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What is it about our city that makes for such varied, plentiful vintage clothing? The dry desert air? A surfeit of sartorial peacocks? No matter: The name to know in secondhand glamour is Shareen Mitchell, a beautiful blonde whose downtown warehouse Shareen Vintage has fans from stylist clotheshorses to Katie Holmes.

Now Mitchell?s turned her attention to a new project: a second store on West Third Street that sells her own ready-to-wear line. The new shop couldn?t be more unlike her spartan warehouse, where there?s not even a dressing room. Shareen the boutique resembles a worn French apartment, with tall distressed mirrors, pastel walls, roughened cement floors and a cozy changing area.

And though Mitchell?s new designs, which average about $300, recall the 1950s (such as the plunging cocktail dress the Poppie) and the 1940s (the über-forgiving Beth wrap style), they seem to be cut more generously than their progenitors. And their new, made-in-L.A. construction in silk and satin means they?re sturdier than real vintage. Plus, dresses can be special-ordered in other fabrics.

They don?t make ?em like they used to--except Shareen Mitchell, who makes them better.

Shareen, 8377 W. Third St.; 323-276-6226 or

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