La Brea Avenue Shopping

Bleu Clothing | Photo Courtesy of Blue, Facebook

The bulk of La Brea Avenue shopping sits between Beverly Boulevard and West Sixth Street, and of late it has become known among locals as a catchall for boutique shops. La Brea’s claim to fame is its variety: the shops here feature the latest sneakers, indie looks, coolest vintage…whatever’s possible in the name of “boutique.” Though not as close together as some of the other shopping neighborhoods in LA, stores on La Brea Avenue are nonetheless favorites in LA's shopping scene.

Vintage Pick: American Rag

Vintage, vintage, vintage. Yes, there are tons of other things at American Rag, but people come here mostly for that perfect score — and trust us, you’re bound to find something you like. Think again if you’re expecting cardboard boxes filled with junk; the meticulously organized vintage section makes the search easier. 150 S. La Brea Tel. 323.935.3154

Streetwear Pick: World Denim Bar

The name says it all at this American Rag extension: lots of denim, lots of variety. Diesel, limited-edition Levis, Joe’s Jeans and J Brand are highlights, and if you can’t find a pair of jeans here, you’re not going to find them at all. Oh wait, World Denim Bar has that covered, too. The “custom jeans” section can personalize the material, cut, embellishments and fit to create your perfect pair. 

Stationary & Gifts: Pulp and Illiterature

Pulp and Illiterature are both under one roof. If it’s remotely related to paper, Pulp carries it — but only if it meets the store’s hip standards. According to Pulp, there’s no such thing as boring. That's what makes the stationary shop the best place for gifts and funky cards that unabashedly scoff at Hallmark. Also available are calendars, stationary sets, photo albums and note cards. Many locals consider Illiterature the best place to pick up gifts in LA. Quirky and unique are the keywords here. Books tend to have tongue-in-cheek titles, while off-the-cuff jewelry pieces fit right into those in the gift-buying market. 452 S. La Brea Tel. 323.937.3505

Boutique Pick: Bleu

Fashion is ever changing, and if you want to keep up, head to Bleu. The owners are fashion forward, catering to celebrity stylists and production studios. Somehow, they’re always ahead of the fashion curve, pulling from international styles as well as up-and-comers. 456 S. La Brea Tel. 323.939.2128