The shopping district of Melrose Avenue became known as an underground rock and artist district throughout the '80s,
marked by stores such as Poseur, Vinyl Fetish, Soap Plant and Flip. Retail Slut
opened in 1983 as one of the first shops to bring punk and gothic styles to
Melrose. Founded by Helen Bed at its first location at 7517 Melrose, the
store’s inventory started as consignment only and grew to include imported
British clothing and breaking local designer labels such as Lip Service, Johnny
Suede, Serious, Shrine. Retail Slut not only sold clothing to music scenesters,
it created a sense of community by selling tickets to local club events,
creating items such as "The Boys of Retail Slut Calendars" and
hosting gothic beauty pageants.
The store was taken over by Peter Thomas in the early '90s who later forged the Retail Slut clothing line out of items
manufactured exclusively for Retail Slut by Quasi Glam and Viva Rebecca. The line was greatly increased with designs
by Dina D'Argo and Carolyn Vega. Since 1998, the signature line has been
further expanded and produced solely by resident international fetish model,
Yolanda, who studied fashion design in London.
Throughout the comings and goings of various music movements, Retail Slut has remained a constant. The store has
occupied four different addresses along the avenue. Currently, the Slut crew
resides at 7308 Melrose and remains true to its mission of being thee place rock
stars, stylists and wannabes shop for the coolest looks in town.
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see more YOLANDA
The Slut also likes to boast about a few of the
celebrities who have shopped and worked behind the counter.
Click here to see what big names have graced the Slut
CELEBRITY SLAVES PAST
Check out who has worked as a Slut Slave:
(Wall of Voodoo)
Charlie "Farquar" Overbee
(Custom Made Scare/Deadbolt)
(Miss Exotic World)
(Big Bang Babies)
(LA Guns/ Black Cherry)
(Faster Pussycat/ Newlydeads)
CURRENT SLAVES 2003
Trisha, Jeff, Erin, Charlene, Dawn, Webmistress K.
The Slut is owned and managed by Peter Thomas. So don't fuck with him or he will
kick your ass!