Frida Kahlo
At South Pasadena's Koi, offbeat suits them
At South Pasadena's Koi, offbeat suits them

Window shopping is an imaginative and immersive experience at Koi boutique in South Pasadena. Mannequins dressed in fantastical costumes made of ordinary objects like tea bags, Slinkies and surgical gloves pop up every August and January to dazzle the eyes of passers-by and draw attention to the shop's twice-a-year sales. The items Koi sells inside are just as distinctive. "People plan their vacations around our sales," inhouse jewelry designer Brenda Henriques maintains. So for the past eight years, Koi has been transforming its 1926 building with these colorful presentations — tassels become slippers, planters become sleeves, plastic forks become feathers in a...