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We were recently at a party where a dude was explaining to us that, while he had 5,000 channels to choose from, he trusted his TV-watching needs to HBO. "I like having a manageable selection of shows?and they've been vetted by a source I trust," he explained.
If that sounds like your shopping philosophy, you're probably going to dote on The Runway Outlet. It's the boutique formerly known as the Circle—new owner, new look, new lineup. They recently had a Grand ReOpening; we went to inspect and discovered a comfortable showroom well-stocked with merchandise from indie designers we knew (Jenny Han, Saint Grace, Smoke and Mirrors, LD Tuttle), super friendly employees—and a full house of shoppers.
It's a big selection that offers a few unexpected treasures (hello, $10 bin!), but it doesn't feel hodgepodge or piecemeal. It's all carefully selected —the lines are all different, and cover all the bases: tees, knitwear, casual basics, dresses, jeans, shoes, jewelry and loungewear. There's even bedding and an assortment of clothing for men. Apart from the super-luxe bedding and shoes, we didn't see anything over $100. And most of it was well under, like Jenny Han dresses for $65, Saint Grace knit pants for $30.
For us, the big discovery was LA-based The Battalion, a collection of eco-friendly casual pieces. The pieces are made out of bamboo: the softest, drapiest fabric you've ever had next to your skin, almost. Our favorite pieces were red moto-inspired leggings and a white belted vest with architectural details. We just about flipped when we perused the $25/five for $100 rack out front and found several of these unique, wearable pieces. (BTW, we also found a few pieces from LA fave Meghan on the same rack.)
It's definitely the place that merits frequent visits: the inventory turns over quickly, for one thing. And the owner told us she's working on creating a "rotating" sample sale, with up-and-coming designers from other cities around the country.
The Runway Outlet is open 12pm to 7pm, Friday to Saturday; 12pm to 6pm on Sunday (closed Monday). Give 'em a call at (323) 522-6192.
· The Runway Outlet [Official Site]