L.A.'s Top 54 Shop - Los Angeles magazine

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  • Apolis

    Some brands like to flaunt their do-gooder cred, but Apolis has been quietly living up to its name (it's Greek for “global citizen”) by producing elegant menswear... Read more


    • Downtown
  • Bar Keeper

    If Don draper and Walter White opened a store, you'd expect it to stock the same break-resistant... Read more

    • Silver Lake
  • Beckley

    Along with her own line, Beckley by Melissa, Melissa Akkaway carries brands that are about to hit—such as Australia's buzzy Camilla and Marc—and off-the-runway... Read more

    • West Hollywood
  • Bucks & Does

    The men's and women's store is a study in casual wear that's high-end without trying too hard... Read more

    • Silver Lake
  • Camille

    Sharing an open wall with Rue de Mimo and Marz, Camille offers retro-inspired cocktail dresses, shoes, and shrugs from small European labels...Read more

    • South Pasadena
  • Curio

    Free-spirited style mavens seek out this boutique for clothing inspired by desert sunrises, city sunsets, and the all-seeing eye...Read more

    • Downtown
  • Elyse Walker

    The retail pioneer opened her shop in 1999 so that locals would have an alternative to schlepping to Beverly Hills...Read more

    • Pacific Palisades
  • Freehandr

    Since 1980, Carol Sauvion has specialized in carrying American handcrafted designs. She was a potter herself, so ceramics are well represented... Read more

    • Beverly Grove
  • French Lessons

    The allure starts with the Montana Avenue locale—the backyard of arguably the Westside's prettiest neighborhood... Read more

    • Santa Monica
  • General Store

    Indigo Jewelry from Cave Collective, handmade leather moccasins by Beatrice Valenzuela, tie-dyed scarves, blankets, children's clothing from Lookout & Wonderland... Read more

    • Venice
  • Gratus

    The low-key boutique has a decidedly un-90210 vibe, with its complimentary soft drinks and baked goods, not to mention an in-house stylist... Read more

    • Beverly Hills
  • Gregory's

    Celebrity stylists come to score crystal-covered fringe booties for Lady Gaga or red leather platforms for Kelly Clarkson... Read more

    • West Hollywood
  • Guerilla Atelier

    Some of the city's most exclusive couture is available here: Melissa McClure gold jewelry and the women's and menswear lines Annelore, Vénus et Judes, Finamore, and La Vera... Read more

    • Downtown
  • Hammer and Spear

    Need a goat's hoof walking stick wrapped in boa skin? An authentic Navajo rug? Wild Mountain sage bitters? Read more

    • Downtown
  • Heist

    The popular spot has busted out of its wee space to take over the art gallery next door and encompass an entire street corner... Read more

    • Venice
  • Heyoka Hideout

    Daisy Mae Duke would have hit this tiny cottage for Levi's cutoffs and lace-trimmed Coors tank tops if she shopped Topanga... Read more

    • Topanga
  • House of Honey

    Tamara Kaye-Honey's recently expanded shop is a showcase for her interior design business, where she creates vignettes with contemporary and vintage furniture and accessories...Read more

    • South Pasadena
  • Individual Medley

    The masculine joint marches to an army-navy-surplus beat: utility-grade, fashion-forward denim, button-down shirts, knit cardigans... Read more

    • Atwater Village
  • Jenette Bras

    Here the alphabet starts at the letter D (and goes all the way up to K), so the amply endowed can achieve their bosom's most pleasing equilibrium... Read more

    • Hollywood
  • Just One Eye

    Look for the valet outside Howard Hughes's former headquarters, where the guard will escort you into a tony, clandestine complex that's equal parts boutique and art gallery... Read more

    • Hollywood
  • Karen's Toys

    An old-fashioned merry-go-round graces this family destination, which carries hundreds of craft and activity kits, such as Best Friend Pet Bowls... Read more

    • Encino
  • Lake

    Everything about Melissa Lovoy's boutique recalls Paris, from the Isabel Marant wool coats and silk tops to the Moroccan leather ottomans... Read more

    • Silver Lake
  • Marz

    Fun, diverse, and a bit saucy, this gift emporium will make you look good to friends and family... Read more

    • South Pasadena
  • Mindfulnest

    L.A.-based artists account for most of the gifts and trinkets carried at this corner store. Diane Jackson and Amanda Vernon set up shop here in 2009... Read more

    • Burbank
  • Mohawk General Store

    The Eastside favorite has expanded beyond its two Silver Lake boutiques with a tidy outpost in Pasadena... Read more

    • Pasadena
  • Myrtle

    Indie female designers rule here, and they're represented by hand-loomed selvage jeans from Raleigh Denim Workshop and hammered horseshoe pendants... Read more

    • Echo Park
  • Oceanic Arts

    For more than 50 years the tiki artisans at Oceanic Arts have been creating restaurant and theme park decor... Read more

    • Whittier
  • Pergolina

    Paulanna Cuccinello's compact spot is chockablock with creative notions for last-minute gifts... Read more

    • Toluca Lake
  • Room at the Beach

    No place has a stronger connection to the Pacific, from the linens with jellyfish embroidery to the starfish-encrusted dinnerware to the glasses engraved with hovering seabirds... Read more

    • Malibu
  • Rue de Mimo

    Born in Beirut, Paulette Ledyard and her sister, Mimo Boghossian, stock their shop with clothes that can work in the office, at a TED talk, or for a night out... Read more

    • South Pasadena
  • Sequin

    Followers of Sara on Montana Avenue got the word out once the shop moved to a busy stretch of Pico Boulevard... Read more

    • West Los Angeles
  • Shelter Half

    Davide Berruto advocates an outdoorsy, responsible lifestyle. His line of furniture is upholstered in recycled WWII army tents, and almost everything is American made... Read more

    • Mid-City
  • Single Stone

    An eclectic ensemble of established and emerging designers sets this jewelry store apart... Read more

    • San Marino
  • Spitfire Girl

    Gifts abound for him (novelty USB sticks, Lomo cameras, flasks), her (Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” journals, essential oil candles, tarot card plates)... Read more

    • Los Feliz
  • Stacey Todd

    Staying focused at this oasis of chic is no small task. The heather wool and cashmere Enza Costa sweater draws the eye... Read more

    • Studio City
  • Sway

    Its practice of blending contemporary local labels (Toms, Brian Lichtenberg) with edgy European brands (Diesel, Desigual) makes Sway one of the more current shops in Belmont Shore... Read more

    • Long Beach
  • Sy Devore

    Sales associates at this men's emporium—think briefs to ties—might spend hours with a customer... Read more


    • Studio City
  • The Frame Store Ltd.

    Known for its rare and antique prints from Besler and Merian, the store has a large following of collectors who come to browse the finest of everything... Read more

    • San Marino
  • The Library Store

    Located in the Central Library, the shop is dedicated to all things literary, with a whimsical twist... Read more

    • Downtown
  • Weekend Lovers

    Civic pride fuels this “for LA, by LA” boutique that features local talent, from knitwear whiz Anita Arze to geodesic planter designer Kelly Lamb... Read more

    • Mid-City
  • Wright's

    A visionary and high-end alternative to the Free People chain across the street, this store excels at California insouciance...Read more

    • Manhattan Beach