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Society for Rational Dress debuts Barneys Co-Op line

March 08, 2009|Max Padilla

Society for Rational Dress, a 5-year-old line designed by San Fernando Valley native Corinne Grassini, kicks into high gear this month with its private-label collection for Barneys Co-Op -- featuring rayon mini-tunics and scoop-neck tanks with leather details ($158 to $163) -- and an appearance on the GenArt runway to kick off L.A. Fashion Week. Grassini is also launching the Reserve, an appointment-only store open to the public, on Saturday.

The Reserve, in Grassini's Downtown Arts District studio, will feature a special collection of "green" garments made from remnant fabrics and surplus trims, with prices starting at $55 for a T-shirt and $250 for a dress. The store will also carry the label's signature leather harnesses ($950), reinterpreted past-season designs ($40 to $230) and a selection of footwear including jazz flats ($150 to $250).

"We want the store to be a green way to lessen our waste as a company," Grassini says. "We already had the space. And with a lot of retail accounts having trouble, we can better connect with our customer."

255 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Madewell Tuesday: The trendy basics purveyor for young women unveils a new store at the Americana at Brand, its second L.A. outpost, and will give away canvas L.A. map totes on opening day. Madewell offers lower prices than parent company J.Crew, along with a denim bar featuring four fits and 35 washes, including colors. The new shop debuts its spring collection with head-to-toe looks such as $58 waistcoats, $24 boyfriend tees, $69.50 bleached crop jeans and $88 metallic T-strap sandals.

716 Americana Way, Glendale. (818) 243-1096. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Clarks Thursday: The British footwear brand famous for its desert boots and wallabees launches its Glendale Galleria location with an opening-day drawing for a $500 shoe wardrobe. The new store will stock the Clarks kids' shoe collection (sizes 0 to 8), a staple in the United Kingdom, plus shoes starting at $59.99 for women and $69.99 for men.

2148 Glendale Galleria, Glendale. (818) 545-9524. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.


Oou Today until Saturday: The Los Feliz Village boutique has a one-week-only 10%-off sale on new spring styles and designer vintage. Choose from contemporary lines Myne, Quail and Something by Something Else, with prices ranging from $48 for tops to $350 for dresses, plus graphic-print T-shirts and dresses from hot brand Seneca Rising ($48 to $129). Finds for less than $100 include looks from Mink Pink from Australia (tops starting at $38, dresses at $78) plus Mogil and Melissa plastic shoes from Brazil.

1764 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 665-6263. Noon to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Pendleton Ongoing until May 31: The century-old maker of woolens and weekend looks is launching a "backroom" sale of previous season styles at its South Bay location. For men, deals include the trademark men's board shirt for $59 (originally $98), $59 lightweight wool button-downs ($108) and a $44 short-sleeve board shirt ($88). Women can find blouses and sweaters priced from $15 to $49 and Native American-inspired print jackets for $238 ($318).

2809 Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance. (310) 539-2725. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.


Recess Ongoing until March 31: To celebrate its one-year anniversary, the nail spa with eco-friendly nontoxic treatments is offering two specials: a $50 manicure-pedicure every day and two-for-one services from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Treatments are formaldehyde- and paraben-free in a space constructed to follow Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, guidelines.

8408 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 782-9919. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


GenArt Friday: The biannual showcase featuring emerging designers leads off BoxEight's L.A. fashion week downtown with designers Raquel Allegra, GRAI and Society for Rational Dress. Tickets in support of the nonprofit are available online ($40 to $75) and include an after-party with DJ Jasepi.

615 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. 7 to 11 p.m. (323) 782-9367.


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