Modern staples, vintage-inspired frocks and shades ready for fun in the sun — here are brands we’re adding to cart in real life
Words by ANUSH J. BENLIYAN, MARIE LOOK and ELIZABETH VARNELL
Sisters Margaret and Katherine Kleveland of North Hollywood-based fashion label Dôen are opening the barn doors to their first permanent brick-and-mortar for their ethereal prairie prints at the Brentwood Country Mart. It’s a fitting home for their feminine bohemian aesthetic, influenced by their coastal childhoods in Santa Barbara — surrounded by orange blossoms and old oaks — and now beloved by a cult-like following of women with that same sense of nostalgic style. The collectively owned, women-run direct-to-consumer label tapped L.A. design team Nickey Kehoe for the interiors, which are illuminated with scalloped-edge sconces and raffia pendants and set with reclaimed wood tables, antique cabinets and a kid’s corner replete with sisal baskets filled with wooden toys. Dôen’s “fewer, better things” mantra manifests in natural fabrics draped into vintage-inspired smock dresses, skirts, trousers, chunky sweaters, shoes and now coats — a new addition to the 3-year-old line that the designers worked to perfect. Margaret explains the collective’s slow fashion embrace: “We choose to develop our own fabrics, not only to get the exact look and feel for the design, but also to be able to work with and support factories and processes we can be proud of.” 225 26th St., Ste. 4, Santa Monica, 818-206-4471.
Following the success of its summer pop-up, Hero Shop has opened a permanent outpost at the Marin Country Mart. Like the San Francisco flagship, the new boutique boasts founder Emily Holt’s edited roster of brands — including Brock Collection and Rosetta Getty, but with a warm-weather twist. Think “more sunglasses and sundresses, fewer cashmere sweaters,” says the former Vogue editor. 2257 Larkspur Landing Cir., Ste. 2205, Larkspur.
Maker of modern essentials Everlane has opened its third — and first permanent — retail store in the City of Angels, at the west end of Abbot Kinney Boulevard’s main drag. There, shoppers can check out the socially conscious brand’s everyday staples, including menswear, womenswear, accessories and shoes, all housed in a spacious, brightly lit space on the corner of Westminster Avenue and Venice’s most famous street. Expect sparse signage, a very photogenic arched hallway leading to the fitting rooms, and iPads installed throughout so you can see if that ultrasoft tee or a Tread by Everlane trainer is offered in more colors online. 1101 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice.
The More the Merrier
In the market for further retail therapy? Known for luxe trunks and leather handbags, French heritage label Moynat Paris has debuted its first-ever California outpost at South Coast Plaza. Lifestyle shop Canyon Supply in downtown Ojai offers an edit of womenswear, menswear, accessories and home goods. Footwear brand Birkenstock has chosen Venice for its second stand-alone store in the United States — a charming, sun-drenched bungalow that carries the line’s full range of accessories and shoes for men, women and children, in addition to its newly launched line of skincare. And L.A.-based e-commerce brand The Last Line is stocking its fine jewelry at a pop-up in Westfield Century City Sept. 10 through Oct. 9.
Feature image: The first California shop by MOYNAT PARIS, at South Coast Plaza.
This story originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of C Magazine and has been updated as of Sept. 5.
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