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S(M)art move

September 20, 2009|Max Padilla

New High (M)art, which recently moved to Los Feliz Village from downtown, definitely has a personality.

The boutique opened in Chinatown two years ago with themed installations including one called World Fringe that featured clothing from local avant-garde designers alongside inexpensive accessories, shoes and music from international vendors. The Los Feliz incarnation carries on that eclectic tradition by stocking tote bags from Ghana next to graphic T-shirts from L.A.'s Brian Lichtenberg.

The store, owned by Miho Ikeda and Richard James "T-Rik" Brewer, is four times as big as the original. Industrial materials such as pegboards showcase the resourcefulness of many of its artisans and their wares, including Manu's paper clip and tape necklaces ($110 to $165), Susan Cianciolo's custom handbags made from fabric remnants ($250), handbags fom Es n yaa ($58), quilted totes from Ghana ($58) and Mexican shopping bags ($5).

The store has a new private-label women's collection, select vintage pieces and items from local designers.

1720 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 638-0271. Noon to 10 p.m. daily.


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