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Shop Talk: Smashbox Studios Opens Venice Boutique; Allbirds Pops Up Downtown

3:21 PM 7/13/2017

by Sam Reed

Your guide to shopping in L.A. for the week ahead.

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Summer time, and the weather is too hot to be sitting in a stuffy house. Get some relief from the July swelter by checking out the best (and air-conditioned) store openings and sales this week. 

  • Smashbox Studios Opens Venice Boutique

    Smashbox Studios is opening a brand new space in Venice, just a few miles down the road from its Culver City headquarters.

    The new space isn't your average makeup store, but rather a "photo-studio inspired makeup experience" with plenty of special in-store perks, like personalized lip-gloss mixing and a 3-D printed lipstick design. The Smashbox Studios store will also offer beauty classes as well as professional photo services and other events. 

    1335 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA

  • Allbirds Opens DTLA Pop-Up

    Allbirds, a New Zealnd shoe company which uses all-natural materials, is opening a pop-up at DTLA's Grand Central Market, open from July 12 - 31. 

    In honor of the pop-up, the brand has also launched three new styles inspired by three L.A. institutions: Wexler’s Deli, P.F. Candle Co. and Boyce Studio. Each style retails for $95. In return, each of the above L.A. favorites has also created a limited-edition Allbirds-inspired piece. Wexler's Deli will offer a special New Zealand salmon dish; P.F. Candle Co. is launching an Allbirds candle with scents native to the land down under, and Boyce Studio is offering a wood succulent planter emblazoned with the Allbirds logo. 

    The collection is part of the company's ongoing "Allbirds and..." collaborations with various cities and their local businesses.

    317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

  • Away Luggage Opens on Melrose

    After successful collaborations with Madewell and Pop & Suki, luggage brand Away is officially opening its first brick-and-mortar storefront right here in L.A. on July 14.

    The company, whose hard shell suitcases feature a built-in battery which enable you to charge any USB device while you're on the go, has been praised by Goop and become a favorite among the jet-setting blogger community, so it's no surprise that their line of luggage has taken off with the on-the-go L.A. crowd. 

    8400 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

     

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  • Margaux Comes to The Apartment by The Line on Melrose

    Shoe brand Margaux is bringing a bit of NYC flavor to Los Angeles. 

    The Italian leather shoe company is popping up at The Apartment by The Line on Melrose Place now through July 15. The brand is celebrating its pop-up with made-to-measure fittings for handmade flats as well as the chance to pre-order the limited-edition gray lizard block heel which will be exclusive to The Line. 

    2nd Floor, 8463 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069

  • Ann Mashburn Hosts Jewelry Designer Rebecca de Ravenel

    Ann Mashburn is hosting jewelry designer Rebecca de Ravenel at her husband's store at the Brentwood Country Mart on Thursday, July 20 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

    The event is touted as a "one-day-only trunk show of girl stuff," including shirts, dresses, and de Ravenel's cult-favorite statement earrings, which have been a favorite of Insta-girls and actresses like Priyanka Chopra, Zoey Deutch and Emma Roberts. 

    Sid Mashburn: 225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

     

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  • Weddington Way Heads to Banana Repbulic in Santa Monica

    Weddington Way, as its name suggests, is looking to simplify your wedding by streamlining the process of looking for bridesmaids dresses. 

    Next week, the brand is opening a shop-in-shop at the Banana Republic store at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Bridal parties can book appointments to try on dresses, get fitted or look at sample swatches at the store. 

    1202 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

  • Balmain Opens West Coast Flagship Store

    Balmain has opened a West Coast flagship store which will carry its men's, women's and children's collections, as well as the complete, recently re-launched accessories line. The exterior of the store, located on Melrose Place in West Hollywood, is dark-green stucco, while the interior is inspired by Villa Balmain, the Italian vacation home of founder Pierre Balmain.

    "My California friends introduced me to the singular lifestyle, relaxed glamour and exhilarating openness, diversity and freedom that one finds [in Los Angeles]," said creative director Olivier Rousteing in a release. "And, of course, that intoxicating West Coast spirit has been reflected in my collections. So, in many ways coming to L.A. is almost as much as a homecoming as the opening of a new flagship.”

    8421 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

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