Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging
Santa Claus has brought us a very stylish gift in the form of 8telier. The Corona del Mar store, opened Dec. 7, is the second for the line and the first California boutique for the Seattle-based collection.
8telier (named for 2008, the year the collection was founded and ‘atelier,’ the French word for workshop) is designed by Jean Glover, a long time designer for wholesale lines and design houses such as Anna Sui. Jean, who runs the business and the stores with her husband, Craig Glover—he oversees the buying and merchandising—makes cool clothes in sleek, forgiving silhouettes and neutral palettes. All of the clothes, from the lust-worthy leather-like jackets and wear-with-everything tunics to the Issey Miyaki-inspired crinkle pleat dresses and cocoon coats are made from French and Japanese technical fabrics that don’t wrinkle when packed and are machine washable.
I’ll just repeat that. Everything. Is. Washable. Which is a giant bonus given that the clothes themselves are completely covetable.
“Definitely it’s modern, with a bit of edginess,” says Jean Glover. “I am not a minimalistic collection, it’s not about minimal design; it’s minimal but it has a hint of opulence and a little edginess.”
Walk in and the first thing you’ll fall in love with is the black 8telier jacket, $468. The cropped moto-style coat has airplane wire threaded through its frame so the funnel collar can be formed into any shape the wearer wants and is rendered in a black technical fabric that looks like leather but weighs a lot less.
“A lot of people think it’s like lambskin leather, but it’s technical fabric and it has a look of leather but it weighs like a knit jacket … it’s very lightweight and has a super nice stretch to it so it’s very comfortable,” she said. “And I line it with Viscose so when you wear it, it’s nice and silky.”
8telier also stocks an array of other pieces from super soft tanks and tees to versatile tunics and dresses and skirts and pants. Everything is designed with a loose, drapey architecture (which Jean studied at the University of Washington) that’s at once casual and sophisticated.
Alongside Glover’s collection, 8telier carries soft leather bags by Baggu, $54-$160, bags by Israeli designer Daniella Lahavi ($321-$536) and jewelry and scarves.
Corona del Mar Plaza
924 Avocado Ave
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.