Best Shoppoing on Melrose Ave

April 25, 2016 9:12 PM

(credit: Kelly Wearstler)

(credit: Kelly Wearstler)


For eclectic clothing, accessories, make-up, home decor, and footwear styles, there’s only one street to shop – and that’s the unique retail wonderland that’s Melrose Avenue.

(credit: Decades)

(credit: Decades)


Decades
8214 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-1960
www.decadesinc.com

A celebrated and often celebrity-frequented consignment shop, Decades has a chic interior and luxurious layout for what the shop terms “neo-vintage” items. This is the shop to spot a bejeweled Dior evening gown or a Chanel suit.

(credit: Fred Segal)

(credit: Fred Segal)


Fred Segal
8100 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 651-4129
www.fredsegal.com

How trendy can you get? Fred Segal has the answer. This upscale clothing store is made up of separately franchised, owner-operated departments, resulting in cool curated items from designer denim to handbags to items that you just won’t find anyplace else. As eclectic as it is hip, Fred Segal’s Melrose outpost includes Mauro’s Cafe, which serves up delicious salads and pastas. It’s also a great spot for people watching and celebrity spotting.

(credit: Kelly Wearstler)

(credit: Kelly Wearstler)


Kelly Wearstler
8440 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 895-7880
www.kellywearstler.com

Offering home decor, gifts, and accessories, the ultra fashionable Kelly Wearstler boutique is not to be missed. From pet accessories – marble dog bowls, anyone? – to Muse picture frames, cool scarves, gold baseball caps, and yes, designer matches – you won’t find anything like this store back in Kansas.

(credit: Creatures of Comfort)

(credit: Creatures of Comfort)


Creatures of Comfort
7971 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-7855
www.creaturesofcomfort.us

A sleekly minimalist fashion boutique, Creatures of Comfort features mens and womens clothing, shoes, and accessories. Paris designed fashions? Check. Cutting edge style? Absolutely.

(credit: Resurrection)

(credit: Resurrection)


Resurrection
8006 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 651-5516
www.resurrectionvintage.com

Very possibly the coolest and hippest women’s vintage store around, Resurrection is where Candace Bergen buys her Bulgari and where a $2000 Yves Saint Laurent gold belt nestles comfortably next to a Jean Paul Gaultier “Fight Racism” T-shirt. Melrose’s Resurrection is high fashion at it’s finest.

(credit: Wasteland)

(credit: Wasteland)


Wasteland
7428 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 653-3028
www.shopwasteland.com

Offering funky to designer brands, Wasteland is a large, designer-oriented resale retailer that’s filled with great finds. In fact, there’s nothing quite like it. From Gucci and Prada to H&M and other top notch brands, one can find items like shoes, hats, fringed leather jackets and sexy sundresses. This is definitely the shop to find terrific unique name brands with trendy and vintage looks at a great price.

(credit: New Profanity)

(credit: New Profanity)


New Profanity
7418 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 420-7779
www.facebook.com

New Profanity sells art, cool mini-buttons, clothes, pillows, and so much more. This is a shop that sells only items made and designed by artists or small businesses. They live up to their tag line “unique, fun, and unapologetic.” Where else will you find flower crowns, crop tops, mini-buttons with profane cats, and door hangers with sayings by Nietzsche?

(credit: American Vintage)

(credit: American Vintage)


American Vintage
7575 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 944-0640

Vintage looks from the 1940s through the 1980s can be found everywhere at American Vintage. Here, cowboy boots and designer suits share space with the greatest costume party material in town. Other great pieces include leather jackets, poodle skirts, and classic t-shirts.

(credit: Manic Panic)

(credit: Manic Panic)


Manic Panic
7378 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 951-1513
www.manicpanic.com

The cool makeup and hair dyes available at Manic Panic make the store what could be a one-stop-shop for self-adornment. With 46 hair dyes available, shades here include pastels like mint green and violet, as well as glitter eye shadow that glows in black light, and lipsticks to match the hair shades. It doesn’t get trendier than this.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | eco-exist.com | geniedavis.com | DiversionsLA | Twitter.