We recently got a chance to explore the new flagship store of one of our all-time faves, Cloth & Metal. Originally founded at OC Mix, C&M recently expanded to a second, much larger location on 17th Street in Costa Mesa.
We’ve always loved C&M, which is largely—but not entirely and exclusively—a menswear and high-end audio store, because of founder Scott Sablan’s flawless taste and execution. The original C&M boasts tons of covetable menswear lines that appeal to anyone with a sense of style—yes, even us girls wouldn’t mind donning a NN07 Birger Track Jacket ($135) and striped “T” ($85) for a crisp fall borrowed-from-the-boys look, as well as top-of-the line audio equipment.
“For the past three years at Cloth & Metal, we’ve been on an insatiable quest to create the most innovative lifestyle retail concept—period—by bringing together exclusive brands, the very best in audiophile electronics, and now fine art, under one roof,” Sablan says. “Being longtime locals and fans of this area, it’s always been our mission to open on 17th Street. Now we just can’t believe the sheer scale and excitement of it.”
The new store features the same elevated sense of design as the first, but in a much larger space. Expect new lines and now some selected women’s wear. (Hint: we really hope Sablan and staff use their excellent eye to bring in covetable bag and shoe lines. If they do, expect to see us drop by on the regular!)
With 2,000 square feet of hard-to-find independent labels such as A.P.C. Collection, Saturdays Surf NYC, NN07, Neuw, Reigning Champ, and Gitman Vintage as well as a mix of lifestyle goods ranging from accessories to watches, eyewear, C&M cements itself as the go-to for OC men of style.
On tap for the girls is uber-trendy Theirry Lasry eyewear, as well as the delicate, quirky, statement-making jewelry by OC-based Lilliclaspe, and a promise for more women’s lines.
Not to be outdone in the apparel department, Sablan—an audio head and former product developer for top-line audio companies—has included a turntable bar and a headphone bar featuring products from Devialet, Focal, Naim, and Audeze, just to name a few.
But what really got us excited (besides the possibility that C&M might someday stock the ever elusive “perfect bag”) was the gallery dedicated to contemporary fine art curated by Annie Adjchavanich, Cloth & Metal’s director of exhibitions.
“Being able to introduce the Newport/Costa Mesa community to fine art from contemporary masters as well as established and emerging local artists was something that the entire Cloth & Metal team was extremely passionate about,” said Adjchavanich. “Not only do we have access to some of today’s top art influencers in the nation, we’re curating the art to tell a distinctly Cloth & Metal story.”
Cloth & Metal, 462 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa, clothandmetal.com