LASC: Worth the Price
LASC is the largest men’s boutique in West Hollywood, with over 4000 sq. ft of shopping space.
Now, let's get this straight. This is NOT a glorified, gay Urban Outfitters with print tees that say, "butt pirate."
You can find anything you need from underwear to swimwear, day wear to evening wear, something to wear to the gym, something to wear to the beach, something to wear to a (gay) wedding.
Shoes, rings, watches, accessories, and did I mention UNDERWEAR?
Everyone working there is good looking and super nice, almost to the point of shameless flirtation. The store isn't ever crowded, maybe about 10 guys in it and the store is bright and clean.
There's plenty of street parking as well as a parking structure right next door. I recommend you park at the other end of the blvd and walk up and down, hitting all the shops.
Tip: If you come when they are having a special event, they have a DJ and serve free cocktails!
TLDR: This amazing store has everything a gay guy needs to look trendy no matter what the occasion, but its about 2x the price of anywhere else. If nothing else, come in for the eye candy.
Pomp & Posey: "Flawless" Shopping In West Hollywood
I love this place. I found it at Christmas time. It reminds me of the little boutiques in France and Italy. Classical music playing & candlelight in the most incredible home like setting with the most unique collection of home and gift items that I’ve seen. And on top of that, they are beautifully wrapped in there hand stamped boxes with potpourri or they’ll wrap your gift in one of there gorgeous wrapping papers. It made quite the impression with my holiday gifts and I got a couple of thing for my house too. . This place makes it a joy to shop at. It is right in the middle of West Hollywood off of Santa Monica, but you feel like your in another world and there prices are very down to earth with no attitude. This place is a Flawless…
What to buy: Any of there unique collection of home and gift items.
What to pay: Very Reasonable
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Kitsen: More Money, More Style
Fashion conscious men can find shoes and clothes from trendsetting designers at this upscale boutique. While it may be a bit pricey (the sweater I'm wearing from there was $200) you won't ever run into anybody wearing the same thing as you.
Located on Melrose near Robertson, the Kitson Men's Store caters to guys, while the Women's store is right around the corner. Bursting with clothing, jewelry, gifts, shoes, candles and much more, Kitson is the perfect to find yourself a new wardrobe, redo your bedroom, or find the perfect gift, as long as you're willing to pay the price.
But hey, its Hollywood!
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H&M: Meh. I'll stick to the mall
H & M is an international retail clothing company, known for clothing for men, women, teenagers and children.
There is a parking lot in this plaza but its almost as much of a nightmare as parking on the streets. The employees at this H&M are cool and snobby but still friendly and helpful.
The thing about shopping at H&M in West Hollywood is, if you buy something, you should fully expect to run into someone else wearing the same thing. The great thing about the cheap clothing here is that when it falls apart in a month, its not too bad since it was so cheap.
Since I don't like wearing what everyone else it wearing, I shop here mainly for accessories, or basics like socks. This H&M is much smaller than most of the other stores, but that can be a good thing since you don't need a map to figure out what's going on.
If you are looking for a better selection, I recommend going to the H&M down the street at the Beverly Center.
*This store has a reputation of closing down in the middle of operating hours in order to accommodate celebrities who want to shop alone. ANNOYING.
Crossroads Trading Co: Expensive, Designer, Nastiness
I hate thrift stores. I mean, I really hate them. The idea of wearing someone's old clothes makes my skin crawl. They usually smell stale and weird.
Anyway, a lot of people like this place because they also buy old clothes. They WILL look at your tags to see the date/season of the clothes, and they look for a designer label. They used to give you cash but now you just get a store credit. Since I never want to shop their, I have no reason to sell my clothes there. (I did shop there one time when I was too fat to fit into my regular pants.)
The store itself is quite large, there is a parking lot and the staff is friendly and helpful. For some reason, even fully staffed, the line at this place is always super long, probably because people are at the counter arguing about how much a pair of Levis should be.
A positive thing to note about this location is, since it is Crossroads in West Hollywood, a lot of the clothes, shoes, purses, accessories, etc. are name brand & good designers and were super expensive when they were new.
The Pleasure Chest: A Pleasurable Experience
The Pleasure Chest specializes in erotic toys and novelties. All of the staff is trained to be sensitive to the needs of guests while guiding them through a healthy and exciting exploration.
Yes it’s an adult sex shop. Don't finish reading this review if that bothers you.
The Pleasure Chest in West Hollywood sells everything from porn to toys to outfits to lube. There are also things to enhance your sex life, like hand cuffs, gags, ropes, ribbons, etc. They have a huge selection of more out there stuff for those into S/M!
As stated above, the staff is very professional and are willing to help you out with anything you need without making you feel stupid or embarrassed.
The other amazing thing about this place is that it is bright and clean and almost cheery, not like a skeezy porn hole that would make you feel dirty as soon as you entered. The layout in particular lets you poke around without feeling exposed for all to see
I personally have never purchased anything here except some accessories I needed for a Halloween outfit, but if I ever needed something I know this would be the place to go.
Andrew Christian: Good for Tourists
I have a love/hate relationship with this store. Andrew Christian is a small men’s boutique that specializes in underwear, swimwear and gaywear.
How can I describe the hate? First of all I hate the AC marketing. Mostly naked men at a car wash basically humping each other. It makes gay people look like total slu*s. Besides that, their prices are so inflated, its ridiculous, especially since anything you buy there you will see 10 other guys wearing on the streets of West Hollywood. Additionally, if you ever see one of their underwear "models" out in public, they are all very rude and obnoxious.
ANYWAY, if you can past all that, or if you're just in town visiting, you'll love this place.
Everything is pretty good quality and cute as all get up. To be honest, they have items here you will never find anywhere else. Besides the usual, jock straps, g-strings, booty shorts, thongs, etc. they have items such as crop tip hoodies for men and pants with the butt cut out.
If this is for you, and you aren't going to wear your clothes in the city of West Hollywood, then come to this place.
Out of the Closet: For a Good Cause!
Out of the Closet generates income that helps fund the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). The store takes in donated items from the public and sells them at low and affordable prices. Donations can be dropped off during store hours. Many Out of the Closet stores also offers free HIV testing
The inventory is a mish-mosh of whatever. Clothes, picture frames, furniture. Whatever. It is a slight step up from Goodwill and Salvation Army. I think because the store helps support HIV, there must be a lot of gay people dropping off clothes, so it makes the selection better.
It is STILL, however, a thrift store and I hate thrift stores. Ugh. Why do they have to smell like that?
Anyways, I came here once for Halloween accessories and the place was packed with merchandise, the staff was super friendly, and I was in and out in a jiffy (TG)!
Even if you don't want to shop here, drop off your old stuff instead of throwing it away. Its for a great cause!
Block Party WeHo: Self-service Gay Garments
I shop here a lot. Whatever your gay needs are (undies, swimwear, see-through shirts, sexy socks, gym clothes, sunglasses, tanktops) you can get them here. The prices are super reasonable, way less expensive than the surrounding stores. Think of it as the gay Forever 21.
Additionally, they are constantly having clearance sales, so you can get a lot for dirt-cheap. The store is open really late and located right next to Revolver and Mickys so you can come over and buy a bunch of stuff when you are drunk. Oh, and they sell cigarettes in addition to gay souvenirs like bumper stickers and magnets!
On the downside, the staff is ridiculous. No one greets you when you arrive. No one asks if you need help. No one checks on you in the dressing rooms. When you come to the counter to make your purchase they usually give you a dirty look and trying to ignore you until they finish their phone conversation.
Think of it as a self-service store.
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Koontz Hardware: All Your HARDware Needs!
I lived in this city for five years before I ever came in here. I usually hit up Home Depot, but I didn't want to drive all the way across town. Man, I should have tried this place sooner!
First of all, it's MUCH bigger than it looks from the outside. The inventory is fully loaded and they will order anything they don't have in stock. Even so, it is a bit tight in there but there are tons of employees wandering around that are helpful and know exactly where to look for the item you need. Honestly, the customer service is the best around. They go above and beyond in order to make sure you are happy.
While they do have a tiny parking lot, it's usually a lot easier just to park at the park and walk over.
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