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For those of you who have been living under a rock, the new and shiny Santa Monica Place opened last weekend amid much media hoopla and general public excitement. Despite the fact that some of the stores aren't even open yet—including one of the anchors, Nordstrom—droves of people showed up on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to see the new addition at the end of the Third Street Promenade.
The mall doesn't offer much that you can't find in other parts of Los Angeles, but it sure wraps it all up into one big, pretty package with an ocean view. We've told you about the Bloomingdale's, but aren't you curious about the rest of the stores? (Although judging by the traffic in the area this weekend, there are maybe 3 people left in the greater LA area who haven't visited the mall already.) The good news: lots of space and lots of high-end retailers. The bad news: most stores don't have sale sections yet.
The Barney's Co-Op is big and stocks all the usual suspects for men and women—Alexander Wang, James Perse, Rag & Bone, A.L.C., Marc by Marc Jacobs, 7 for all Mankind, Phillip Lim and more. The purse wall is big and beckoning, and we guarantee is will be the first thing you gravitate towards once you enter the doors. The Fluxus store is the biggest one yet and stocks the entire fall collection, which the other stores haven't received. We loved the combination of turquoise and black, plus all the unique draping, although we just can't quite get behind knit pants just yet.
The All Saints store is gigantic and worth browsing for the variety of merchandise inside. The shoe wall is impressive and the rugged sewing machine decor is carried over from their Robertson store. The Burberry store is small, but is a concept store focusing on the Burberry Brit and Sport collections—much more casual than what you'll find near Rodeo. The emphasis here is on denim and outerwear, with very, very few accessories. The 7 for all Mankind store stocks the new Mika Ninagawa collab, Cosabella panties and a shocking amount of studs and sequins. The Michael Kors store is small with a heavy emphasis on handbags, shoes and watches. The Ever outpost is also small, but packs a lot of punch into the tiny space. The Kitson outpost is two floors of craziness, while Louis Vuitton is one large corner lot of luxury. Check out the second floor near Bloomingdale's for fast fashion from the likes of Charlotte Russe, Angl and Love Culture.
Overall, the mall is a pleasure to shop and eat at (we'll let our sisters at Eater LA tell you all about that part), but at the end of the day is just that—a mall.
· Santa Monica Place [Official Site]
· All Santa Monica Place Coverage [Racked LA]