A shopping lover’s guide to LA

18 September, 2023 / words by Melissa Holdbrook-Akposoe

I have been to Los Angeles countless times and it’s hand down one of my favourite places to shop in the world. They have the most aesthetically pleasing shopping districts full of restaurants for when you become parched and endless spots to take that perfect shot for your Instagram. Whether you’re intro designer fashion, jewellery, make up or home interiors, these posts below will fulfil your every need. Just make sure you have enough suitcase space! Those overweight baggage chargers aren’t friendly at LAX.

Rodeo Drive

The shopping district that you’d probably think of when someone mentions LA. From Saint Laurent, to Louis Vuitton to Hermes they have all the high end brands you could possibly think of. If you cross a block or two down you’ll even come across a crate and barrel that has every interior offering you can think of.

The good thing about Rodeo is that you don’t need to spend money to have a great time there. It’s enough to have a leisurely stroll down the breath-taking drive, sight-see, and stop off at one of the many restaurants for a cold drink of your choice.

One thing I will mention is that designer goods are extremely expensive in America and not only is the retail price higher than you’d experience in Europe, you’ll have to pay anything up to 7%+ taxes on top of any designer item you buy in Los Angeles.

Desert Hills Premium Outlets

There has never been a time I’ve been to LA and not taking the drive down to the desert hills outlet. It is like Bicester Village on crack! They have unbelieve stock with unbeatable prices. You’ll find everything from Bottega Veneta, Marni, Prada, Loewe, Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent, Gucci and more for up to 70% off and a lot of pieces are still in season. It’ about an hours drive from LA and about $110 dollars or so in a Uber.

The grove

The Grove is a must visit when travelling to LA. The have a lot more mid level price shops there such as Artizia (my all time favourite) Brandy Melville, Maje, Paige Denim and Sandro. If you’re in need to a Sephora there is a very accommodating one there too! The Grove is perfect for a day out with lots of bistro style restaurants and even an AMC movie theatre.

Melrose Ave

Melrose Ave is going to give you a completely different kind of vibe. If you’re after independent, niche and more street wear brands this is the place for you If you’re a huge interior décor fan, take a pop into Kelle Wearstler.

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Melissa Holdbrook-Akposoe


Conceptualised by Melissa Holdbrook - Akposoe, It’s A Lifestyle Hun is a one-stop-shop for expert recommendations and lifestyle lessons for the modern cosmopolitan. “I wanted to create an informative platform where myself and other experts in their fields are able to share and educate others on how to curate the perfect elevated lifestyle.”

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