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Opening Ceremony Tops GQ's List of Ten Best Independent Men's Stores in America

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Opening Ceremony Tops GQ List of Independent Men's Stores (Photo via Opening Ceremony)


Opening Ceremony Tops GQ List of Independent Men's Stores (Photo via Opening Ceremony)
Never let it be said that men in Los Angeles don't have access to the best in independent designer duds, at least not now. GQ just published their Top 10 Best Independent Men's Stores in America and Opening Ceremony on La Cienega took the top spot while Confederacy on Hollywood Blvd. secured the fifth spot on the much-vaunted-among-fashionistas list.Opening Ceremony is known for it's sprawling art-gallery-esque space with independently curated shops inside. Dubbed "the high-end hipster mecca" by GQ, the store is well known for carrying difficult-to-find labels that are much sought after by those in the know. Most-coveted labels include: Band of Outsiders, Acne, BOY, Mayle and Opening Ceremony's own private label collection. It's quite a "get" that the LA location won top honors, considering it opened several years after the NYC store made it big on the indie fashion scene.

In stark contrast to Opening Ceremony's big space and black/white/grey aesthetic, Confederacy feels like a laid-back affair, with enough art and books and carefully strewn accoutrements to look like a restored apartment, albeit one furnished with the most expensive finishes that Restoration Hardware has to offer. Clothing lines include: Albert Hammond Jr., APC, Levi's Vintage, Jil Sander and more.

One question remains - will these too-cool-for-school spots be deemed less so now that they've achieved mainstream GQ cred?