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Ooga Booga heads west to Keep Co.

The Chinatown apparel, art and accessories shop branches out into the Fairfax Avenue shoe store for the holiday season.

November 22, 2009|By Max Padilla
  • MINI-STORE: Ooga Booga takes its wares to Fairfax.
MINI-STORE: Ooga Booga takes its wares to Fairfax. (Keep Company )

Ooga Booga is a retail apparel store that doubles as an affordable art gallery, carrying items including clothing and accessories by Opening Ceremony and Slow and Steady Wins the Race, as well as pieces from well-known artists such as Mike Kelley, Ed Templeton and Terence Koh. The shop, open for almost six years, has become a beloved Chinatown destination known for its quirky merchandise and ongoing roster of events.

To reach out to those who don't cross the 110 Freeway too often, Ooga Booga heads west to Fairfax Avenue, where proprietor Wendy Yao has opened a temporary mini-shop inside Keep Co.'s shoe store on Fairfax Avenue in time for holiday gifting, with most merchandise priced at less than $100.

The Ooga Booga holiday mini-store arty accessories, such as jewelry from Berlin's cult brand Bless ($15 to $28) and backpacks from Sweden's Fjallraven Kanken ($80). The store also features merchandise selected by Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who chose mix tapes by K Records' Calvin Johnson, along with Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, who picked ceramic apple pipes by artist Lisa Sitko ($80) and "Gore," the book collaboration by the band Black Dice and Jason Frank Rothenberg ($45), respectively.

Other gift ideas include coffee table tomes, Ashley Thayer handmade quilts ($390) and Keep x Ooga Booga apricot-persimmon fruit preserves or pickles. Keep Shoes, which makes comfy women's and kid's shoes in eco-friendly fabrics such as bamboo, will be hawking new styles, including its Shaheen desert boot in silver and fold-over chambray Ramos boot (both $75).

"Keep is about family and working with the community," says Una Kim, who founded the shoe brand three years ago. "Wendy and I have a history where we were both involved in the music and arts scene. And the holidays are about family, so we decided to bring her into the store."

523 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 655-1010. Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 31. SALES

Camarillo and Desert Hills Outlets Friday through Sunday: Brand-name outlets are opening at midnight for Black Friday madness, lopping off discounts on prices already discounted 25% to 65%.

740 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo. (805) 445-8520. 48400 Seminole Drive, Cabazon. (951) 849-6641.

Hours at both locations: Midnight to 10 p.m. Friday. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Martin + Osa Friday through Sunday: On Thanksgiving weekend, the hip all-American casual brand is offering cashmere cardigans and V-necks and denim jeans (skinny, straight and boot cut) for $59 (regular price $89.50 to $170) both online (beginning at midnight Thursday) and in-store beginning at 8 a.m. Friday.

10250 Santa Monica Blvd. L.A. (310) 785-7924. 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.


Dakota Collective Ongoing through Jan. 10: Pop-up shop in a former shipyard stocks Cheap Monday, Corpus and Jen Kao plus house brands BB Dakota and Jack BB Dakota for young women. Dakota Collective also features a gourmet food truck, coffee bar, library and open area for musical events and fashion shows. BB Dakota's fashions retail from $50 to $250 and Jack's from $24 to $120.

1640 Pomona Ave., Costa Mesa. (949) 515-2200. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Splendid: L.A.-based brand with clothes for the entire family opened its first flagship on Robertson on Friday, in time for the holidays. The store will carry gift sets including women's legging sets ($139 for a three-piece set), pajamas ($79) and thermal henleys (three for $149).

111 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 860-0334. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

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