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HUNTINGTON BEACH—Boho brand Cleobella was inspired (in part) by owner Angela O'Brien's travels to Bali, where their beautiful handcrafted bags and accessories are sourced. The company's latest line of clothing is equally appealing to the free-spirited customer, but takes a bit of flair influenced by another country: Spain. The fittingly named "Spanish Rose" collection, which features details like fringe and embroidery, will officially launch at Cleobella's flagship boutique (16792 14th Street) this Thursday at 6pm with a fiesta that includes a tapas bar, complimentary sips, a live performance by The Futures League, and a pop-up from hip hat brand Brixton.
MELROSE—Designer Carla Fernandez creates contemporary clothing using practically extinct techniques derived from her native Mexico. In this sense, the self-proclaimed "ethical engineer" is concerned with much more than couture; she aims to preserve the traditions of her homeland and utilize hand-craftsmanship. Now the designer has compiled her processes into a text, "The Barefoot Designer: A Handbook," which celebrates its release this Friday at heralded vintage boutique Decades (8214 Melrose Avenue). From 4-7pm, guests can get their copy signed by Fernandez herself, explore a curated collection of her vintage handcrafted clothing, and enjoy Montelobos mezcal drinks and light bites. RSVP for the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendees are encouraged to carpool/Uber since parking will be limited.