We've had one too many run-ins in the office kitchen where someone is wearing the same head-to-toe Zara ensemble that we are, so for that reason alone, we're always open to cool, lesser known spots to get our fill of retail therapy. And who better to ask than designers? Hear us out — these pros are out there trying to create products that stand out in a crowd, and get you heading to the register. Where do you think they get all that intel in the first place?
From hidden, vintage-filled gems to Instagram-worthy indie boutiques, these are the places you should be checking out (in this case — "because they said so" is a fine enough reason). Click on for 24 designers' favorite places to shop around the world, from Rodarte's Kate & Laura Mulleavy to glasses guru Karen Walker.