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More than just jeans: Current/Elliott opens first boutique

Current/Elliott boutique

The 1,500-square-foot Current/Elliott boutique on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice is a beachy oasis with a marble center table, white oak floors and warm brass fixtures.

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There’s more to Current/Elliott than just boyfriend jeans.

That’s clear when you step inside the L.A. label’s first boutique, now open on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

The 1,500-square-foot space is a beachy oasis with a marble center table, white oak floors and warm brass fixtures. Leather sling chairs, potted cactus plants and an old record player spinning Fleetwood Mac tunes set the scene for Current/Elliott’s ever-expanding, worn-in universe.

On the racks are women’s fringed suede trucker jackets, oversized camo-patterned cardigan sweaters, plaid flannel tie-front shirt dresses, hand-drawn “Laurel Canyon” and “Venice” map T-shirts, and canvas coveralls inspired by Rosie the Riveter. The brand plans to launch men’s next fall.

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“We wanted everything in the store, every material, to get better with age — like our denim,” said Brett Ramey, vice president of creative for Current/Elliott and sister brands Equipment and Joie.

“Ninety percent of the collection is made in California, so it would make sense that our first store would be here,” she said.

Born out of a love for vintage Americana, Current/Elliott was founded in 2008 by celebrity stylists Emily Current and Meritt Elliott, who were instrumental in bringing the slouchy boyfriend style back into fashion. They left the brand in 2012. “It” girls like Katie Holmes, Reese Witherspoon and Rachel Bilson were early boosters.

The label sells through department and specialty stores, but a vacant spot on Abbot Kinney’s coveted stretch of retail real estate was too good an opportunity to pass up, said Current/Elliott Chief Executive Officer Jack Schwefel, who admits he considered putting the first store in Brooklyn before market research about its strong connection to California changed his mind.

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The boutique carries Current/Elliott’s full assortment of denim, including the classic Boyfriend cut, and the new Low Bell, Girl Crush and Flip-Flop flared styles. There are also a handful of one-of-a-kind pieces, such as embroidered shirts and work wear jackets. Weathered-looking blankets, pillows and bags made from patchworked denim remnants round out the lifestyle offerings. Prices range from $88 for a muscle T-shirt to $1,298 for a leather jacket.

“We didn’t want it just to be about 5-pocket denim,” Schwefel said. “We want everyone to understand the full picture of what we do — and all the details that go into the garments.”

Current/Elliott, 1132 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (424) 291-3300. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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