La Brea

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Home/Art/Fash Big and busy strip, but avoid Sun when stores close. Start at the Bono­bos guideshop / 101 S La Brea (1st & 2nd Sts) / 323 954 6800 / bono­bos.com / a C.21st shop­ping ser­vice for dap­per dudes. Exit right and cross to #111 Un­de­feated / 323 937 6077 / undftd.com / for rare, lim­ited-edi­tion kicks. Nip into #123 Steven Alan / 323 938 1542 / with casj m/w closet essentials, and pause at baked goods heaven #143 Sy­camore

Kitchen (see Lunch) for a tasty thigh-buster. Con­tinue to #159 What Goes Around Comes Around / 323 933 0250 / what­goe­saround­nyc.com / with a rock n’ roll se­lec­tion of lux­ury vin­tage, denim and mil­i­tary rags; and #161 Aether / 323 746 5147 / aether­ap­parel.com / of­fer­ing in­trepid out­er­wear com­pletely un­suited for LA. Up­grade your shades at #165 Gar­rett Leight / 323 931 4018 / gar­ret­tleight. com / then get lost in ul­tra-hip #171 A+R / 800 913 0071 / aplusr­store.com / house­ware haven. Re­fill your meter, then cross at W 2nd for mod min­i­mal men’s den I Love Ugly at #170 / 323 857 7072 / iloveugly.co.uk / and side­step into the Merry

Karnowsky Gallery / mk­gallery.com / in the same bldg. Dive next door to LA sta­ple Amer­i­can Rag at #150 / 323 935 3154 / am­rag.com / for both retro and on-the-pulse ap­parel, plus glam la­bel jeanie World Denim Bar. Drier than Paris in prison? Sip un café at the ad­ja­cent Café Midi / #148 / 323 939 9860 / also peep­ing Fran­cophile home­ware at Mai­son Midi / 323 935 3157 / mai­son-midi.com / then Plan­ta­tion is at #144 / 323 932 0511 / plan­ta­tion­de­sign.com / for cus­tom furny. Recharge your chakras at #124 Lib­er­a­tion Yoga / 323 964 5222 / lib­er­a­tionyoga.com / and hit nos­tal­gic op­ti­cal em­po­rium Jacks

Eyewear at #120 / 323 933 9800. Cross­ing W 1st, the street be­comes N La Brea, with the unique #145 Sonos Stu­dios / sonos-stu­dio.com / ‘acous­tic gallery’. Cross for yet more denim – this time Ja­panese re­pro – at #144 jean queen Self

Edge (see Adv. Shop.), and #162 Fat Chance / 323 930 1960 / fatchance­mod­ern.com / for mod home­ware. Grab the car and cruise past W 3rd for Liz’s An­tique Hard­ware at #453 (see Ad­vanced Shop­ping), and on to mega Di­a­mond Foam & Fabric (see Ad­vanced Shop­ping) at #611 for a quick nest-feather. Now mo­tor down S La Brea, swing a right onto Wil­shire Blvd and take the sec­ond right for Des Ko­han at 671 S Cloverdale Ave / 323 857 0200 / desko­han.com / a re­fined, well-edited cache for cool chicks; of­fi­cial proof that LA has more than Juicy suits and flip-flops. Re­trace left onto Wil­shire, and back onto S La Brea to #351 Vi­enna Woods / 323 954 9595 / closed Sat-Sun / vi­en­na­wood­sla.com / for hand­carved Euro n’ Bieder-meier re­pro. Phew! La Brea Bak­ery is at #468 / 323 939 6813 / labre­abak­ery.com / for a pas­try break. Last push, Pam. At #360 Silk Trad­ing Co. / 323 954 9280 / silk­trad­ing. com / has piles of ace in­te­rior fab­rics; The Way We Wore at #334 (see Stand­out Stores) is an im­mac­u­late yes­ter­year stash, plus by appt only li­brary/ar­chive for de­sign­ers and stylists. Fire on north past Mel­rose to Ro­maine, then hang a right and gird your wal­let for Just One Eye at #7000 (see Stand­out Stores), spe­cial­is­ing in art-meets-fash one-offs. Done! Scoot back to La Brea, right on Mel­rose, and re­ward your­self at vir­tu­ous, macro-bi­otic devo­tee #7119 M Café

de Chaya / 323 525 0588 / mcafedechaya.com / on the right. Like OMG, you are so to­tally, to­tally amaz­ing. Now breathe.

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