City Guide: Los Angeles

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Lady

Camille de Soto got her start as an assistant manager at a Trina Turk boutique, where she began consigning bits of vintage jewelry. When the items flew out of the cases, she opened her own Eagle Rock place in April 2007. Her boudoir-y space has all the trappings of a fancy boutique, but a second look at its price tags reveals that nothing costs more than $150. There are horse pendants from the '60s, along with kelly green blouses by Collective Clothing and kookily patterned dresses from Plastic Island.
4974 Eagle Rock Blvd., 323-254-6500

Lake

Wide wood-plank floors and an exposed ceiling that's lined with feed-bag-like sacks telegraph a French-farmhouse mood here. The sun-drenched front is packed with perfectly boho clothing, like Nili Lotan shirtdresses; the middle hosts a quaint apothecary; and the back room is replete with striped hand towels, oversize floor cushions, and cherry red bud vases.
2910 Rowena Ave., 323-664-6522,
lakeboutique.com

Lost & Found

Now spanning five adjacent storefronts, Jamie Rosenthal's mini empire has a wide-ranging scope, from children's toys to fancy art. Lost & Found Etcetera and Lost & Found Gallery are our favorites of the lot: The former features vignettes of hot pink Repetto ballet flats, Isabel Marant tunics, and tiny silver African trading beads. The Gallery is more restrained in its palette, showcasing everything from olive wood mixing bowls to prints of foxes.
6314-6322 Yucca St., 323-856-5872

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Mas

Half of this newcomer is devoted to men's lines with a slightly streetwear-esque aesthetic, a straightforwardness that carries over to the women's side. Search out the California-based names, like Mike & Chris leather jackets and Crispin & Basilio beaded navy T-shirt dresses.
3511 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-663-3112,
masboutique.com

Show

If you've seen a modern home accessory in an interiors magazine in the last year or so, chances are good that you'll find it at Show. This isn't an exaggeration. Everything here subscribes to a cleverly unexpected yet elegant style: There are priceless-feeling porcelain dishes cast in the shapes of disposable paper plates and teapots emblazoned with delicately figured—but inverted—birds.
1722 N. Vermont Ave., 323-644-1960,
showlifestyle.com

Some Odd Rubies

Serene and understated, the airily populated racks here are suspended from the ceiling, lending the illusion that they're floating. Find a slew of the halter dresses and blouses—sewn from one-of-a-kind fabrics—that made the threesome behind this bicoastal boutique famous, alongside bits from other talents, like L.A. native Whitley Kros' tunics in bright blue and Liz McClean's tiered maxi gowns.
8024 W 3rd St., 323-782-0191

White Trash Charms Boutique

As the name suggests, the emphasis here is on jewelry that has a slightly irreverent theme (though the shop feels uspcale). There are sliver-thin gold charms in the shapes of Scrabble tiles and old-school Nintendo consoles.
1951 Hillhurst Ave., 323-666-9585,
whitetrashcharms.com

West Hollywood

Lucky's favorite stores in Los Angeles' West Hollywood neighborhood! (Updated September 2008)

3.1 Phillip Lim

The designer behind this overwhelmingly successful collection was 31 when he first started his line in 2005; now he can boast three gorgeous stand-alone boutiques. The Los Angeles shop was the third to open (there are others in New York and Tokyo), but it's arguably the best-looking, with painted foam walls and cool slate floors. An understated elegance is the abiding theme behind the clothes too, from lace-edged camisoles to pintucked blouses. There are also pieces from the organic Go Green Go collection.
631 N. Robertson Blvd., 310-289-0888, 31philliplim.com

A.P.C.

There are only three locations of this much-loved French retailer in the States. The outpost in West Hollywood—just off bustling Melrose—feels like a general store, with cement floors and simple iron fixtures. It's an appropriate backdrop for the wildly chic, straightforward wares, which are cut in utilitarian shapes (streamlined printed smocks, perfectly draped trench coats).
619 N. Croft Ave., 323-297-0414, apc.fr
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