File This One Under D: For “duh.” As in, why didn’t I think of that? Pop quiz: What’s the one wardrobe item no Barbarino can live without? Hint: It’s not a little black dress. Think all-ages, unisex necessity, and as integral to 805 life as sunglasses, anti-frizz hair product, and directions to La Super Rica. (Yes, I’ve been to Los Agaves. But Super Rica’s chilaquiles shall never be outdone.) The answer, of course, is flip-flops. And about a month ago, the Flip-Flop Shop opened its doors in Paseo Nuevo, in the spot that was once Mel’s-and more recently eMBe. Inside, men, women, kids, and grown-ups can find flips to suit any taste, from the barest bones to the most trendily embellished, from labels including Flojos, Hurley, Astrodeck, O’Neill, Sanuk, Havaianas, OluKai, Cobian, Reef, and Ocean Minded. My crystal ball predicts they’re going to do just fine. Genius. Evil genius.
Summer Shoes and Fashion Updates
Flip-Flop Shop Opens, Blue Bee Adds an Outlet, and Other Style News
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Keeping it Hot: Women’s mags proclaiming the secrets to a spicy sex life instruct: to heighten the heat, mix it up. Presumably the same logic holds true for lingerie slingers; ergo, underthings overlordess Miss Kitty has remodeled Purrmission (18 W. Calle Laureles), saturating the space with even more bras, sleepwear, and myriad unmentionables. Stop in to get the treatment from her expert fitters; then shop for a (properly sized!) piece from Cosabella, Le Mystere, Prima Donna, Chantelle, Eberjey, Simone Perele, and many more. Batteries not required (not for the bras anyway).
So Sheik: StylePhiles up for bargain-hunting, closet-cleaning, and other era-appropriate means of achieving a fashion fix should make note of a new consignment shop, Sheik Boutique (11 W. Arrellaga St.). The recently opened space offers stylish, seasonal consignment pieces, as well as inventory adopted from some shops that recently called it quits (which stores those might be is hush-hush). Manager Skye Taylor takes consignments by appointment Monday-Friday, and already has amassed a notable cache of bags, denim (Rock & Republic appears to be a favorite), and shoes, from everyone from Michael Kors to Manolo.
Economic Blues: In Santa Barbara terms, the clearest possible sign of the times has arrived: Blue Bee has opened a discount outlet. The word “discount” undeniably is relative, but the store, dubbed Blue Bee Off State (9 E. Figueroa St.) carries goods for men and women from all of the other Blue Bee shops-all at least 30 percent off. The space formerly was Blue Bee Kids, and some of the pint-sized designer duds remain, though they’re phasing out kids’ stuff to make room for more grown-up bargains. What’s next? A happy hour menu at Lucky’s? Hmmm. This recession might not be half bad :
By Paul Wellman