Where to find it: 8118 Melrose Ave. at Crescent Heights, Los Angeles, and 420 and 500 Broadway in Santa Monica. Each boutique has its own phone number, http://www.fredsegal.com.
The vibe: The place to look for what's new in the old.
The goods: A treasure-trove of restored and reconstructed dresses, leather coats, tutus and sequin jackets on racks organized by decade (1940s through the 1990s) or theme (ethnic, pantsuits), with alterations available on site.
The back story: Former actress Shareen Mitchell has an eagle eye for spotting the next big vintage trend before anybody else, which is why costume designers from "Mad Men" and design teams from Marc Jacobs make this a regular stop.
Where to find it: East of downtown, at 1721 N. Spring St., Los Angeles (Enter on Baker Street), (323) 276-6226, http://www.shareenvintage.com.
Ten Over Six
The vibe: A shop for accessory-obsessed cool girls who head to this airy, all-white space for offbeat accessories, art and gift items.
The back story: In 2008 owners Kristen Lee and Brady Cunningham opened Ten Over Six as a place where locals could get hard-to-find labels — which they've curated with an eclectic L.A. twist. The two have also started a private label of shoes, bags and dresses as well as collaborated on merchandise with Vena Cava, Andra Neen, L.A. Eyeworks and Lizzie Fortunado.
The vibe: A store that incorporates the personal attention that Hollywood's celebrity stylists give their clients with high-end designers, many of whom create exclusive items for the store.
The goods: A well-edited selection of difficult-to-find-in-L.A. designers like Hussein Chalayan, Azzedine Alaia, Viktor & Rolf, Mark Fast and Sofia Kokosalaki, as well as locally based labels like Juan Carlos Obando, Annie Costello Brown and Bare jewelry.
The back story: Designer and trend forecaster Des Kohan opened her eponymous boutique in March 2005 and has since garnered a loyal following of customers who covet the personal attention and selection of non-trendy wares.
Where to find it: 671 S. Cloverdale Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 857-0200. http://www.deskohan.com
Lost & Found
The vibe: Six storefronts along a relatively quiet street in the heart of Hollywood that capture L.A.'s love for healthful living and thoughtful clothing and accessories. The antithesis of fast, disposable fashion, everything here has an artisanal quality and an earthy aesthetic common in canyon neighborhoods.
The goods: Locally made items from all over the world including woven chairs from India, espadrilles from Spain, leather bags from Italy and trading beads from Africa.
The back story: Owner Jamie Rosenthal, a former film and fashion stylist, opened Lost & Found 13 years ago with just one storefront selling children's clothing. She now has six storefronts and sells men's and women's clothing, home and kitchen goods, accessories and children's clothes and furniture.