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Amy Finley | Photo: Courtesy Image | July 8, 2013
No rest for the weary! While the rest of us are lounging, tanning, beating the heat or otherwise making plans to get the heck out of Dodge for a little summer vacay, a slew of A-list retailers have been busily pounding the plywood. Here’s the best of the recent new openings, remodels and makeovers.
1. Following a February opening in West Hollywood, Tommy Hilfiger set sail for S.D., smashing a Champagne bottle over the bow of its new Fashion Valley shop. Poppy details (a shell-strewn 1964 VW bug, miniature palm trees) inside the custom-designed 8,500-square-foot space evoke California cool while staying true to the brand’s All American aesthetic. On offer? The prince of prep’s complete line, including fab buttondowns and boat shoes we’re ready to make cornerstones of our rest-of-summer wardrobe. Fashion Valley, tommy.com
2. Dear Madewell: Thank you for offering such perennially perfect pieces, like the chambray shirt we wear everywhere (and with everything), those perfect filmy little low-key print dresses, and denim that honors and facilitates our commitment to wearing jeans on every day of the week that ends in “Y.” Rumor true? That for fall the Denim Bar gets high-performance with new no-bagging fabric? Love it! Oh, and also loving the new Fashion Valley store, and UTC opening at the end of July! You complete us. Fashion Valley and UTC, madewell.com
3. How big is activewear label Lorna Jane in its native Australia? As measured by Facebook—where it has the most ‘likes’ of any women’s clothing label down under—it’s HUGE! Find the line, with pieces for Pilates and yoga, running, dancing and outdoor workouts, in its new UTC digs, the brand’s first S.D. outpost. Om! UTC, lornajane.com
4. Things we’ve long loved about the Puma outlet: colorful kicks with a retro twist, top-notch sports equipment, stylish gear to liven our grueling workouts. Things we loved less? That gloomy warehouse vibe. Enter S.D. design/architecture firm Colckitt & Co., who’ve spent the last three years giving the global face of Puma a refresher. Check out the stunning green design (recycled metals in the displays, renewable bamboo in the woodwork, recycled leather in the seating) at the brand’s recently made-over Carlsbad Outlets location. 5610 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, puma.com
5. North Park’s Pigment is imminently browsable, the type of home design shop where we’ll happily while away the hours cruising between kitchen vignettes (cookbooks, accessories), mod furnishings (some refurbished around the corner at the Pigment workshop), boho-cool jewelry and dripping succulents of the Plant Lab. When the hipster mecca moved two doors down on 30th Street, it doubled its floor space. Twice as much to love! (Tip: follow owner/artist Amy Paul’s blog on the Pigment website for styling inspo, interviews with featured artists, merchandise previews and DIY instructions.) 3801 30th Street, shoppigment.com