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The new Arts & Leisure popup at Space 15 Twenty brings a slice of New York cool to LA. The high concept shop, curated by Sophomore's Chrissie Miller, features some of New York's finest (and hippest) artists and designers: the jaw-dropping list includes everyone from Vena Cava, Cynthia Rowley, United Bamboo and Proenza Schouler on the leisure side, and Terry Richardson, Richard Kern, Jack Early and Ryan McGinley on the arts side.The popup did a soft opening party on Saturday night, and we were on hand to inspect the goods.

Make no mistake -- as is befitting one of the world's most expensive cities, the good stuff ain't cheap. The cheapest Proenza pieces we saw were tissue-weight, abstract printed long tees, for $193 -- and the range went up to $1,500 (nope, sorry, no PS1s). Skirts and dresses from the moltenly hot label Suno started at $270. There are some good buys on really unique items -- for example, the Cynthia Rowley sample shoes are $225 - $250 (we only saw 39s and 40s), and the big chunky Pamela Love cuffs are $185. If you really want a piece of Arts & Leisure, Sophomore offers some utilitarian tees starting at $40 -- and no joke, there are Cynthia Rowley printed screwdrivers, tape measures and staplers for $10.

Though it's true we consider ourselves to be a woman of letters, we didn't spend much time examining the magazines and art. (But can you blame us?) But they've created a little library in the space, complete with a comfy sofa for lounging, reading and fraternzing. We're guessing the selection must be good, since NYC occupies such a pivotal space in both the worlds of art and publishing. Not advocating that you judge a book by its cover (or title), but how can you not love a little magazine called Zina Cava?

The popup goes through August 28. Watch this space for announcement on future festivities -- word is that the Space will throw a proper opening party, and there's also rumor of another party to be emceed by The Misshapes.
· Arts & Leisure [Official Site]

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