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Los Angeles can be a hard city to figure out. That's because it's not really one city, it's many cities grafted together. Traffic and a serious lack of public transportation doesn't exactly help the cause, either. So when you visit, you need to have a game plan, a map and lots of recommendations from the locals.

Residents would argue that LA has the best vintage shopping in the U.S., and it's hard to argue with them. There are flea markets every weekend and shops dedicated to everything from deadstock eyewear to original Levi's and Wrangers.

The city is also a luxury shoppers' paradise, home to famous retail stretches like Melrose Place and Rodeo Drive. And although LA is a sprawling metropolis, it's also somewhat suburban. Virtually every chain store, a ton of unplundered Targets, and Nordstrom Racks and many (many) malls lie within its borders. To help you navigate, Racked LA editor Leslie Price has selected twelve must-stop shops, from cool indies to iconic haunts to a warehouse full of pristine vintage dresses—all after the jump.


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Aviator Nation

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Founded by Paige Mycoskie (sister of Blake, the dude behind TOMS), this is the place to snag those super-casual sweats and tees you didn't think to pack. It's also just one stop on a LA's most strollable stretch, Abbot Kinney—a street that also includes high-end designer emporium Heist and heritage men's denim shop Stronghold. If you're thirsty, drop by Local 1205 to snag a juice or nut milk. If you're brave, you can also venture out to the Venice boardwalk to see the sights.

Isabel Marant

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Isabel just opened this beautiful, airy boutique a few months ago and it's a must-stop for any Marant-aphile. It's also just the place to kick off a luxury spree on tree-shaded Melrose Place, which also has an ODLR shop, a Chloé and a Marc Jacobs. Fellow newbie (and neighbor) Alfred Coffee is a great place to rest your legs and get a caffeine fix. Note: Marant is closed Sundays and Mondays.

Fred Segal

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With its iconic ivy-covered exterior, Fred Segal's mini-mall on Melrose is an LA institution. Park your rental next to the Benzes in the lot and check out their extensive and expensive selection of tees, denim, shoes, bags, cosmetics and more for men and women. There's also a super-sceney cafe on site.

Wasteland

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Whether you're looking for last-season Marc Jacobs, vintage dresses, cut-off jean shorts or the perfect leather jacket, Wasteland is the perfect spot for LA recycling at it's chicest. It's like a less-expensive, less-snobby, more-crammed Ina. The kids at the counter perusing the used goods are picky and we wouldn't have it any other way: they ensure that a walk through the racks yields steals and surprises.

New Stone Age

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In search of gifts? New Stone Age is the right place to head. They have jewelry, they have books, they have housewares—everything is a bit quirky and collected with a careful eye. Close by is a very good travel book store, and across the street is always-packed neighborhood lunch spot Joan's On Third for a bottle of wine, a pastry, a coffee or a full meal.

Satine Boutique

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Satine has long been the secret of celeb stylists: the gorgeous, airy space is something of a fashion incubator, being one of the first stores to really get behind Alexander Wang. They do wearable, feminine avant garde probably better than anybody. Their current lineup includes a well-edited selection of Lanvin, Margiela, Rick Owens, Yigal Azrouel, Tom Ford and Rachel Comey. Next-door neighbor Beckley is also a must-stop.

Erewhon Natural Foods Market

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We think it's safe to say that there is nothing like this (yet) in New York. One of the most luxe health food shops around, Erewhon is the place where LA starlets, rich housewives and various crunchy sorts that don't appear to have day jobs go for their herbal tonics, elixirs, juices and smoothies. They also have prepared foods and a full grocery.

The Grove

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You're in LA, it's time to go to the mall. The Grove is an outdoor shopping center that manages to at once be a little cheesy (there's a pond with a fountain that "dances" every hour and a trolley car runs through the complex), a little comforting (its one of the safest places to walk and gawk in the city and was built to resemble a small town Main Street) and a little Hollywood (the tabloid show Extra is taped here M-F from 9am to 2pm). There's also a Topshop, a Nordstrom, a Barneys and a Cheesecake Factory (seriously); sitting adjacent is the Farmers Market, a food-focused collection of shops and eateries where you can snag good Mexican food, artisanal pastries, fine French fare and more.
Design nuts will freak out over A+R, which is like a more airy version of NYC's The Future Perfect. It's filled with an incredible assortment of modern furnishings, kitchenware and other goodies and located on an up-and-coming shopping strip, La Brea, which is also home to denim emporium American Rag, cool men's shop General Quarters, concept space Shelter Half, sneaker spot Undefeated and more. Grab lunch at nearby Sycamore Kitchen, which boasts a pleasant outdoor patio and seriously amazing pastries.

Mohawk General Store

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If you're headed east to Silver Lake (LA's Williamsburg), make time for Mohawk General Store. The reason this boutique shows up on so many "best of LA" lists is its impeccable curation of men's and women's fashion, home goods, accessories, shoes, furniture, magazines and more. It's also a stone's throw from Silver Lake retail and food hub Sunset Junction, which offers a great cup of coffee (Intelligentsia) and more browsing.

Shareen Vintage

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Dropped amongst warehouses just northeast of Downtown LA's gritty center, Shareen's original West Coast outpost is a behemoth compared to her Chelsea shop. The women's-only zone is filled with racks and racks of fairly affordable vintage dresses from all eras. Prepare to disrobe publicly (the reason for the men-not-allowed rule) and to try on tons of stuff. Since the sheer scale of the place can be overwhelming, staffers are trained to help pull looks for clients.

Rose Bowl Flea Market

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If you've timed your visit right, this massive flea market held on the second Sunday of every month is worth the drive to Pasadena. It features more than 2,500 vintage and antiques vendors who set up outside the Rose Bowl stadium for thousands of shoppers. Everything and anything is available: art, housewares, clothes, accessories and odds and ends of all sorts. Bring cash and water, dress for sunshine and prepare to dig.

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Aviator Nation

Founded by Paige Mycoskie (sister of Blake, the dude behind TOMS), this is the place to snag those super-casual sweats and tees you didn't think to pack. It's also just one stop on a LA's most strollable stretch, Abbot Kinney—a street that also includes high-end designer emporium Heist and heritage men's denim shop Stronghold. If you're thirsty, drop by Local 1205 to snag a juice or nut milk. If you're brave, you can also venture out to the Venice boardwalk to see the sights.

Isabel Marant

Isabel just opened this beautiful, airy boutique a few months ago and it's a must-stop for any Marant-aphile. It's also just the place to kick off a luxury spree on tree-shaded Melrose Place, which also has an ODLR shop, a Chloé and a Marc Jacobs. Fellow newbie (and neighbor) Alfred Coffee is a great place to rest your legs and get a caffeine fix. Note: Marant is closed Sundays and Mondays.

Fred Segal

With its iconic ivy-covered exterior, Fred Segal's mini-mall on Melrose is an LA institution. Park your rental next to the Benzes in the lot and check out their extensive and expensive selection of tees, denim, shoes, bags, cosmetics and more for men and women. There's also a super-sceney cafe on site.

Wasteland

Whether you're looking for last-season Marc Jacobs, vintage dresses, cut-off jean shorts or the perfect leather jacket, Wasteland is the perfect spot for LA recycling at it's chicest. It's like a less-expensive, less-snobby, more-crammed Ina. The kids at the counter perusing the used goods are picky and we wouldn't have it any other way: they ensure that a walk through the racks yields steals and surprises.

New Stone Age

In search of gifts? New Stone Age is the right place to head. They have jewelry, they have books, they have housewares—everything is a bit quirky and collected with a careful eye. Close by is a very good travel book store, and across the street is always-packed neighborhood lunch spot Joan's On Third for a bottle of wine, a pastry, a coffee or a full meal.

Satine Boutique

Satine has long been the secret of celeb stylists: the gorgeous, airy space is something of a fashion incubator, being one of the first stores to really get behind Alexander Wang. They do wearable, feminine avant garde probably better than anybody. Their current lineup includes a well-edited selection of Lanvin, Margiela, Rick Owens, Yigal Azrouel, Tom Ford and Rachel Comey. Next-door neighbor Beckley is also a must-stop.

Erewhon Natural Foods Market

We think it's safe to say that there is nothing like this (yet) in New York. One of the most luxe health food shops around, Erewhon is the place where LA starlets, rich housewives and various crunchy sorts that don't appear to have day jobs go for their herbal tonics, elixirs, juices and smoothies. They also have prepared foods and a full grocery.

The Grove

You're in LA, it's time to go to the mall. The Grove is an outdoor shopping center that manages to at once be a little cheesy (there's a pond with a fountain that "dances" every hour and a trolley car runs through the complex), a little comforting (its one of the safest places to walk and gawk in the city and was built to resemble a small town Main Street) and a little Hollywood (the tabloid show Extra is taped here M-F from 9am to 2pm). There's also a Topshop, a Nordstrom, a Barneys and a Cheesecake Factory (seriously); sitting adjacent is the Farmers Market, a food-focused collection of shops and eateries where you can snag good Mexican food, artisanal pastries, fine French fare and more.

A+R

Design nuts will freak out over A+R, which is like a more airy version of NYC's The Future Perfect. It's filled with an incredible assortment of modern furnishings, kitchenware and other goodies and located on an up-and-coming shopping strip, La Brea, which is also home to denim emporium American Rag, cool men's shop General Quarters, concept space Shelter Half, sneaker spot Undefeated and more. Grab lunch at nearby Sycamore Kitchen, which boasts a pleasant outdoor patio and seriously amazing pastries.

Mohawk General Store

If you're headed east to Silver Lake (LA's Williamsburg), make time for Mohawk General Store. The reason this boutique shows up on so many "best of LA" lists is its impeccable curation of men's and women's fashion, home goods, accessories, shoes, furniture, magazines and more. It's also a stone's throw from Silver Lake retail and food hub Sunset Junction, which offers a great cup of coffee (Intelligentsia) and more browsing.

Shareen Vintage

Dropped amongst warehouses just northeast of Downtown LA's gritty center, Shareen's original West Coast outpost is a behemoth compared to her Chelsea shop. The women's-only zone is filled with racks and racks of fairly affordable vintage dresses from all eras. Prepare to disrobe publicly (the reason for the men-not-allowed rule) and to try on tons of stuff. Since the sheer scale of the place can be overwhelming, staffers are trained to help pull looks for clients.

Rose Bowl Flea Market

If you've timed your visit right, this massive flea market held on the second Sunday of every month is worth the drive to Pasadena. It features more than 2,500 vintage and antiques vendors who set up outside the Rose Bowl stadium for thousands of shoppers. Everything and anything is available: art, housewares, clothes, accessories and odds and ends of all sorts. Bring cash and water, dress for sunshine and prepare to dig.