Staffed with some of the nicest people in town, this eight-year-old minimalist venue has always been a staunch supporter of local artists and designers. Beyond the house line Issho, which consists of perfectly draped dresses and sweaters, the shop stocks a handful of pieces you won't find anywhere else.
From Los Angeles' West Hollywood neighborhood store listings, updated September 2008.
Lucky's favorite stores in Los Angeles' Beverly Boulevard neighborhood! (Updated September 2008)
Most of this cavernous former car showroom hosts the mix of clothing for which American Rag became famous more than two decades ago (plum vintage alongside established labels like Helmut Lang). Its housewares wing, Maison Midi, brims with Provençal-inspired glasses and pillows, while a 2006 addition, the World Denim Bar, offers a hugely expansive array of jean lines. From the 50 Best Boutiques in Los Angeles.
The slightly younger and more affordable companion to Barneys is also more boutique-like: Expect a supremely well-curated array of picks from labels like Daryl K and Alexander Wang. The Grove location is the largest and edgiest of the three area Co-ops. From the 50 Best Boutiques in Los Angeles.
Despite the fact that it's a chain, this extremely well-conceived beauty resource fits right in on independent-boutique-laden Third Street, which makes this location our favorite, even though the Santa Monica spot is bigger. From Los Angeles' Beverly Boulevard neighborhood store listing, updated September 2008.
Calleen Cordero's line is handmade in North Hollywood, which explains the bohemian feel of her accessories, all fittingly displayed in this simple and earthy shop. The soles of her shoes are made from elder wood, and the tops are crafted from vegetable-tanned leather, though there are touches of high-wattage glamour, like wedges in glimmery metallics. From Los Angeles' Beverly Boulevard neighborhood store listing, updated September 2008.
Flight 001 was one of the first companies to take on travel accessories in a uniquely modern and stylish way, as evidenced by its stores, which are usually set up to resemble the interiors of planes. There are a slew of innovative and fun products: travel Scrabble games and preassembled toiletry kits in TSA-approved sizes, plus tons of luggage, like Orla Kiely suitcases and expandable totes. From Los Angeles' Beverly Boulevard neighborhood store listing, updated September 2008.
It's a bit of a toss-up when it comes to picking our favorite Los Angeles H&M (there are now three). The Beverly Center store is the largest, at 20,000 square feet, but the one in Pasadena is quieter, and the racks are accordingly less picked-over—all the better for snatching up pieces from this constantly on-trend retailer. From Los Angeles' Beverly Boulevard neighborhood store listing, updated September 2008.
With a grandmother who founded Montreal's Fraid's department store and a father who created Le Tigre, Hillary Rush has retail in her blood. A former advertising director for Gap, Rush opened her hugely popular shop in 2005, mixing old-schoolers like Il Bisonte and K. Jacques with fresh-to-the-market endeavors like Daryl K's line Kerrigan. From Los Angeles' Beverly Boulevard neighborhood store listing, updated September 2008.
Helene Ige designed not only many of the items for sale at this quietly low-key duplex but also the shop itself. It's filled with little displays of gorgeous pieces: her own mobiles styled after Victorian birdcages, eensy spiders blown from blackened glass, and beaded scarves from Megan Park. From Los Angeles' Beverly Boulevard neighborhood store listing, updated September 2008.