Quite a few things come to mind when you think of Los Angeles (traffic, celeb-spotting, the year-round tan), but innovative fashion tends to fall far down on the list, if it makes the list at all. But times, they are a-changing, and by the will of some visionary shopowners, L.A. has developed a thriving boutique scene with a distinct voice and style, with stores such as Des Kohan and Kendo, a Los Angeles sneaker mecca on par with Alife or DQM that caters exclusively to women, shows that New York could probably take a few tips on details they've gotten just right over on the West Coast. Refinery29 leads you through all the essential spots to hit in two buzzing neighborhoodsâWest Hollywood and Miracle Mileâin the first of three "Postcard From L.A." installments, covering the best places to shop now, designers to check out, dining, and nightlife, too. Get a couple more glimpses of out West after the jump.
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