What’s going on with clothing boutiques in LA? Two conflicting stories have come out in recent days that have us sitting here in NYC scratching our heads. Both articles cite growing economic instability in the city (and the country in general), making life difficult for boutique owners. Both reference the same few boutiques that have shuttered in recent months, such as Iconology, Lily Savitch, and Filly. But that’s where the similarities end.

On November 30, Women’s Wear Daily reported that life’s getting harder for certain boutique owners in LA, because so many new boutiques have cropped up that the competition between them is too fierce:

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