In Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

1160 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

When two vintage-loving models team up to build their very own retro happy place, we expect nothing short of magic. Jordan Rebello and Abby Stedman present Trouble in Paradise—a quaint space in Echo Park that offers lifestyle wear, vintage clothing and home goods personally selected by this creative duo. Don’t forget to take a photo in front of the shop’s colorful storefront mural, which is the perfect Instagram moment.

Trouble in Paradise is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm to 6pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Taiyo Watanabe

Vanessa Seward

8407 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

French designer Vanessa Seward selected Los Angeles for her very first retail location in the U.S., which opened this July. Designed by French architect Laurent Deroo—the same talent behind all of Vanessa Seward's Paris shops—the 1,000 square-foot store features stunning marbled stone floors, midnight blue-lacquered display screens with solid brass details, fabric-paneled fitting rooms and a California-saluting skylight that bathes the entire space in natural light. After standing in awe of the store’s interior design, shoppers can explore the designer’s ready-to-wear, denim, accessories, shoes, custom jewelry and limited-edition "L.A. me Voilà" T-shirts.

Vanessa Seward is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday 12pm to 6pm.