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Letters from LA's New Names and Intimate Vibe

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Slightly off the beaten shopping path in LA, Letters from LA, an adorable and simply laid-out boutique, has popped up in Eagle Rock. Owner Sasha Martinus named the shop after conversations with her sister who lives in Norway (not after the Brett Easton Ellis book). There's a collection of amazing vintage typewriters on the center table in the shop to evoke the name.

Martinus' line of light silk pieces, Saffie, is featured in the shop, as well as other local and international designers, including Mount Washington's Nikki Montoya's culty-luxe eponymous jewelry line. Letters from LA is the first boutique in the states to carry Ellen Truijen's simple and super soft leather handbags, which Martinus found while shopping with her sister in Amsterdam. The boutique is also the first in California to carry the up-and-coming Australian line, Strummer (think APC meets a perfect vintage collection). We are now lusting after Strummer's green suede and wood sandal for summer.

To celebrate their Grand Opening, Letters From LA is hosting a party this Saturday from 6-9. In addition to the browsing excitment, there's $100 gift card raffle and a portion of the proceeds from sales at the event will go to the Japan Society. (Lizz Wasserman)
· Letters from LA [BlogSpot]