Amid all the trendy eateries that have sprung up in Sawtelle Japantown, there is a thriving gift shop, Black Market, that is one of the city's best choices for hip outfitters. Owner Jisook Lee has succeeded in curating a quirky and diverse inventory that ranges from dime-store novelty items —  selected Fred-branded offerings, for example, include a pushpin set mimicking sea-urchin-roe sushi — to trendy accessories including Penfield wallets, Tsovet watches, Naked & Famous shirts and Fjallraven Kanken backpacks. In an age where online shopping is the default option, this hipster haven is an exception, inviting exploration and enabling a lyrical and whimsical voyage of palpable discovery.

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