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Bohemian Bliss On The LES

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“There’s something fundamentally hippie-dippy about us,” said cloak designer Lindsey Thornburg last night at the opening of she and Some Odd Rubies designers Ruby Canner and Summer Phoenix’s new Lower East Side store. “We just accept it. It’s always going to be there.”

Indeed, the trio’s new shop, which, appropriately named One One Four, is nestled on 114 Stanton Street, has its bohemian elements, like vintage dressing screens, raw wood floors, and racks that hang from braided fabric. And it would seem that, considering Thornburg was raised between Montana and Colorado and Canner was brought up on a commune in Tennessee, the boutique’s cool, rural accents, like animal skulls on display tables, pink roses in old water jugs, and a rusted metal lamp in the shape of a peace sign, stem from the designers’ childhood memories. “It’s earthy and institutional!” jokes Canner, who met Thornburg back in 2003.

The store carries pieces from ready-to-wear label In Residence, sunglasses by Thierry Lasry, shoes from Pointer, and a host of unusual albeit covetable jewelry. But naturally, the main event is its founders collections. Walking by a rack displaying her fall range among Some Odd Rubies’ reimagined vintage wares, Thornburg noted that she found the inspiration for her herringbone alpaca capes and tribal-print dresses during a recent safari in Africa. The sage that burned while shoppers perused the store’s offerings was a token from her trip, too. “I picked it in Botswana while watching hippopotamuses,” she said. Next on Thornburg’s travel radar? A holiday yoga retreat in Big Sur. She’s not sure if she’ll return with anything for the shop. Rather, she hopes to pick up a keepsake of another sort. “I’m just planning on bringing back some clarity.”

One One Four is located at 114 Stanton Street, NYC.

Photo: Ben Russell

A Residence Worth Visiting

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There are plenty of giant department stores already in Los Angeles. For their new boutique, In Residence, co-owners Rachel Salzman and Tracey Moulton (above) preferred to think small. “We didn’t want to be just another retail outlet for brands that already have a million other outlets for their voice,” Salzman explains. “We wanted to be a unique destination.” And by setting up shop in a still relatively retail-free neighborhood and stocking labels under-represented in L.A., they’re doing just that.

In Residence sits on a stretch of Sawtelle Boulevard that includes nurseries, authentic Japanese groceries, and a well-trafficked restaurant row. (The neighborhood, just steps from the fabled—and often standstill—405 Freeway, is historically Japanese-American.) “We have a lot in common with the area as a brand,” Salzman says. “There’s this amazing foot traffic, and all the people that eat and hang out there are the people we want shopping in our store. There’s just no store there right now for them to shop at.” Now on offer for them? Electric Feathers’ silk dresses and jumpers (last seen at the Surf Lodge in Montauk over the summer), swing coats from H. Fredriksson, Boyy’s unstructured totes (a favorite of Alexa Chung), and the duo’s own budget-friendly house line. At present, the tightly edited In Residence label consists of the girls’ four favorite pieces, including the perfect crewneck tee and an addictively soft, vintage-inspired sweatshirt, starting at just $28.

In Residence, 2051 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., (310) 312-2049, www.weareinresidence.com.

Photos: Courtesy of In Residence