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Rackage is a look inside recently-opened stores around town. Today, let's look inside TenOverSix on Beverly Boulevard.
Just weeks ago, the weathervane-topped brick cone building (à la a hobbit's abode) catty-corner to BLD was just one of LA's random architectural anomalies. But, yesterday, the sweet space was officially reborn as TenOverSix, the neighborhood's next best destination for all things accessory.
Although the "soft" opening fête officially began at 11am (according to the store's official hours), the party really picked up around 6pm, when friends and family sauntered in and discovered a playful explosion of color and design. Owner and shoe designer Kristen Lee—clad in a quirky strapless heather number with a consciously exposed black bra and thin white belt—mingled with a decidedly eastside crowd, who sipped red and white wine, noshed on cheese plates from BLD and satisfied sweet tooth cravings with fruits skewers and tasty Parisian macaroons.
Eye candy is everywhere here, as visitors were immediately greeted with displays of SHIH clutches, kitschy gifts and a big bowl of Jolly Ranchers alongside a small seating area. A white porcelain brick counter was topped with treasures like handmade Rowena Sartin bracelets made from the designer's leftover silk. And Sartin isn't the only designer to join the accessories game for an exclusive TenOverSix moment, as up-and-comer Whitley Kros also created scarves for the occasion, displayed amidst jewelry along one wall.
Just across the way, stark white gesturing (not obscenely) hands, placed sporadically up towards the ceiling, act as hangers for beautiful totes and satchels and such on the store's "Bag Wall." Like everything else in this much needed shop, the prices range dramatically from $80 to about $1,400 for these goodies. "The price point is high-contemporary, low-designer," Lee explains.
Although only about 70% of wares from the 100 involved designers have arrived, the store—from the exposed brick The Future Perfect gift, home decor and menswear shop-in-shop (the original store is in NYC) to the bright coral vintage and salon space towards the back—offer plenty of spectacle. "We really want to support the emerging designer market," Lee impassions.
With truly fab shoes by Tashkent, Botkier and Lee herself displayed on Mad Hatter-style chairs scattered up a white wall and surfing scenes projected nearby, shopping at TenOverSix is more of an experience than just a purchasing excursion. And we're just glad that they've finally arrived!
· Now Open: TenOverSix on Beverly [Racked]
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