The Trade  Old West miners typically didn’t have the time or resources to launder their work clothes. They’d just get new pants and jackets, and discard the old. Harris can tell what type of work a miner did by examining...
Amanda Chinchelli Greer’s swimsuits don’t look like anyone else’s. They’re a little retro, even classic. And comfortable—so comfortable they allow women to surf with a confident edge, something the designer knows all about. “I originally made them for myself,”...
Week one of Style Week OC included a beautiful runway show from Neiman Marcus, a kids' fashion show, a retailers' showcase topped off with a design competition for students from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising), and a...

Pier Nostalgia

We’re always prowling for art by locals that speaks to something elemental about Orange County. So we were thrilled when long-time friend Lynne Cox, the cold-water marathon swimmer who trains off Seal Beach, mentioned during lunch on Sept. 16 that a local postal worker/artist was building some wonderful coffee tables, benches, and other furniture out of timber salvaged from the Seal Beach Pier. The artist is Gino Dominic Nardo, and you can at least see some of his creations (now, alas, mostly sold) at artbygino.com.
“Years ago, I said if we ever think about going into retail, that’s the spot I want,” says Laguna Beach-based jewelry designer...
As we discovered in this month’s "Is O.C. Worth It?" issue, the percentage of high-end malls in Orange County is almost four times the national average. So is it any wonder that South Coast Plaza is the first shopping center in the country to accept the China UnionPay (CUP) card, the only bank card in the People’s Republic of China? Visitors from the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan use it to purchase SCP gift certificates at any of the four concierges, which are accepted by all the stores and restaurants, the Westin South Coast Plaza, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. A growing number of SCP boutiques are also accepting the card.
We're all familiar with the food truck craze, but now there's a new kind of truck to get excited about. Pekok Within Boutique is Orange County's first fashion truck to hit the streets. The peculiar name is intended to encourage customers to embrace the idea of peacocking, or "Pekoking": using fashion as a means to attract attention and distinguish oneself. The new business is taking part in the Fourth of July event at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina July 4th from noon to 10 p.m. and July 5th from 1 to 10 p.m.
Crossing over to the dark side can be elegant.
Good-girl gingham is all the rage.