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We made the drive over the hill last weekend to check out the new Nordstrom Rack in Burbank. It's located in a huge, sprawling outdoor mall that's reminiscent of the Camarillo outlets -- unfort, the Rack is the only upscale retail outlet there, but there is one big-ass Ulta in the same mall. Since it isn't LA proper, there's a huge lot with free parking, but similar to Camarillo, the lot fills up quickly and if you don't get there early, you'll have to make a long trek.
As far as Nordstrom Racks go, this one is pretty by-the-numbers. You won't find higher end labels like Burberry, Phillip Lim, St. John, or Jil Sander, like you will at the Topanga Canyon or South Coast Plaza stores, but this one is much bigger than either Glendale or BevCenter Annex. They had a designer shoe section, but we found it to be pretty hit or miss: some D&G clogs, Burberry rainboots, and spiky Dolce & Gabbana pink stilettos. If you're into Coach or Cole Haan, you'll be delighted.
Like most of the other Racks, this one carries the same mix of "probably never been anywhere near the floor of a full-line Nordstrom" merchandise, mass market premium denim from Seven for All Mankind, Joe's and True Religion, and a mix of last season and season before last season odds and ends. The store has three rounders full of Savvy/TBD merchandise that were joyously free of Juicy sweats and instead offered recent merchandise from Diane VonFurstenberg, Haute Hippie, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Leifsdotter and Winter Kate. This Rack also offered a generously stocked selection of hair care products, with lots of Pureology and Kerastase.
For men, the story wasn't so great (but it never is at the outlets). If you want True Religion jeans or Nike t-shirts, boy! are you in luck. There was a small stash of Kenneth Cole professional attire and English Laundry oxfords, but we doubt that the selection would be one to excite a fashionisto.
For all of our pillaging, our sole reward was a Rebecca Minkoff coated canvas computer bag that we scored for $70 -- admittedly, we probably only purchased it because we'd been there for hours and didn't want to leave empty handed. We'll probably go back, once it's been open for a month or so and has seen the ebb and flow of customer returns and transfers from other stores.
· Nordstrom [Official Site]