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8214 1/2 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood , California
Tel: 323 655 0223

This fabulous vintage couture shop has supplied red-carpet gowns for the likes of Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Sheryl Crow. The designers represented here are the best of the best: Yves Saint Laurent, Emilio Pucci, Andre Courreges. Downstairs is Decadestwo (323-655-1960;, where designer ready-to-wear—including Prada, Marni, and John Galliano—runs just over half retail price.

Closed Sundays.

Fred Segal
8100 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood , California
Tel: 323 651 3698

This infamous shop—it's as well-known for its celebrity sightings as it is for its exclusive merchandise—is like a collection of different boutiques under one roof. You can shelter-shop, check out the latest handbags and shoes, and buy men's, women's, and children's clothing—and know that you're getting only the coolest and most luxurious brands. It's one of the best best-edited stores in the United States. There's a second Fred Segal shop in Santa Monica (500 Broadway; 310-458-1160).

Giant Robot

What started out as a little zine is now a store that sells anime comics and toys for grown-ups; art and design books from Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami, and director Wong Kar-Wai; graphic-emblazoned totes; and other odds and ends for in-the-know nerds. When the flagship started spilling over with merchandise a couple of years ago, the owners opened the more minimalist GR2 across the street, providing a gallery space for local and Japanese artists, with a heavy dose of comic book illustrations and Eastern-influenced Pop art. The Giant Robot brand has also exploded into the food world with the nearby restaurant GR/Eats, a quirky pan-ethnic café that serves up seared tuna salad, angus burgers, and paella.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 11:30 am to 8 pm, Sundays noon to 6 pm.

353 S. La Brea
West Hollywood , California
Tel: 323 965 9666

Former Women's Wear Daily editor Michelle Dalton Tyree owns this shop, and she's decorated it just like a Parisian atelier (there are even reproduction Louis XVI chairs). She carries, naturally, women's high-end clothing, by designers like Zac Posen, Behnaz Sarafpour, and Oscar de la Renta. There's also an array of pastel-colored cashmere sweaters from Lutz & Patmos, and hats by Stephen Jones (he made the bridal piece worn by Dita Von Teese when she married Marilyn Manson).

Closed Mondays except by appointment.

It's a Wrap! Production Wardrobe Sales
1164 S. Robertson Boulevard
Los Angeles , California
Tel: 310 246 9727

Clothes worn on television and film shoots are available here. One day this place will have nothing of any earthly interest; the next, there will be a designer suit (perhaps worn once on Guiding Light or As the World Turns) at a fraction of the retail price. It helps to be a small size, since these clothes were fitted for flab-free actors.

James Perse
8914 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood , California
Tel: 310 276 7277

The son of Maxfield owner Tommy Perse, James is famous for his high-style, supersoft t-shirts for men, women, and kids. The minimalist-chic shop also carries leggings, slouchy track pants, and sexy jersey dresses and skirts. There's a second store in Malibu (3835 Cross Creek Rd.; 310-456-0354).

8460 Melrose Place
West Hollywood , California
Tel: 323 782 1100

The fresh, simple, and stylish womenswear here has all been designed by Consuelo Castiglioni—the talented offspring of a family of Italian fur manufacturers. He tends to use a neutral palette of black, white, gray, and earth tones, punched up by bursts of bright scarlet red or lemon yellow. The shapes he chooses—swingy A-line coats and jackets, high-waisted mod- and kimono-style dresses—can be worn by women of all ages.

Noodle Stories
8323 W. Third Street
West Hollywood , California
Tel: 323 651 1782

This small, austere-looking boutique (on an excellent shopping block) has a great collection of innovative clothing for both sexes. Some of the designers featured are Yohji Yamamoto, Martin Margiela, and Commes des Garçons. There are also shoes and bags.

Planet Blue
Planet Blue

Located in Malibu's quaint Country Mart, Planet Blue is considered a must stop for well-to-do beach bunnies and just about all of young Hollywood. From yacht-friendly flip-flops and casual designer threads (Ella Moss, Diane von Furstenberg, and Velvet) to the latest denim brands, this place is a trusted purveyor of laidback luxury. Don't miss the beauty emporium next door, where shelves are stocked with every high-end line imaginable—from Mario Badescu skincare to Cor's famous silver soaps—plus a few cool boutique brands you can't find anywhere else. For those who don't feel like trekking all the way out to the flagship in Malibu, there are now Blue outposts in Santa Monica, Venice, and Beverly Hills.

Rose Bowl Flea Market
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena , California
Tel: 323 560 7469

On the second Sunday of each month, this market, with more than 2,000 exhibitors, draws antique- and collectible-hunters from all over the state—there's everything here from Art Deco furniture to Partridge Family lunchboxes. The market opens officially to the public at 9 am, but dealers pay extra to go as early as 6 am, and so can you.

1138 1/2 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Los Angeles , California
Tel: 310 452 1154

This superminimalist boutique, named for the essential element, has a carefully chosen selection of women's clothing from cutting-edge European designers. There are drapey cottons by Hache, tailored separates from Sofie d'Hoore, and elaborately designed skirts and blouses from Ainos.

8117 W. Third Street
West Hollywood , California
Tel: 323 655 2142

This shop began life as a shoe store, and it still stocks high-end women's footwear (including a line by the owners, Jeannie Lee and Sophia Banks). But the collection of funky rooms is now crammed with racks of women's clothing and accessories, too—and they've become a favorite hunting ground for celebs like Kirsten Dunst. The merch changes all the time, but might include sailor dresses by Catherine Holstein, lace and jersey cocktail dresses by Vanessa Bruno, and Earnest Sewn cigarette jeans.

7920 W. Third Street
West Hollywood , California
Tel: 323 658 8684

There's a small collection of menswear at this sleek modern store, but the primary focus is on women's clothing (both new and carefully chosen vintage) and an accompanying selection of shoes, jewelry, and handbags. Co-owners Greg Armas and Joey Grana are almost always on site, and are known for providing head-to-toe styling for celebs; they've dressed Mischa Barton and the Olsen twins for special events. For us regular humans, they also carry jeans from Acne and casual wear from Jeremy Scott, Society for Rational Dress, and Grana's own private label, Scout Collection.

Strange Invisible Perfumes
1138 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice , California
Tel: 310 314 1555

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer's stepdaughter Alexandra Balahoutis creates fancy, all-natural scents at this craftsman bungalow-turned-perfume-boutique in Venice. There are 17 fragrances, with romantic names like Prima Ballerina and Fair Verona, but you can also sign up for private consultations and have her blend a pricey custom fragrance.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 am to 7 pm.

Trina Turk
8008 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles , California
Tel: 323 651 1382

Local design darling Trina Turk has transformed this 3,000-square-foot space into a swirly girly showroom for her modern take on vintage clothing. Unlike many of the body-skimming, deconstructed looks filling L.A.'s trendy boutiques these days, Turk's pieces (swingy peacoats, graphic print tops, and Jackie O.–inspired cocktail dresses) are actually designed to accommodate a few curves. And you'll love the attentive sales staff.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 11 am to 7 pm, Sundays noon to 6 pm.

112.5 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles , California
Tel: 323 937 6077

Undefeated is the definitive place where sneaker freakers camp out for hard-to-find kicks. From their own label collaborations with designers like Vans, Adidas, and Nike, to a $2,000 pair of gator-skin Air Force 1's, the store offers something for everyone, though the selection for guys is still much broader than for the girls. Some say the service comes with more attitude than they'd like, but it's a small price to pay for a rare pair of vintage Air Jordan's.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 11 am to 7 pm, Sundays noon to 6 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.