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Owner Esther's friends used to proclaim, 'Golly, Esther!' after seeing her personal collection of vintage duds. So she opened a store and named it accordingly. Here you will find fun, quirky vintage women's clothing, and accessories that include vintage lingerie, suits from the 40s, wrap dresses from the 60s, and embroidered sweaters from the 50s. Designers like Tom Ford of Gucci, stop in to get inspirations for their own lines. Prices can be high, but the stuff is worth every penny for it's rarity and quality.
The Way We Wore is a treasure house of modern vintage fashions curated by Doris Raymond, who founded the original Way We Wore store in San Francisco in the early 1980s. The store has a local and international reputation for the quality and variety of its 20th-century vintage fashion wear, including haute couture, sportswear, evening wear, museum quality pieces, and originals and replicas of designer gowns. Raymond runs a resource design library next door, available for a visit by appointment only.
This parking lot at the corner of 1st and La Brea is the funkier, more as-is outlet for this store. Nick Metropolis-The King Of Collectable Furniture also sells the novelty furniture designs of the moment, one week it's inflatable sofas, the next who knows. Expect to find 20th-century furniture and oddities that are waiting for you to transform them into something magical for your home.
This vintage-clothing store is the favorite choice of hip men and women. Wasteland features used Levi 501s, vintage ties, leather jackets, formal gowns, '40s dresses, '50s bowling shirts and a lot of funky clothing from the '70s; plenty of polyester, bellbottoms and big collars. The shop also stocks new, modern clothing for those who prefer their clothing unworn. Whichever you prefer, you will enjoy your shopping experience here.
Located within Fairfax High School, the Melrose Trading Post is no less than a Sunday shopping tradition, with its fantastic local community treasures and eclectic handcrafted goodies. This open-air market consists of tent after tent of vintage handicrafts, jewelry, unique knick knacks, colorful apparel and re-purposed furniture, among other things. The strains of folksy live bands keep you entertained while you meander along the market, and there are plenty of street food stands as well where you can stop and refuel.
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.