Fall Fashion Finds
By Victoria Namkung
FROM LEFT: E.P.I.C. interior; E.P.I.C. store sign. BELOW: Jack Spade Bleacher Plaid Ajax duffel
Rhianon Jones and Tristan Scott opened Echo Park Independent Co-op (E.P.I.C.) in the historic Jensen’s Recreation Center to highlight more than 40 LA designers (1712 W. Sunset Blvd., LA;shopepicla.com). Find edgy pieces such as Brian Lichtenberg’s slouchy men’s tanks, Laura Kranitz’s feather chestpiece necklaces and Natalia Romano’s sexy rompers in a gallerylike space that features brick walls and concrete floors.
A charming white bungalow filled with quirky décor elements such as globes and vintage slideshow projectors is home to the West Coast’s only Jack Spade store (1132 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice; jackspade.com). In addition to the coveted men’s bags (think messenger, laptop, weekend and even “dad bags”), there are stylish dog leashes, preppy woven shirts and vintage-inspired pocket squares.
FROM LEFT: A young customer’s Cheryl Fudge creation; Cheryl Fudge interior. BELOW: Prada interior.
Cheryl Fudge is known for transforming vintage designer pieces and other gently worn finds into one-of-a-kind looks for men, women and kids, which makes her Santa Monica store—Cheryl Fudge—the perfect place to go green (1010 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; cherylfudge.com). The shop (which joins two locations on Nantucket) also hosts daily classes that allow fashion fans of any age to create their own garment and strut it down the store’s runway. Choose from thousands of patches, trims and buttons to make your couture creation from something in the store or an item from your own closet.
Prada is one of the latest luxe labels to move in at South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa; prada.com). The 5,070-square-foot boutique—designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi—is divided into polygonal spaces housing various products, from ready-to-wear and handbags to accessories and footwear. Pastel-green canvas walls, mirrors and lilac velvet couches outfit the space. Look for exclusive OC-only collections such as the tropical-print Costa bags.
LAC celebrates the women of its May/June 2013 issue at Palihouse in West Hollywood.