Retail Revolution: Accessories & Beauty


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Out of My Tree

A California version of the Canadian bath-and-body company Lush, Out of My Tree originated in Rolling Hills and creates its own products with a slight whiff of hippie. The single-brand store uses organic ingredients in its essential oils, fragrances, body scrubs, soaps, and cleansers. The shop is small but elegant, with crown molding and a lounge area. Cheap thrill: Beesmilk Facial shea butter soap, $10. Best value: Lavender and neroli Sweet Thang Sugar Scrub, $29. »7952½ W. 3rd St., L.A., 310-971-5126.


After managing the eco-beauty shop Vert in Venice for three years, Jean Seo hung out her shingle in Beverly Hills. Her new boutique is no-nonsense: Shelving units flank two large tables of merchandise dedicated to skin, hair, cosmetic, and baby products that go beyond “no animal testing” and eschew all harmful chemicals. A space in back for threading, manicures, and pedicures makes this a one-stop shop for people concerned about what goes into traditional commercial beautifiers. Cheap thrill: Coconut Lime Body Butter by Organic to Green, $15. Exclusive: The L.A.-based W3ll People skin care line. »:357½ S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-289-1560.


A Vancouver couple, vegetarians who believe in small-batch, locally made products, named their jewelry company after the daughter of pandora in Greek mythology. Their casts of vintage wax seals depict animals (real and imagined), elaborate crests, and stylized letters of the alphabet. The images are set off-center in pendants, rings, and bracelets made of bronze, sterling silver, or 14-karat gold. Hotcake: Initialed pendants in bronze, silver, or gold, $130 and up. »8315 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323-424-4807.

Gentlemen’s Breakfast

Optician Van de la Plante has traveled the world to round up batches of vintage eyewear. he can put your prescription in 1980s diane von Furstenberg sunglasses or 1940s Jacques Fath specs. he can also fix those Guccis you sat on last week. Hotcake: 1960s prison-made frames in nylon, $150. Exclusive: Treble clef-shaped monocles de- signed by Alain mikli; only 20 were made, one of which was Andy Warhol’s (ignore the tag that says not for sale—itis). »1101 Mohawk St., Echo Park, 323-306-6766.

Margaret Rowe

The long, thin space shimmers with vintage citrine, freshwater pearls, and quartz, all recycled into necklaces, bracelets, and rings. margaret rowe decontructs jewelry from the 1920s through the ’50s, mixing in new elements such as crystals or rhodium chains. A midcentury black onyx brooch, for example, becomes the centerpiece of a metal cuff. The shop doubles as an art gallery for carni- valesque paintings by Bret Rowe, Margaret’s husband. Cheap thrill: Triple-hoop mesh dangle earrings, $175. »815 10th St., Santa Monica, 310-804-8056.