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Renowned for her whimsical fashion, Raquel Allegra is a designer par excellence for those who have an eclectic or a bit offbeat fashion sense. Her flagship boutique done up in concrete and exposed wood is a reflection of the designer's style. Tie-dyed tees, cashmere, dresses and jumpsuits that are deep in texture and make their own individual statement are showcased in this high-end store.
The Fashion District sprawls over 90 blocks of downtown Los Angeles, and is just the place to be if you are looking for bargains or wholesale material. This section of the city is absolutely crammed with stores selling designer clothing, shoes, accessories, textiles and even flowers at unbeatable rates. Other bric-a-brac on display includes toys, lingerie, CDs, prom gowns and kids wear. Over 1,000 such retailers show off their wares at a flea market, which always dons a festive appearance. Weekends are particularly busy, with great discounts of up to 30 percent. Hours of operation and credit cards may vary by store.
Jauntily hip and attractively artsy, this conglomerate of stores and eateries - a mini-mall of sorts, if you wish - is a worthy addition to the Hollywood lifestyle and entertainment scene. Among other outlets, you will find featured here an Urban Outfitters, a superb Hennessey-Ingalls bookstore, an Umami Burger and a few exhibition spaces, all clustered ingenuously around a cozy inner courtyard, where outdoor band performances, free screenings and other such events are held on a regular basis. A third Sunday of the month is a particularly fetching time to pay Space15Twenty a visit, as that is when a bustling flea market takes place, an event immensely popular and invariably crowded with determined bargain shoppers. Putting a few extra bold strokes onto the canvas of local arts and culture, Space15Twenty offers an array of shopping and activities throughout the year.
The Grove is a LA institute in itself. Bustling with high end branded shopping stores, numerous popular restaurants, a movie theater with 14 screens and some of the best events in the city, Grove is on everyone's itinerary. Their events calendar features some glamorous soirees, which are attended by the who's who of the city. Shop for top brands, such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic and lots more. There are also shops that specialize in children's wear. Once you're done with shopping, grab a quick bite at one of the cafes or check out the latest flick. The Grove has something for everyone.
This shop has often been called the best vintage clothing store in Los Angeles. It sells men's and women's designer vintage threads from the 60s and 70s, by designers such as Halston, Pucci, Pierre Cardin, Louis Vuitton, Stephen Sprouse, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Chanel, and Diane von Furstenberg. The store's mantra is 'vintage clothing that looks modern,' and that's exactly what you will find at this fun shop.
For those who are looking for a taste of Beverly Hills shopping, but actually have limits on their credit cards, Robertson Boulevard Shopping District is worth checking out with a variety of stores, like Agnes B. and Ghost found here. At Robertson Boulevard Shopping District, you will not be disappointed, as you can eat, drink and shop like the stars on L.A's celebrity-frequented streets. Some shops are a little easy on the wallet while others are not so.
Tasteful, modern surroundings house this dressy designer and fine clothing store. Both men and women find the most fashionable business suits or evening wear for the parties, premieres and awards ceremonies that are as much work as play. You will find items by such top names in the design world as Gucci, Jean-Paul Gautier and Commes des Garcons. Rumor has it that past clients include both Nancy Reagan and Geena Davis; however, many of the high-profile customers usually place their requests by phone. A limited amount of furniture is also sold here, and fine vases are occasionally available as well.
The beautiful gold signature fasteners on the handbags at this store draw many women who like to make fashion statements. Others drop in to buy a pair of the extremely comfortable Celine loafers, preferred by many over those made by rival Gucci and others. Prices are high so make sure you tuck your wallet into your purse or front pocket before driving over to this store.
It isn't exaggerating to say that Rodeo Drive contains some of the most expensive real estate on the planet. Remember Julia Roberts' shopping spree in Pretty Woman? Rodeo Drive is where she went. The place boasts of a great mixture of clothing, restaurants, unique shops and celebrity spotting. Be warned, however, some of the stores are so exclusive, shopping is by appointment only.
Saks Fifth Avenue is a first-class store and has been a part of the Beverly Hills scene since 1938. The shop sells high-end merchandise for those who are looking to spend more in order to get the best. The largest store in Beverly Hills, it still offers terrific service and personal assistance for those who need a little extra care. The store carries most top designers' lines and has an extensive shoe selection. Along with Neiman Marcus and Barneys, this is one of the best department stores in Los Angeles.
Located on the bustling Lincoln Boulevard, this upscale boutique offers some avant-garde exquisite finds. Mona Moore is at the precipice of cutting edge fashion, from stunning runway styles to gorgeous silhouettes, and classic designs you'll be sure to find something worth your admiration. Concisely curated, the shop features delicate golden Chanel bands, Marsell booties, and Maiyet satchels.
Montana Avenue Shopping District is, without a doubt, one of Santa Monica's best-kept secrets. When most people talk about Santa Monica shopping, they immediately think of the loud and raucous Pier or the bustling Third Street Promenade. This stretch (believe it or not) offers an upscale shopping alternative with a distinct neighborhood feel. The array of small boutiques selling clothing is punctuated by charming antique stores, cozy cafes, herbal goods outlets, salons, spas, eateries, florists and a few familiar franchises.