Retail Slut

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Retail Slut was a clothing store in Los Angeles, California, USA that specialized in punk, goth, and underground fashions. Founded in 1983, by Helen O'Neill, the store heavily supported the underground scenes such as the S&M, Drag and Rave communities and participated in "Hands Around the World." Retail Slut was located on Melrose Avenue and changed locations along the avenue four times throughout its history. It closed on March 31, 2005.

Retail Slut was featured in the film The Lollipop Generation by G.B. Jones, with owner Helen O'Neill appearing on-screen as herself. TV appearances include MTV and Playboy TV. Heavy metal guitarist Slash obtained the first of his signature top hats at Retail Slut during Guns & Roses' take-off year.[1] Billy Idol, Cyndi Lauper, Axel Rose and Nina Hagen were regular patrons.[2] Magnus Walker (Serious Clothing) accidentally got his start when employee, Taime Downe from Faster PussyCat wanted to buy the pants off him.[3][4] Vintage Los Angeles gives a great run down of this and other Melrose stores.[5]


  1. ^ Plummer, Sean (March 10, 2010). "Scandalous Slash". MSN. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ Los Angeles Magazine July 2014
  3. ^ Tedx Talks Go with your Gut Feeling
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