by TaradeLis - 339 Reviews - 18 List
"Shopping in L.A., shopping in L.A., everybody shops in L.A." Our slightly twisted Missing Persons ode that's oh so true. Yes, some top Los Angeles stores are straight out of the tabloids (hello, Kitson), while others are more deeply ingrained into well-to-do la-la land (Fred Segal, anyone?) and still others cater to the inner-college-music-geek (duh, Amoeba). (Photo courtesy of Malibu Country Mart)
Updated: April 23, 2012
Angelenos love this music mecca so much they seem to have forgotten it isn't even homegrown. The Bay Area import has managed to cross Cali's north/south cultural divide. You'll find an almost encyclopedic collection of original vinyl and CDs, tons of memorabilia for collectors and free live in-store performances by up-and-coming and established acts.
You don't get more L.A. than a shop culled from movie and TV show wardrobe departments. Whether you're looking for a simple dress or men's dress pants, everything in this original It's a Wrap location comes from Hollywood sets. Thrifty shoppers should look no further than the sidewalk discount racks, and couture seekers can make a beeline for the label-heavy upstairs area.
More like an outdoor stretch of stores interspersed with neighborhood cafes, the Malibu Country Mart defies the definition of a traditional "mall." Covering both sides of Cross Creek Road, shops like 7 For All Mankind, Planet Blue and MAC Cosmetics are all staples.
Originally opened in 1960 as a jeans store, Fred Segal has expanded to carry a diverse array of men's, women's and children's clothing. Even if you've been before, it's worth a revisit--the ever-changing selections keep pace with the times.
For those obsessed with young fashion trends and celebrity exploits, this kitschy Robertson boutique should be stop No. 1 on the must-do L.A. shopping list. Though it's no longer the flavor-of-month, it is still the kind of place hipsters' younger sisters like to shop, meaning that it'll be pure heaven for those seeking an "L.A. look."