When you think of top stylists, you think their finds could be quite pricey, but this book is loaded with shop listings that are affordable as they are unique. Besides, tax return time is coming up and maybe you want to treat yo self with some new adds to your closet. This hot pink lil guide is wall to wall inspiration. And you really don’t have to go anywhere, because a great deal of finds in this book can be bookmarked on your browser and in the pages.
Where Stylists Shop by Booth Moore has a unique approach. Think of it like a travel guide, but instead of renowned restaurants or places of historical interest, it’s for finding hidden apparel shopping gems in major cities all over the world.
The book goes more in-depth than where to find an outlet mall, because anyone can Google that! It points you to places that take more research to find, like Bedrock in Tokyo, which can only be accessed through the Forbidden Fruit Cafe. Then there’s the Marni outlet in residential Milan where you have to, “buzz an intercom for the creaking gate to open.”
Brick and mortar joints are falling out of favor for online retailers these days, so in addition to traditional listings, there’s an abundance of website suggestions. In the Los Angeles section (which is 40 pages), Dita Von Teese lists a number of sites for unique lingerie, and I immediately bookmarked an etsy called Stern Tights from a seller in Tel Aviv, which is one of the many site suggestions from London designer/personal shopper Raven Kauffman. You also might have to teach yourself a little bit of a new language if you’re a filthy, filthy whore for wedge sandals like me and want to shop from the Brazilian retailer Schutz online from the São Paulo section.
Of course some of the finds are going to be pricey, like name brand shops, some consignment shops or the location of a huge treasure trove of deadstock denim. There is a good balance of affordable finds like vintage stores, pop-up stores, and major expo or convention sites. Oddly enough, there’s even a listing for an L.L. Bean. In fact it’s the only listing for all of Maine. It must have to do with the fact that Freeport, Maine is where L.L. Bean is headquartered, but it’s the only listing in that whole state. So I’m guessing Maine’s fashion week is probably just duck boots and lots of camo.
The author, Booth Moore, is currently the senior fashion editor at the Hollywood Reporter, and the information in this book is a result of traveling the world in her tenure as a Fashion Critic for the Los Angeles Times for almost a 10 years, and surveying 175 designers, stylists, editors, bloggers, models, and costume designers for this project.
Where the Stylists Shop is on sale Tuesday, January 17th.