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Densely packed with rows of furniture showrooms and antique dealers, La Brea Avenue has long been a haven for decorators, set designers and Angelenos on the hunt for rare oddities to outfit their abodes. As of late, the stretch of sidewalk between 1st and 2nd streets, better known as District La Brea, has sprouted a fresh crop of retailers: An only-in-LA mix of vintage, modern and artisan makes this a mecca for sartorially in-tune locals and tourists alike. KATE WOLFSON surveys the best of La Brea Avenue's eclectic boutiques—all made shoppable from anywhere, online.

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    American Rag Cie

    150 South La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA

    310.935.3154

    Taking up the better half of South La Brea Avenue, American Rag, along with its blue-jean-centric extension World Denim Bar (with styles from 20+ brands on offer), has been Los Angeles' harbinger of cool for over two decades. Hailed for its downright dizzying assortment of vintage and of-the-moment finds for both men and women (think A.P.C. knits, Rag & Bone dresses and Loeffler Randall shoes), a shopping excursion can easily turn into an all–day affair, so don't be afraid to ask the friendly staffers for help traversing the
    selling floor.
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    American Rag Cie

    150 South La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA
    310.935.3154

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    Maison Midi

    148 South La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA

    310.935.3154

    Conveniently situated next door to its too-cool-for-school big sister American Rag, this home-goods emporium is a treasure trove of Mediterranean-tinged wares. Once you're done filling your basket with rainbow-hued French pottery, crisp linens and plush throw pillows, take a breather at the on-site bistro. The rich menu is a welcome reprieve after a day of boutique-hopping. Local's Tip: The outdoor veranda makes for some of the best people-watching in L.A. SHOP MAISON MIDI ›

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    Maison Midi

    148 South La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA
    310.935.3154

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    Garrett Leight

    165 South La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA

    310.392.2100

    It should come as no surprise that this cutting-edge optical shop is the brainchild and namesake of bona fide eyewear royalty, Garrett Leight (his parents are Oliver Peoples' founders, Larry and Cindy Leight). Paying as much attention to quality craftsmanship as he does to classic design, the sleek displays are stocked with a choice assortment of Garrett's own line of retro-chic, pleasantly logo-free shades. You'll also find loads of mint condition vintage specs, in addition to exclusive partnerships with such taste-makers as Mark McNairy and Thierry Lasry. SHOP GARRET LEIGHT ›

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    Garrett Leight

    165 South La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA
    310.392.2100

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    General Quarters

    153 S. La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA

    323.937.5391

    To nail the vintage Americana aesthetic of his meticulously curated menswear shop, owner Blair Lucio sourced fixtures and furniture from salvage yards and flea markets—down to the gallery wall of retro film stills and snapshots of his grandparents. The laid-back vibe, plus the full functioning 50's-style barbershop in the back, make this a spot where guys are willing to spend hours sifting through racks of local heritage brands like Gant Rugger and Rogue Territory. Not to be missed: The in-house line of made-in-California shirting, and tees emblazoned with graphics designed by the proprietor himself. SHOP GENERAL QUARTERS ›

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    General Quarters

    153 S. La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA
    323.937.5391

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    Steven Alan

    123 S. La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA

    323.792.2271

    The newest addition to the Steven Alan L.A. family, the La Brea shop—one of the more spacious of the bunch—attracts a discerning clientele with its thoughtfully-edited selection of wares for both guys and gals. Signature printed shirting, Rag & Bone knits and ACNE denim make for some truly complementary rack mates, supplemented by Claire Vivier leather goods, Postalco stationery and delicate Maya Brenner initial necklaces—the shop is everything we love about Steven Alan's cool sensibility, and more. SHOP STEVEN ALAN ›

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    Steven Alan

    123 S. La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA
    323.792.2271

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    Undefeated

    112.5 S. La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA

    323.937.6077

    Occupying just a sliver of retail space, Undefeated's claim to fame is its covetable array of impossible-to-find collaborations and limited edition kicks, which have sneaker-heads turning out to the original La Brea outpost in droves. Wall-to-wall shelves are brimming with fan favorites from the likes of Converse, Adidas and Nike—including a pared-down assortment of "Tier 0" editions exclusive to Undefeated in L.A. The newly introduced assortment of in-house designed tees, sweats and hats is a notable addition to the ever-growing assortment of street-wear. SHOP UNDEFEATED ›

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    Undefeated

    112.5 S. La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA
    323.937.6077

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    A + R

    171 S. La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA

    800.913.0071x3

    Design-minded west-siders have been frequenting the Venice outpost of this home décor gem since its inception in 2005. This airy, barn-like space—twice the size of the original location—is quite literally packed to the rafters with modern furniture, worldly tabletop essentials, unique gadgetry and color-happy chandeliers suspended from exposed beams. Blanketing every conceivable surface, you'll find all manner of giftables ranging from neon-hued Kaleido Trays, to Henriette Melchiorsen's rubber vases. And though nothing compares to an in-person visit, the A+R online setup is a close—and equally awe-inspiring—second. SHOP A + R ›

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    A + R

    171 S. La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA
    800.913.0071x3

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    Unis

    138 S. La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA

    323.424.4425

    Catering to guys with a penchant for low-maintenance, quality basics (no logo-ridden, over-embellished frippery here), designer Eunice Lee has carved out a loyal customer base on both coasts. Boasting a chiefly neutral color palette and fabrics hailing from Italy and Japan, the refreshingly understated collection of Made in the USA chinos, slim-fit shirts and super-functional outerwear has all the makings of a perfect, ready-for-anything wardrobe. SHOP UNIS ›

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    Unis

    138 S. La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA
    323.424.4425

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    Shelter Half

    161 S. La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA

    323.936.0225

    A word to the wise: Attempting to cover the entire expanse of this mini-mall-esque space without getting sidetracked by museum-worthy art, or stack of surfboards is a near-impossible feat. The temporary concept store is spearheaded by Environment Furniture's Davide Berruto and Camilla Trigano, whose appreciation of conscious commerce and American-made products prompted them to corral an impressive roster of apparel, home goods and furniture brands like Commune Design, Save Khaki and Olmay Home, under one roof. SHOP SHELTER HALF ›

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    Shelter Half

    161 S. La Brea Ave.,
    Los Angeles, CA
    323.936.0225

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