Shopping in Los Angeles

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    Rose Bowl Flea Market

    Every month, rain or shine, since the 1960s, the Rose Bowl football field has hosted the 'Flea Market of the Stars,' with rummaging hordes seeking the next great treasure. Over 2500 vendors and some 20,000 buyers converge here. It’s always a great time, and you can enjoy street-fair-style refreshments such as burgers, dogs, fries, sausages, sushi (this is LA), lemonade, cocktails etc. The most eager shoppers arrive for the 5am-to-7am VIP admission ($20), with other early bird tickets from 7am ($15) and 8am ($12). Note, though, that some vendors don't set up until 9am. Vendors begin dismantling their booths around 3pm. Tickets (except VIP admission) are available online with a $1 surcharge.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Silver Lake & Echo Park

    Luxe De Ville

    Mention Oskar de la Cruz to LA stylists and chances are they know (and love) Oskar and his Echo Park boutique. His sharp eye for rare, uber-stylish and impeccably maintained vintage threads and accessories is legendary, whether it's a deco-tasseled Lillie Rubin frock, a vintage ostrich coat or a 1960s mod-style hat. There's a small selection of finds for men, plus de la Cruz's own handmade jewelry creations. Not cheap, but the quality and condition beats most competitors.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in West Hollywood & Mid-City

    Fred Segal

    No LA shopping trip is complete without a stop at Fred's. Recently relocated from its long-standing Melrose Ave location, this 13,000-sq-ft warren of high-end boutiques draws celebs and beautiful people for the very latest in Cal-casual couture under one impossibly chic, slightly snooty roof. The only time you’ll see bargains (sort of) is during sales in summer and January. Parking under the building is free for two hours with store validation.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Silver Lake & Echo Park

    Mohawk General Store

    Stylish individualists hit Mohawk for edgy, progressive men's fashion and accessories, including hard-to-find fragrances from the likes of Byredo and jewelry by local designer Matthew Ready. Fashion-forward labels include Belgium's Jan Van Essche and Mohawk's own Smock. The mezzanine level is dedicated to Dries Van Noten and, unexpectedly, a small collection of vintage hi-fi equipment. The women's store lies a few doors down.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Los Feliz & Griffith Park

    Steven Alan Outpost

    The fashion cognoscenti love New York designer Steven Alan for his super-cute men's and women's threads, which fuse preppy style with unique detailing and effortless casual cool. And it's here, at his Los Feliz outpost, that you can bag his shirts, tees, trousers, dresses, skirts and bags at heavily discounted prices. The store also stocks pieces by labels such as Acne and Comme des Garçons.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Silver Lake & Echo Park

    Esqueleto

    Esqueleto showcases highly imaginative, affordable collections of fine jewelry from mostly West Coast and New York–based designers. Among them is the work of the store's Oakland-based owner, Lauren Wolf, inspired by vintage design and oceanic textures. Silver jewelry starts at around $30, with gold pieces starting from about $200. Tapestry weavings, ceramics and art are also in the mix.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in West Hollywood & Mid-City

    Reformation

    Here's classic, retro-inspired, fashionable women's wear that's eco-conscious without the granola. It does it by using pre-existing materials, which means no additional dyeing of fabrics and half the water use of other fashion brands, and with an eye toward minimizing waste from sourcing to production, sales and even recycling. Everything is made locally.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Last Bookstore in Los Angeles

    What started as a one-man storefront is now California's largest new-and-used bookstore, and a sight to behold spanning two levels of an old bank building. Eye up the cabinets of rare books before heading upstairs, home to a horror-and-crime book den, a book tunnel and a few art galleries to boot. The store also houses a terrific vinyl collection.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in South Bay Beaches

    Bo Bridges Gallery

    Bridges made his name as a surf photographer then branched into general sport, commercial and pop-art work. Check out dramatic shots of glacier surfers in Alaska, Kelly Slater barreling Pipeline, and portraits of Derek Jeter, Kobe Bryant, Bono and Shaun White. He also does fun water and landscape shots printed on aluminum for more shine.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Raggedy Threads

    A tremendous vintage Americana store just off the main Little Tokyo strip. There's plenty of beautifully ragged denim, with a notable collection of pre-1950s workwear from the US, Japan and France. You'll also find a good number of Victorian dresses, soft T-shirts and a wonderful turquoise collection at decent prices.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in South Bay Beaches

    Stars Antique Market

    If you dig old stuff, weird stuff and weird old stuff, stop by this old barn crammed with Brunswick record players and Hammond typewriters. There are vintage watches, china, glassware, signage, furniture, lanterns and chandeliers. It's a terrific browse.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in West Hollywood & Mid-City

    Mystery Pier Books

    An intimate, hidden-away courtyard shop that specializes in selling signed shooting scripts from past blockbusters, and 1st editions from Shakespeare ($2500 to $4000), Salinger ($21,000) and JK Rowling ($30,000 and up).

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Long Beach & San Pedro

    Retro Row

    Everyone from today's hipsters to Hollywood costumers comes to shop at Retro Row's dozens of vintage stores, cafes, hair salons and happening restaurants.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    Hidden Treasures

    This one-of-a-kind store pops from the Topanga Canyon roadside, thanks to skeletons and mannequins dressed like Egyptian eunuchs and Viking warriors, standing sentry among the old wagons and totem poles out front. Inside it's a sprawling vintage boutique of (mostly well-curated) sweaters and coats, sweatshirts, ponchos and wool flannels, denim jackets and leather bombers – all the retro-hippie essentials. It's stuffed with fun knickknacks too, such as antique lanterns, clocks and…is that a giant rubber octopus?

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Los Feliz & Griffith Park

    Skylight Books

    Occupying two adjoining shopfronts, this much-loved Los Feliz institution carries everything from art, architecture and fashion tomes, to LA history titles, vegan cookbooks, queer literature and critical theory. There's a solid selection of niche magazines and local zines, some great lit-themed tees and regular, engaging in-store readings and talks (with the podcasts uploaded onto the store's website).

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

    Gold Bug

    An amazing boutique with a steampunk vibe, Gold Bug shows work and collections created (or curated) by 100 area artists. We saw a robotic, metallic Cheshire cat, exquisite vintage jewelry and lamps, raw crystals and selenite, and a terrific art-book collection.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in West Hollywood & Mid-City

    Wasteland

    Large, popular and rather-polished vintage boutique with racks packed with skirts and tops, fur-collared jackets and Pendleton wool shirts.

  • Shopping in Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

    Barneys New York

    The Beverly Hills branch of New York's most fashion-forward department store delivers four floors of sharply curated collections for women and men. Expect interesting pieces from luxe Euro brands such as Givenchy and Gucci, as well as unique pieces from homegrown labels like 3.1 Philip Lim and Warm. Prices are steep, so keep an eye out for one of its end-of-season sales. Once spent, refuel at the notable 5th-floor restaurant.

  • Shopping in West Hollywood & Mid-City

    Meltdown Comics & Collectibles

    LA’s coolest comic store proudly lets its geek flag fly, with indie and mainstream comic books, from Japanese manga to graphic novels, and all the relevant pop-cool merch you can shake a lightsaber at. It also stages a changing lineup of events, from lectures to comedy to trivia; visit the Nerdmelt tab on the website for deets.

  • Shopping in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Apolis

    A tremendous, but not cheap, menswear brand that creates tailored chinos, jeans, T-shirts and blazers. Owned by two Santa Barbarian brothers, the line fits comfortably between J Crew and James Perse. It's all about fair trade, and proves it with development projects in American inner cities, Peruvian and Ugandan villages and Bangladesh. In fact, the brand is most famous for its Bangladeshi farmers market bags, the manufacturing of which directly employs over 20 women. Based in the Arts District, the brand now sells in more than 200 stores worldwide.