Hey Guys! So I am known for my intense shopping habits. I am an absolute slave to sample sales and thrift/vintage stores. So of course being in LA, I found all the best boutiques. And of course I am not about to leave my Closet Freaks hanging! So here are five of the MANY amazing boutiques here in the always sunny Los Angeles.
"No matter how many years you’ve lived in L.A., it’s a well-known fact that even the most prolific of Angelenos need a shopping road map from time to time. And there’s no shame in it — this city’s got plenty of terrain to cover, and that’s something to be proud of. From the depths of Venice to the alleys of downtown's Arts District, it can be a daunting task keeping up with the comings, goings, and general bad-assery of the myriad boutiques staking claim in this great metropolis."
This NYC transplant finally opened an outpost on the West Coast this year and bells rang out for shoe lovers all over L.A. Boasting a cult-like following for good reason, shoe fetishists flock to this Third Street spot to put their best foot forward in Amberleigh’s killer flats, wedges, and booties — all in the designer’s signature bold and colorful aesthetic.
Kathryn Amberleigh, 8130 West Third Street (at South Kilkea Drive); 323-272-3682.
This highly selective vintage store is a Hollywood legend, offering an impeccably well-preserved selection of vintage goods from the '30s through modern day, including an enviable array of Hermès bags, red carpet glamour gowns, and color-coordinated designer ready-to-wear.
Decades, 8214 Melrose Avenue (at North Harper Avenue); 323-655-1960.
A Chinatown original, Ooga Booga’s been making a fashionable, arty name in the Eastside for years. Head up the unassuming stairs and through the doorway to find an eclectic offering of books, music, jewels, and men’s and women’s apparel from all your favorite indie designers. While petite, you’ll want to stay a while — there’s a lot to take in, and the selection is top-notch.
Ooga Booga, 943 North Broadway Street #203 (near Lincoln Boulevard); 213-617-1105.
This chi-chi West Hollywood boudoir is decked out with a fireplace, flickering candles, a lush garden, and a spectacular selection of lingerie, gold-plated handcuffs, and silk blindfolds. Just try not to fall in love with the shop's eponymous in-house line, or the label's stand-out Ingenue Bow Thong — which makes you the present, the best gift of all.
Kiki De Montparnasse, 8481 Melrose Place (near North La Cienega Boulevard); 323-951-9545.
This bi-coastal outpost vends a lot of black, much of it reinvented vintage, and all of it one-of-a-kind. Look for featured sustainable collabs by VEDA x Reformation, Lindsey Thornburg for Reformation, and Spring & Clifton for Reformation.
The Reformation, 8253 Melrose Avenue (at North Harper Avenue); 323-852-0005.