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When you think about it, Wasteland's new Valley outpost makes a lot of sense, since there are so many publicity-averse celebs, up-and-comers, wannabes, and stylists who call the 818 home. The recently opened space, sandwiched between Papyrus and Urban Outfitters on Ventura Blvd. near Laurel Canyon, is clean, bright and very hipster lofty. The store is impeccably merchandised, full of well-organized racks based on category: skirts, dresses, tops, pants, etc. and like the other locations, are split up by vintage or designer resale. They also have a good selection of brand new items, which work perfectly with the vintage items, and a small jewelry section at the front desk. During our first visit, we found a basically-brand-new pair of Christian Louboutin cream wedges for $175 and a Marc Jacobs tank top for $90 -- which originally retailed for $235, and we know this because it was so new it still had the tags attached.
We asked the sales clerk helping us how they received the clothes in the store already (since it' usually filled by customers in the area) and she said they brought in clothes from other locations. Also, a personal stylist for an Arab princess had come by with suitcases filled with various designer duds, all brand new, with the tags still attached. She also said that they put new merchandise on the floor daily. However, when we stopped by one other time that week (because we're shopaholics, alright?) we didn't notice any new additions - but we';re sure it's because they're still new on the block. We're crossing our fingers for people to bring in some more stuff. (Text and photos by Kika Davis)
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