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Beverly Boulevard


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American Rag

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.
150 S. La Brea Ave., 323-935-3154

Barneys Co-op

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.
189 The Grove Dr., 323-761-5255

Benefit

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.
8387 W. Third St., 323-944-0600; 1210A Montana Ave., 310-458-6800, benefitcosmetics.com

Calleen Cordero

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.
7384 Beverly Blvd., 323-934-5541

Flight 001

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.
8235 W. Third St., 323-966-0001, flight001.com

H&M

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.
8500 Beverly Blvd., 310-855-1009; 60 W. Colorado Blvd., 626-793-8974; 8580 Sunset Blvd., 310-855-9683

Hillary Rush

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.
8222 W. Third St., 323-852-0088

Ige

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.
7382 Beverly Blvd., 323-939-2788, igedesign.com

Inago

Though it resembles nothing more than a wood-walled yoga studio, Inago in fact exists to answer the call of partygoers across the city by stocking pretty much nothing but dresses—hundreds and hundreds of them. There are versions from an expansive list of labels: patterned wrap numbers from Issa, silk halters from Mara Hoffman, and jewel-studded caftans from Binetti. Most are tagged at $200 or less.
8364 W. Third St., 323-653-1888

J.Crew

The sale racks at the Grove's J.Crew are always loaded with the items you would have happily paid full price for—perhaps because they have the widest selection of the entire deeply covetable collection here.
189 The Grove Dr., 323-939-1070, jcrew.com
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