This week’s openings and sample sales
Juicy Couture Malibu (March 29) It’s about time Juicy landed in Malibu, the unofficial capital of Uggs and tracksuits and home to one of the two founders of this fashion phenom. The new boutique, stationed at the upscale yet rustic Malibu Country Market, right off PCH, will offer the full Juicy Couture world, including the kids and accessories collections. And all that salty sea air might have you looking, or at least feeling, as young as the clothes you’re buying. 3900 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu; (310) 317-9240; www.juicycouture.com; Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.CO-OP Barneys New York (on-going) The Grove can now claim the first free-standing Co-op in L.A., and Barneys’ acolytes can hardly contain themselves. Inside they will find the expected array of cool-casual picks from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Splendid, Rebecca Taylor, Roberto Del Carlo, Antik Batik, Bing Bang, Lulu Frost, and Wendy Mink. If you can stand the Oldies cover bands and manage to part the sea of tourists, the new digs offer a more convenient (and less pretentious) way to get a Barneys’ fix without crossing into the 90210.
The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles; (323) 761-5255; www.thegrovela.com; Mon.--Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri.--Sat., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m.--8 p.m.
A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz (ends March 31) Known as the best place for runway knockoffs, A.B.S.'s Pasadena outpost is holding a relocation sale with deep discounts of up to 80% off (prices start at $29). Not a bad time to check out their newly launched men’s line either. 15 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; (626) 577-8505; www.absstyle.com; Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SAMPLE SALESBuilt By Wendy Spring Sample Sale (March 30-April 1) You gotta love a gal with the street credibility to attract clients like Parker Posey and Kim Gordon, and the cool enough to create a line of home sewing patterns for Simplicity and design for Wrangler Jeans. At her very cute Fairfax District shop she opened here two years ago, New York-based designer Wendy Mullin is offering branded wares up to 70% on past season collections. If you’re lucky you might even be able to snag a few of her signature guitar straps on sale.
7938 W. Third St., Los Angeles; (323) 651-1902; www.builtbywendy.com;Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun., noon to 6 p.m.
DD Push The Spring Clearance Parking Lot Sample Sale (March 30-April 1) DD Push brings her myspace designer discount shop to the Melrose boutique, Ma Du Zi, and fills its parking lot with A Common Thread, Chlo, Costume National, Frankie B., Jean Paul Gaultier, Juicy Couture, Levi’s, Moschino, Paper Denim & Cloth, Paul Smith and Velvet and all marked down from 50% to 90%. Spending your weekend walking around a parking lot never felt so fabulous. 7959 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles; www.myspace.com/ddpush; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun., noon to 7 p.m.