A Kayture Guide to Shopping in LA and NYC

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Leave it to the globetrotters to know where the best spots to shop are. Jetsetting the world over, Kristina Bazan, the young woman behind the popular fashion blog Kayture, cultivates and refines her taste with every trip, finding the best shops and stores in between meetings and sidewalk snaps. Whether she’s on the red carpets of the Cannes Film Festival or sitting poolside in Los Angeles, the Geneva-born Bazan always looks impeccable. Trusting her taste for luxury and her eye for everyday glam, we get the who, what, and wear currently on Bazan’s radar in New York and Los Angeles.

What differentiates shopping in NYC and LA vs shopping abroad?

I think there’s much more mass products here in the States! You can find incredible things for very affordable prices. I love binging at spots like Forever 21, American Apparel, Anthropology, and Victoria’s Secret! When I am in Europe, I focus more on investing in quality luxury pieces. I bought my first Chanel bag in Paris! It’s much more advantageous in terms of pricing.

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What kind of clothes can you get in NYC that you can’t get anywhere else?

There are great shapes in New York–many of them are inspired by sportswear and are quite androgynous, which I love. Anything with a good boyfriend cut is a big “yes” for me.

And what’s unique to LA?

A lot of really cool bohemian, super hippy, flowy pieces. I love shopping on Abbot Kinney for long gowns and airy dresses with super comfortable materials and fun prints. Beauty products are also great here! People are really into organic skincare.

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Three favorite stores for shopping in NYC and what they carry that you love:

I’m obsessed with Jeffrey–they have a beautiful shoe selection. Love the way they curate all their pieces. You can also find great jewelry there. Also, I love Scoop for all their cool brands like Phillip Lim or Rag & Bone. Finally, Bergdorf’s will always remain one of my favourite classics. I am in love with their shoe department. It’s huge.

What about your LA must-stop shops?

Curve on Robertson is a fantastic concept store with a lot of beautiful brands. I also like Bazar on Abbot Kinney–they have tons of super bohemian items yet an interesting mix with luxury products like the Rodin beauty line. Last but not least, Kelly Wearstler boutique on Melrose is a dream for any goodies to elevate your interior design.

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Favorite designer in NYC right now:

I’ve been really into Jason Wu. I think he’s extremely talented. Also a big fan of Richard Chai–just attended his show during NYFW and I think his pieces reflect the style of the city very well. It has a very cool, effortless vibe around it.

Favorite designer in LA:

My friends own Lovers and Friends and I think they do such a good job with their collection which is so cute and wearable. Also a big fan of Anine Bing. She’s growing massively right now and her designs are very easy, chill and cool.

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The item every girl-the-go must have:

Probably a fisheye lens for your phone. I feel like with Snapchat now taking over social media, it’s so fun to give a peek into your life, and a fisheye is such a fun trick to show more of your surroundings.

Photos courtesy of Kristina Bazan via Kayture

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