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For something of an epic brick-and-mortar experience, look no further than Korean eyewear label Gentle Monster. The brand’s 5,000-square-foot downtown LA flagship (its first US outpost is in New York) is designed as a concept store that feels a lot like gallery spaces you’ll find in the nearby Arts District. As guests make their way around the store, they’re met with an installation centered around a harvest theme, a specific concept selected for the West Coast location. This translates to 2,000 metal rods meant to represent rice, woven rugs that represent the twigs left behind in the field, and an installation by Korean sculptor Jung Uk Yang to symbolize grain threshing—the final stage of harvesting. As for the eyewear, look for artfully displayed cutting-edge collaborations with the likes of Danish designer Henrik Vibskov, streetwear label Hood by Air, and fashion brand Opening Ceremony—all of which the brand has teamed up with previously—plus more classic aviator styles in titanium and oversize acetate cat-eye frames.

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