In the last few weeks, I've been emailed a few times re. places to visit in LA on a weekend trip here. Here are some of shopping spots I'd recommend. I'll cover dining and night-out spots some other time. Designer gear: 1. Traffic, Beverly Center (corner of 3rd Street and La Cienaga) One of my favorite places. They carry lots of harder to find European designers, including Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith suits, John Richmond as well as good selections of Dolce & Gabbana and Costume National. Great indie labels and a reasonable jeans selection, including Frankie B Men. 2. Barney's New York, Wilshire Blvd. The best of the big department stores. You may as well visit all the shops in that area while you're there. Everyone knows this area, so I won't elaborate except. I would skip Prada and Gucci, though. Surprisingly, Barney's and Maxfield have better selections than do the same name stores. All the stores in the area have terrific sales twice annually and clear everything out. Which leads to the conclusion that no matter how rich you are, a bargain is a relative bargain. (Let's face it folks, buying Gucci boots or Armani suits is never, ever a sound financial proposition.) 3. Maxfield on Melrose - super-rarified atmosphere, more adventurous buyers than usual in a store it's size. Great editing of Gucci, Prada, Burberry, and large collections of Raf Simons, Margiela, Comme des Garcons, Yamamoto. Good selection of Dior and better than average selection of Giorgio Armani Black label. 4. Maxfield Bleu, S. Robertson - a much friendlier, cheaper (it's the sales outlet.) version of Maxfield. Even the color scheme and layout is in contrast to the main store (very bright and a little cramped full of finds). Since it's summer here until January, you probably want the summer lines anyway. (Who needs a shearling coat in August anyway.) 5. Fred Segal - Ron Herman, - super expensive casual wear. Good place for ideas even if you don't feel like dropping a grand or so for beachwear. Jeans and Casual wear: 6. Politix, Beverly Center. Lost of labels, including Pd&C, Adriano Goldschmidt, Energie, Diesel, Andrew Mackenzie, and Hippie. 7. KBOND - famous L.A. place 8. American Rag - also nice, but a little overexposed these days. 9. RagTime Denim Doctors, 3rd St. - super cool (but expensive - jeans run at about $160) reconstructed jeans. 10. Lisa Kline Men - the type of place most guys would be comfortable in. Jeans and vintage vibe casual gear. Sort of like a rather expensive, designery take on what you wore in college. Lots of variations on sweatshirts and plaid shirts. 11. Fred Segal - Jeans Bar - Great Jeans. But you're going to have to shell out designer plus prices for their denim. Accessories and Eyewear: 12. la Eyeworks: super hip, and you'll get the full selection not available elsewhere. You'll look like a movie star. Most people are attracted to the face, and eyeglasses do more for your look than a closetful of Versace, Helmut Lang, or Kiton, whichever may take your fancy. For the fogeys, young and old, out there: 13: Vestiti, Wilshire: Kiton, Borelli, etc... They are a "gentlemen's clothier". They even have the severe looking old dudes in suits, the oak everywhere, the cubbyholes, etc... 14. Scott Hill, S. Robertson - More of the same. 15. Scott and Co., Sunset. Extensive collection of suits and casual duds for "mature" costumers. They also carried "modern things for the young, hip, cutting edge" customer by Paul Smith, C.P. Company, John Varvatos, last time I went in. No Schonberger of Margiela though. Steve B., hope you covered all these places in your book.
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