The little blue box that makes ladies swoon: Yes, that little blue box. Tiffany & Co. is coming to Santa Barbara. At 3,400 square feet, the La Cumbre store will be enormous, not to mention enormously conveniently open for business on November 21, just in time for the holidays. Men, gird your loins!
As it is in life, so it is in style: The one constant in Santa Barbara shopping is change. Mom-and-pop StylePhile shop Outfit, which opened on the 1000 block of State Street in May, has relocated to 428 State Street. Wherever it is, Outfit is always worth a visit, for cool duds and chic imports that’ll keep him, her, and home up-to-date and la mode. : Longtime costume lender/vintage vista Victorian Vogue/The Costume Shoppe is planning a move, too, to 4289 State Street. While the news of not-so-downtown digs is a bummer, allow me to soften the blow: Word is, the new space will have an even bigger vintage inventory, and, between now and mid December, everything in the current spot (1224 State St.) is 10-50 percent off. : Finally, Old Navy (1137 State St.) just opened its doors earlier this week. We knew they wouldn’t want to miss out on Black Friday action. Performance fleece, anyone?
As seen on TV: For a relatively small town, S.B. is home to quite a bit of boob-tube talent. Speaking of boobs, Ricky Lizalde, one of the designers on the new season of Project Runway, made a name for himself in construction: as in lingerie. He’s created underthings for the likes of Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and Vera Wang, and Miss Kitty has his eponymous line at her naughty little shop, Purrmission (18 W. Calle Laureles). : Those who are in the market for wedding-night lingerie, take note: S.B. event producer Scott Corridan, of Corridan and Co., will be producing Scott Baio’s wedding for his VH1 show, Scott Baio is 45 : and Single. Counterintuitive title aside, I have no doubt Corridan will be in charge!
Spotlight On: Be the Buddha
A little over a year ago, designer/surfer/yogi Tom Mattson, who’d just returned from a trip through South America, dreamed up an idea with his pal Trenton Clark, who’d just returned from a trip around Nepal and India. Wouldn’t it be cool, they thought, “if we were doing our own thing, to create a corporate culture that we define, and to get involved with things that we’re passionate about?” Cool indeed. They put their heads and respective experience together, and Super Buddha, a fair-trade, sweatshop-free, globally influenced clothing line that uses organic fabrics and promotes “positive propaganda” is the result. Mattson, who’d worked as an apparel designer, art director, designer, and producer for everyone from Barry Manilow to the Surfrider Foundation, wasn’t hurting for experience, and the Super Buddha collection proves it. The duds are made from 100 percent combed ring-spun cotton to offer a better look, feel, and fit, and the Eastern-inspired, silk-screened designs ooze a message of cool consciousness that doesn’t take itself too seriously. (“It’s a global design collective, everyone together : so Super Buddha is kind of like the superego, but better,” Mattson said.) From the get go, Super Buddha opted to join One Percent for the Planet, a global alliance of companies that donate one percent of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide. And even though they’ve already outgrown their Santa Barbara silk-screening studio, Mattson and Clark opted to keep the production they’ve had to outsource strictly local. Their line has been picked up by several stores nationwide; in Santa Barbara, look for Super Buddha at Arcobaleno Trade and Bikram Yoga, or check out their Web site, superbuddha.net.
Rather than getting sucked into the Scrooge-making mall-trolling madness, why not get a chunk of your yuletide shopping done at a place that’s actually pleasant to visit, not to mention categorically devoid of bad department store lighting? Treasure trove Cominichi’s at Mom’s (421 E. Cota St.) is having its first-ever all-vendor sale the weekend after Thanksgiving: Everything will be 20-80 percent off, Saturday and Sunday, November 24-25, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. : If flea markets are your cuppa chai, Cominichi’s Carpinterian counterpart Punch Interieur (4950 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria) is hosting a “moving” sale every weekend through the first weekend of December. Owner Sara Gehris isn’t sure where the new location will be, but stop by to score 50 percent off her eclectic goods and to offer her your support. [UPDATE: Punch has since moved to 1223 State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.] : And if you make it to Carp this Saturday, November 17, hit up 410 Palm Avenue, Suite 2A, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., to check out a trunk show featuring haute designs from eMBe Group, all offered at 60 percent off retail. : Midtown jewelry/art/apparel purveyor Bee’s Wing Arts (3001 State St.) will host its annual holiday open house on Saturday, December 8, from 3-7 p.m. Stop by for music, refreshments, and, of course, retail therapy.
Check Out: A Stitch in time
What do your grandma, Russell Crowe, and Madonna have in common? Knitting, of course! While it’s enjoyed a high-profile renaissance as of late, it’s easy to understand the craft’s age-old appeal: Knitting is creative, meditative, and tactile, and when you’re done, you get the satisfaction of having made something. With the current chill in the air, what better time to get cracking on that scarf?
1) Brand-new Loop & Leaf (536 Brinkerhoff Ave.; 845-4696; loopandleaf.com) offers everything from superwash wools to cashmeres, as well as loose-leaf teas, to keep you warm while you work. Classes coming soon!
2) Knit & Pearl Boutique (5 E. Figueroa St.; 963-3930; knitsb.blogspot.com) is knitting with a conscience: The shop focuses on organic, natural fibers, donates remnants from events to school and prison programs, and partners with organizations that benefit communities worldwide, like Indonesia’s Mango Moon, which provides shelter and support for abused women in exchange for their work spinning fair-trade yarns.
3) Cardigans (3030 State St.;569-0531, cardigansknitshop.com) is becoming home to needle-wielding hobbyists. The shop offers classes, Wednesday Night Knits, and special events featuring superstars of the knitting world (yes, there are some). Check out Twisted Sisters’ beaded purse event coming up on November 29.