out of curiousity, brian sd, was wondering where you get your jil sander and dior in diego?? i was out there a summer ago with one of my boys who lives in la mesa and he was saying he can't find any of the clothes he's looking for in SD.
To answer your question, I don't get my clothes in San Diego. SD has the worst buyers that I've ever come across for every store down here. I go up to LA to look around, and then often check online for sales, or occasionally buy something at full retail - and when I do, its usually through a phone order. Maxfield LA, which LA Guy pointed out, is my favorite place that I've been to. I've done phone / faxing orders to the D-Homme boutique in New York (that was before the one in LA was built), and occasionally some designers will send me a shirt straight from their houses, not through a boutique. Despite the lack of high fashion selling down here, the local independent fashion design is phenomenal, albeit tiny. It lacks all of the dirty electroclash-isms of the LA indie scene and has a very distinct, naturalist appeal. I've been to a few fashion shows down here and I've always really liked it; it's very tied into the local music scene, which at its most local level, is quite mindblowing (if you're interested, you should check out GoGoGo Airheart, and Kill Me Tomorrow). I think they might have an Ambercrombie somewhere in La Mesa. If you want to see the all-American jackass, please do visit us down here, you'll love it. We have plenty of them - probably due largely in part to the HUGE Greek presence on campus, and the fact that SD has the highest concentration of college students in the country. Oh, and on the subject that I missed over the last few pages (am I still typing here?), I do think that a majority of American style comes straight of L.A. Hands down, I don't have the education to back that up nor the wordsmithing to make it sound eloquent; the best I can do is throw my vote on that side. It generally takes at least a few seasons for L.A. trends to start picking up in San Diego, but they definitely come and go.