The Most Badass Feminist Shops in Los Angeles

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Greta Samuel / | © Culture Trip
Kayleigh Roberts

There’s something special—and dare we say beautiful—about stepping into a brick-and-mortar store, meeting people IRL who share similar values, and obviously, shopping.

Los Angeles is home to a handful of feminist lifestyle shops that act as central gathering spaces in the community, where everything from books and t-shirts to jewelry and clothing are on offer. If a one-stop spot to socialize, organize, and drop cash on cool stuff sounds like your jam, check out these rad shops.


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The Ripped Bodice

The Ripped Bodice in Los Angeles

Romance novels have long been associated with women, but not altogether positively. As television shows like Jane the Virgin and Outlander help reshape preconceptions about the romance novel, the world is becoming turned on to the feminist side of the genre. The Ripped Bodice—the first all-romance bookstore in the U.S.—carries a vast and diverse selection of romance fiction, and its stock goes beyond just books. The store also offers a wide selection of gifts that focus on supporting independent, female-owned businesses. The store is owned and operated by sisters Leah and Bea Koch, who raised the $91,000 they needed to open the store on Kickstarter.

Friend Mart

Friend Mart opened its brick-and-mortar location in 2016 after owners Tuesday Bassen and Ben Goetting found success with an online store and a year-long series of pop-ups. Friend Mart’s mission is to showcase art, crafts, clothing, and other unique and handmade products from people in the L.A. community, for people in the L.A. community. Friend Mart carries only small brands and highlights the work of local female artists. The store also offers onsite chain-stitching workshops on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Skylight Books

Skylight Books, nestled in the heart of Los Feliz, is not solely a feminist bookstore, but it proudly champions feminist literature. With a vast selection of thought-provoking titles covering a wide range of feminist topics, Skylight Books serves as a literary sanctuary for those seeking knowledge, inspiration, and a deeper understanding of gender equality. Their knowledgeable staff is always ready to recommend a compelling read.

Wildfang

Bold, unapologetic, and fiercely feminist, Wildfang is a clothing brand and retail space in Downtown LA that is shaking up the fashion industry. Their tomboy-inspired designs break free from gender stereotypes, encouraging everyone to dress as they please. Beyond their empowering clothing line, Wildfang is actively involved in social justice initiatives, partnering with organizations and raising funds for important causes.

The Library Store

Located in the heart of downtown at the Los Angeles Central Library, The Library Store is a treasure trove of feminist-inspired gifts and accessories. Showcasing the work of local artists and makers, this shop supports independent creators while offering an array of feminist-themed items, including pins, prints, books, and stationery. Your purchases not only celebrate feminism but also contribute to the preservation of this iconic public library.

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