New Kids on the Block
A roundup of some of our favorite newcomers on the retail scene.
BY VICTORIA NAMKUNG
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: At Community Shop, items for the home are displayed in a tent; Rimowa luggage; Rock & Revolution at the Malibu Country Mart features unique vintage pieces.
FOUNDED BY THE talented folks behind the LA design firm Commune, Community Shop (650 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood; communedesign.com) features handmade gifts, accessories and home products from American craftsmen and artisans. Choose from Steve Halterman’s stained-glass lanterns and Clare Vivier’s buttery-soft satchels at the store, which is housed in Commune’s bi-level offices and features a tent with more displays of items for the home. “People are looking for things with a soul and narrative, and the products in the shop fill that niche,” says firm partner Roman Alonso. Open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons or by appointment.
V Vintage (427 N. Canon Dr., Suite 106, Beverly Hills; vvintage90210.com), the formerly by-appointment-only designer costume jewelry and handbag emporium, has moved to a bigger space below its previous location and is now open Monday through Friday. The new location boasts more merchandise, including vintage dresses from Sonia Rykiel, Pauline Trigère and Diane von Furstenberg, as well as bespoke ’70s-style blouses made from vintage fabrics. Also look for stellar accessories from Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel, among others.
The iconic German luggage maker Rimowa (332 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills; rimowa.com) has made its way to Rodeo Drive with a 1,500-square-foot shop stocking favored styles, including the Salsa, Topas and Tango, along with US exclusives such as the Salsa Air—among the lightest luggage around. The brand’s lightweight cases allow travelers to pack up to 10 pounds more without going over the airlines’ weight restrictions.
A Funky, Paris dress and Chanel jewelry at V Vintage; Marc by Marc Jacobs bag from Nordstrom at Fashion Island
The new-concept fashion boutique and eyewear gallery A. Kinney Court (1423 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; akinneycourt.com) is one of the latest retailers to set up shop on Abbot Kinney. Garrett Leight, co-owner, optician and son of Oliver Peoples’ founder and creative director Larry Leight, stocks his überchic shop with Thierry Lasry’s “futuristic vintage” frames and exclusive designs from the Oliver Peoples vintage collection, along with Gourmet footwear and LNA apparel (LNA co-owner April Leight and Garret Leight are cousins).
When CeCe Abel and Maggie Cisneros decided to open Rock & Revolution (3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu; rocknrevolutionmalibu.blogspot.com) at the Malibu Country Mart, the goal was to celebrate the unique history of their pieces, whether it be a hand-studded leather jacket, a vintage bag, or handpainted concert T-shirt. They even customize your tees, denim, hats and bags with studs, shredding and stitching for a truly one-of-a-kind look.
LAC celebrates the women of its May/June 2013 issue at Palihouse in West Hollywood.