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Global gems have their eye on indie shopping stretch Abbot Kinney. After landing Dutch clothing shop Scotch & Soda in April and Canadian lifestyle brand Roots in June, and with Aussie beauty shop Aesop on its way, the Venice street welcomes Irish-bred knitwear designer Margaret O'Leary to the block.
Designed by renowned retail architect Chris Barriscale, the 900-square-foot space boasts a warm, yet minimalist atmosphere with airy white fixtures, wood wall panels and white painted brick. In addition to the designer's own line of beach-ready women's apparel in signature yarns like lush cotton and cashmere (with men's sweaters hitting the racks this fall), the shop will also stock gear from hometown heroes Clover Canyon, plus jewelry from Irit Ehrlich and Julieri, and bags and shoes from Calleen Cordero.
Following the success of her Venice and Manhattan Beach shops, San-Francisco-based O'Leary—whose fans include A-listers like Madonna, Kate Hudson and Halle Berry—chose Abbot Kinney as the spot for her 10th boutique because "it's one of the great walking streets in the LA region with fab restaurants, and it reminds me of Europe." Check out the shop Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm and Sunday from 10am to 7pm. Stay tuned for deets on the upcoming grand opening bash.
· Margaret O'Leary [Official Site]
· Aesop Bringing Aussie Apothecary to Abbot Kinney [Racked]
· Inside Roots' Sweats-and-Leather Mecca on Abbot Kinney [Racked]
· Scotch & Soda Opens Its First SoCal Store on Abbot Kinney [Racked]
· Where Designer Jerome Rousseau Shops For Shoes in Venice [Racked]