Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Given her past as an aspiring singer-turned-salesgirl-turned-designer, it's no surprise that Raquel Allegra's return to retail would blend raw edge with minimalist luxury. The LA designer soft-opened her first boutique on West Third Street last Friday, landing next door to Son of A Gun in Lotta Stensson's former shop.
Allegra collaborated with Montalba Architects to reinvision the 1,300-square-foot space, adding in two massive skylights and raising the ceiling to expose the store's original wooden joints. Industrial-modern touches include mid-century modern decor, brass fixtures and concrete walls, while teak wood accents and a crocheted textile window hanging nod to the designer's bohemian roots. Case in point: The store's door handle is made from a brass-dipped tree branch found at Allegra's Topanga Canyon cabin.In addition to the Raquel Allegra collection, the store will sell vintage jewelry, home goods and other collectables curated by Allegra.
On the racks, expect to find the designer's signature frayed-edge womenswear, including hand-dyed chiffon dresses, cashmere sweaters, printed silk tops, shredded tees, and more. In addition to offering mini versions of Allegra's tie-dyed tees for kids (they're limited edition, so get them before they're gone), the shop also offers a selection of vintage jewelry, home goods, and decor curated by the designer.
Raquel Allegra is open Monday to Saturday from10:30am to 6:30pm and Sunday from 11pm to 5pm.