by Julie Gallego
One of the best new trends in O.C. boutiques is that today’s stores are neither one thing nor the other. Not just clothing, but also apparel and electronics. Not just furniture and home goods, but also handmade jewelry and accessories. These shops are like three-dimensional real-world Pinterest boards full of amazing and perfectly stylish stuff.
Heirlooms and Hardware is one of those places. And it just opened a second, larger store at The Lab, after doing business for three years in only a tiny, spare place at OC Mix.
At its grand opening last week, owners Joseph and Jessica D’Ambra showed off furnishings such as a distressed yellow cabinet they brought back from their honeymoon in Romania ($3,400), vintage European baby bathtubs ($295), cool canvas and leather bags ($120) and the wood-block candle holders ($22 to $30 each) that Joe, a master craftsman, makes.
Jessica and Joe run the store with Joe’s sister, Jen. Their mom, Terese Benzie, whose father and uncles designed for Tiffany’s and Cartier, designs the store’s vintage-inspired jewelry line.
In fact, almost everything at H&H is vintage-inspired, including the found pieces Joe and Jessica restore or reimagine. They also make custom pieces for homes, retailers, and restaurants.
H&H got started when Joe, 28, and Jessica, 27, traveled through Eastern Europe on their honeymoon, sourcing antique and unique pieces to sell, and ended up filling a whole shipping container.
Hours at both Costa Mesa stores are: The Lab, 2930 Bristol St., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. And at OC Mix, 3313 Hyland Ave., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit Heirlooms and Hardware.