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Los Angeles and conspicuous consumption go hand in hand — after all, the shopping mall and the strip mall were both invented here and even today, fashion fads and trends typically begin here, so you can try on (and buy) unique styles and looks months before they catch on around the rest of the world. From small boutiques and specialty stores to factory outlets, flea markets, and tasteful outdoor shopping malls, it's easy to find a setting that suits your shopping mood, no matter how tight your wallet.

Shopping in Los Angeles

Fashion District

Though much of this district is wholesale-only, over 1,000 stores do sell discounted togs to the general public; Santee Alley is your best bet for famous-brand knock-offs.

Santee Alley, CA, www.fashiondistrict.org
Tags: shopping | things to do | walking district

Fred Segal

Ivy-covered labyrinthine mall of mini-boutiques where L.A.’s hippest designers sell their pricey wares to celebs and wannabes.

8100 Melrose Ave., CA, 323-651-4129
Tags: shopping | expensive | editor pick | smart splurge | trendy | designer

It’s A Wrap

Want to buy the dress worn by Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada? This store picks up wardrobes and props from movie and TV sets after, well, the shows wrap.

1164 S. Robertson Blvd., CA, 310-246-9727, www.itsawraphollywood.com
Tags: shopping | moderate | great value | clothing | vintage | novelty

Rodeo Drive

Shopping is a serious sport in Beverly Hills. Pop into the Dutch-architect-designed Prada "Epicenter," jeweler-to-the-stars Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Valentino, and Christian Dior in this three-block stretch.

Rodeo Dr., CA,
Tags: shopping | expensive | things to do | designer

Sunset Plaza

Don your shades and hit this strip of hip designer boutiques like Tracey Ross, Nicole Miller, Armani A/X, and Anna Sui. Recover at one of many nearby sidewalk cafes.

Sunset Blvd. between La Cienega Blvd. and San Vicente Blvd., CA,
Tags: shopping | moderate | things to do | designer

The Grove

Ersatz main street of Anytown U.S.A. offering everything from iPod accessories (at the Apple Store) to fresh vegetables (at the adjoining historical Farmer's Market), a dancing fountain, a double-decker trolley, and a supersized outpost of the American Girl doll store.

189 The Grove Dr., CA, 888-315-8883, www.thegrovela.com
Tags: family | shopping | things to do | shopping mall


Eclectic doesn’t begin to describe the selection at this emporium of offbeat art books, fantastic plastic accessories, and carefully curated kitsch.

4633 Hollywood Blvd., CA, 323-663-0122, www.soapplant.com
Tags: shopping | art | eclectic | books

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