Rent out showstoppers by Marchesa, Marc Bouwer, and Badgley Mischka at this white-walled couture shop in Lakeview.
Pilsen's new vintage spot will draw you in with one-of-a-kind finds from Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Halston, and Gucci—at less than half the retail price.
Ungaro, YSL, Gucci, and Valentino make up the couture vintage dress mix at this little Gold Coast shop.
The bags on this luxe handbag consignment site start at 50 percent off retail, and based on age, condition, and demand, prices may go lower. New arrivals from Balenciaga, Chanel, and Goyard come in weekly; if a bag sticks around for 90 days, the price drops 30 percent.
Sierra Leone–born, Paris-bred Zainab Sumu's just-opened boutique (7021 Melrose Ave., 323-930-8951, www.zainabonline.com) features a globally sourced array of inventive designers hard to find elsewhere in the city: Vena Cava, Ohne Titel, and Duro Olowu. Check out her go-to L.A. spots.
Designer Nadia Tarr (of the famed, wear-it-a-million-ways Butter by Nadia dress) decided to open a shop in Carroll Gardens when her insatiable flea marketing got out of hand and she needed a repository for all the treasures she had mined over the years. It's easy to tell that she loves everything in the store, from pristine '50s Mexican dresses to blue enamel Victorian lockets. Her clothing line is also here, plus every conceivable kind of retro-packaged candy.
The fact that it's open only a few days a week and so far down Grand Street you'll feel like you're about to walk into the water shouldn't deter: This mini-outlet, housed in a gorgeous former bank, is packed with last-season merchandise from the much-loved French brand.
All the overstock from this popular Brooklyn-based chain—loved for its low-key tops and sweatshirts—winds up on the racks here.
It's not particularly well organized, which can make for an extremely frustrating shopping experience, but it's always worth stopping by. You'll find apparel and plenty of shoes and bags from heavy-hitter labels like Chanel, Dior, Prada, and Lanvin—culled from top stores like Henri Bendel and Bergdorf's—all 50 to 75 percent off.
Offering a department-store's depth of everything from Marc Jacobs heels to Ports 1961 dresses, it's best to shop here early in the morning when the racks are still organized.