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The best shops in Los Feliz

Stock up on vintage threads, indie books, locally made crafts and more at the best shops in Los Feliz

By Danielle DiMeglio
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Los Feliz is often known as LA's laid-back hipster neighborhood (right up there with nearby Silver Lake), thanks to its piping hot brew of indie music venues, a rich cache of hidden gem coffee shops and bars, and a distinctive small town vibe. But it's the throng of under-the-radar boutiques brimming with unique, vintage and handmade pieces that make it the ultimate shopping playground. Stroll into Skylight Books to pick up an indie comic book or browse the discounted racks at Steven Alan Outpost for a California-cool button-down tee. Thumb through the vintage frocks at Sqauresville for the perfect '50s getup or drop into Co-op 28 for a unique, locally made artwork to hang over your living room sofa. If you're in the market for something truly one-of-a-kind, check out these best shops in Los Feliz.

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Top shops in Los Feliz

Skylight Books

Shopping Bookstores Los Feliz

This much-cherished, cozy neighborhood bookstore in Los Feliz strikes a neat balance between intellectual crowd-pleasers and more unusual fare, including a large selection of local zines. Open since the mid '90s, it bucked book-industry trends by expanding into neighboring premises a few years ago. It now houses readings, signings and some of LA's best book clubs, including one called "Child of the '80s," and another dedicated solely to philosophy and critical theory. Tip: If you miss a reading, check their website for a podcast version. 

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Otherwild Goods & Services

Shopping Boutiques Los Feliz

At this homey hybrid retail store, shop an eclectic selection of gifts and goods such as handmade jewelry, handbags, those "The Future Is Female" sweatshirts you've been seeing all over Instagram and more. The boho-style store is curated to showcase works by local artists and designers, and also holds exclusive workshops such as candle dipping and leather bracelet making.

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Spitfire Girl

Shopping Gifts and stationery Los Feliz

Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Check out the unique mystery bags, candles, jewelry, pillows, dolls and home goods at this shop owned by tattoo artist Jason Schroeder and wife Kristin, who first started making her whimsical box cards for her daughter's birthday. Shop for Spitfire Girl’s trademark thin wooden cards with fun sayings as well as funky wood-made goods such as trays, journals, hang tags and postcards in this quirky store.

Photograph: Courtesy Carol Young | Undesigned

Carol Young | Undesigned

Shopping Boutiques Los Feliz

While designer Carol Young found inspiration in places like New York and Asia to dream up her eponymous label in 2003, the native Angeleno's sustainable, evergreen wear is undeniably LA. Handcrafted in Los Angeles, Young's textured, figure-flattering collection of dresses, tops, pants, sweaters and more adorn the racks of her Los Feliz boutique. From patterned wrap dresses to A-lined tees to cropped denim leggings, the line embodies care-free sophistication with a worldly flare. Check out accessories like shoes, totes and jewelry from a curated mix of designers like Boet, Alyson Iwamoto and Knobbly Studio to complete the look.

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Squaresville
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Squaresville

Shopping Boutiques Los Feliz

Whether you're looking for hippie-style, flower-embroidered denim or classic '50s frocks, this longstanding locale is filled with all your vintage needs and more. Scour the racks of this Los Feliz mainstay for funky men's and women's threads and a smattering of accessories, handbags and footwear from the bygone era. A mix of classic and eclectic, the airy, two-story boutique plays host to a rotating roster of one-of-a-kind staples from your grandmother's closet. Bring in some of your own finely used garb in exchange for payment, trade or consignment.

Photograph: Courtesy Sumi's

Sumi's

Shopping Boutiques Los Feliz

Since the boutique's inception in 2005, owner Sumi Siegel has curated an artistic and sophisticated mix of handcrafted gems that have Angelenos buzzing, from gold and glass earrings by local artist Jess Panza to a rose cut, aquamarine ring by artist Emily Amey. The unique jewels hang alongside exclusive handbags from her mother's namesake label, Carita Viola Designs, featuring upholstery fabric bags made in her Helsinki studio. Home decor and accessories also outfit the small boutique, spanning a hand-woven ombre scarf to a bright leather luggage tag. Whether you're looking to expand your jewelry box (you deserve it) or lock down a gift, Sumi's has goods you can't find anywhere else.

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