In LA, when you spot the paparazzi, you know that stars are not far behind. And there are certain shops favored by celebrities where you’ll find photographers camped out all the time, which means you know they have the hottest looks. If you’re looking to ramp up your celebrity style, don’t miss these shopping hotspots—just be sure to look your best since you never know when the photogs might be snapping a shot.
This store is photographed so often it may be more famous than the celebs who shop there. Stacked with the latest designer finds and fabulous kitsch, it’s no wonder Kitson is the epitome of LA celebrity style. Pop hits and club beats greet your ears as soon as you walk in the door. The atmosphere is bright and colorful, as you scour the stacks of jeans for that perfectly-fitting pair—it’s there, but you just have to find it. Before you go, you pick out a gift for that hard-to-shop-for friend from their assortment of unique housewares—from candles to coffee table books. It’s not possible to leave empty handed at Kitson, so you don’t even try.
Fred Segal’s iconic ivy-covered building on Melrose has been a mecca for trendsetters for years. You smile and wave to the paparazzi camped out daily in the parking lot as you arrive. Inside the store you find a cluster of individual boutiques, each with its own luxe brands and stylish finds. You weave your way through each section peddling designer sunglasses, must-have beauty products, eclectic home furnishings, and much more. After you shop, you settle in for a bite to eat at Mauro’s Cafe. The delicious Butter Lettuce Salad can’t be beat, and you enjoy it as your check out the other movers and shakers joining you.
Moondance Jewelry Gallery
Montana Avenue in Santa Monica isn’t often frequented by the paparazzi and celebs know it, which is why they seek refuge and retail therapy at fashion-forward boutiques like the Moondance Jewelry Gallery. The warm, wood-accented boutique welcomes you, and you explore the glass cases full of colorful, one-of-a kind pieces from famed designers that manage to be trendy and timeless all at once. You will have trouble deciding which accessories truly complete your look. Is it the Yasmeen gold diamond cuff? Or will the Tiny Om white gold chakra necklace more your speed? You have a whole wardrobe to think about, so you just get both.
If there’s anywhere celebrities flock to, it’s the newest additions to the LA shopping scene, like recent Abbott Kinney hotspot, Lula Mae. The bright, minimalist boutique is brimming with the latest high-end finds from designers like Luxx and Elizabeth and James. You sift through the airy dresses and unique footwear to discover the newest looks. Your eyes wander the whole store to find that perfect look. The dresses here move easily from day to night, but if you really don’t know where to start, you can try a shopping consultation with the experts to find the right pick for your fit.