Where to Find K-Town’s Hippest Boutiques

These indie gems hide in the shadow of Western Avenue’s looming malls

Malls like the Galleria and Koreatown Plaza are bustling fixtures for families and first dates. But hidden just off Western Avenue near those hulking structures is a handful of independent boutiques aimed at the shoppers who made the Fairfax District a style destination. The unisex clothing store CNVS (3807 W. 6th St.) is a limited-edition sneaker lair, while the Collective Skate Shop (3921 W. 6th St.) sells custom-painted skateboards and de rigueur snapback hats in a venue that almost feels like an art gallery. In the lobby of the Line hotel is Poketo (3515 Wilshire Blvd.), a scaled-down version of the eclectic DTLA clothing, housewares, and gift shop. Pick up a cloth “Korea-town” tote as a reminder to explore some more.