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Australian-Filled Boutique Aust Swaps Spaces on Abbot Kinney

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While DTLA awaits its fix of Down Under fashion, Abbot Kinney's resident Aussies have made it easier for style stars to shop its inventory of Oz talents. Last Friday, the indie boutique moved from its cool hideaway behind Fiore Designs to Topo Ranch's street-facing former space.

"We had some epic times at our old down-the-path spot for sure, but it was time to grow," says stylish shopkeep Hannah Wang, who now runs the store solo. "In the couple years we had there I feel like I learnt so much about business. We were able to test out ideas and feel out the vibe we wanted, and it gave me the confidence to take it to the next level."

Landing next door to organic mattress shop Keetsa and across from Kreation Kafe, the space continues to stock womenswear, menswear, and accessories from cult-fave Australian labels like Bec & Bridge, Zimmermann, C/meo Collective, Shakuhachi, and many others. The sleek interiors were dreamed up by local designer Katie Hodges, and the party-loving shop also features an outdoor area for hosting more events.

"We're in a really up-and-coming part of the street with businesses such as Current/ Elliott, Kit and Ace, Butcher's Daughter, and Blue Star Donuts opening around us," Wang adds. "Amongst all the corporations starting to pop up on the street, it feels great to be holding our ground as an independent company."

Aust is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 7pm and Sunday from 12 to 7pm.