West LA Boutique is in good company at Jumeirah’s Sunset Mall: after opening in March, the store now rubs shoulders with hotspots including Valleydez, Socialista Boutique and Rivaage. Yet the thing that sets it apart is its affordability and well-edited stock. It’s clear that founder Alia Korayem has spent time rifling through the racks of the world’s coolest boutiques – the pieces that pepper the shop floor are fresh, fashion-forward and wearable.
The décor doesn’t disappoint either: a floor-to-ceiling wooden interior gives the boutique a clean, relaxed feel, and the grassy feature wall bearing the store’s name is straight out of the tree-lined streets of shopping hub Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood. Our only gripe is the lighting in the fitting rooms: the fluoro orange globes are unflattering and distort the colour of the garments, so you’ll need to poke your head outside to make any sort of judgement call. Either way, you’ll be stoked with the selection of underground designers, including Aussie labels One Teaspoon, Bec and Bridge, Shakuhachi and Stylestalker, and US labels Unif Denim, Naven and House of Harlow, plus plenty more. We think we’ve just found our new fave Dubai store.
West LA Boutique, Sunset Mall, Jumeirah (04 394 4248).
Three more to try: unisex boutiques
This Beach Road boutique stocks T-shirts for him by Lucky 7 and jeans by Bogosse, alongside board shorts and quirky retro-style hand-made gym bags.
Villa 14, Al Hudaiba Street, off Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 344 6922).
Bullets and Butterflies
From high-top sneakers to cool structural jackets and unusual shirts, this edgy store is your go to for a fashion investment.
Ground floor, Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 342 2243).
The Zoo Concept
While this quirky store stocks mainly gifts and knick-knacks, there’s a rack boasting a good range of locally inspired novelty men’s T-shirts.
Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite the Dubai Zoo, Jumeirah 1 (04 349 5585).