New and NotableOctober 1, 2008 By: Marianne Dougherty, Kelley Donahue, Lotus Abrams, Nicole Palmieri, Lori Morris, Alissa Piccione American Salon
Hair Repair 101
Stylists know what to do when they're double-booked or a client's at-home hack job needs evening out, but what do they do when they're faced with a head of hair that's in a desperate condition—and seemingly out of their hands? Savvy stylists turn to Joico K-PAK Hair Repair System. In just 17 minutes and four easy steps, this state-of-the-art professional salon treatment with exclusive K-PAK technology gives stylists the power to rebuild damaged hair; dramatically increase hair moisture, strength, smoothness and shine; repair and seal the hair cuticle to prevent haircolor from fading; infuse fine, limp hair with unbelievable body; and revive natural and permed curls. joico.com —M.D.
Shiny, smooth tresses are back for fall and easy to attain with the new Diane Products paddle brush from Fromm International. The 10-inch square brush features a wood handle, dual nylon pins and reinforced boar bristles for gentle, easy brushing. Also new in the Diane line: the square massaging paddle brush, thermal flow brush and wig-styling brush. frommonline.com —L.A.
Los Angeles has endless neighborhoods that have earned a "must shop" reputation, but the city is also home to an under-the-radar community known as Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Situated within the beach havens of Venice and Santa Monica, it was named after developer Abbot Kinney, a noted conservationist who conceptualized the Venetian-style canals in the California community of Venice, which date back to 1905. In 2007, Abbot Kinney Boulevard was home to the Smart Car House, an experiential environment designed to attract eco-conscious, small-car shoppers who wanted to learn about the back-story of this Mercedes-Benz owned car company. Here are some of the street's best attractions:
Fashion and Accessories. Ride is the place to find surf and skate looks with an eco-edge, while the cottage-style Brick Lane is a showcase for labels from the United Kingdom, including Lulu Guinness and Ted Baker. The Stronghold offers vintage and collectible items, in addition to premium denim, and Dewey is a favorite destination for shoe lovers. Designer Pamela Barish has been creating custom couture from her two-story shop since 2004. Her clientele includes Cher, Anjelica Huston and Meg Ryan. Known for her intricate designs featuring colorful gemstones, Irene Neuwirth is a jewelry designer with her own celeb following, including Jennifer Aniston, Kate Beckinsale and Cate Blanchett, and New York City's Steven Alan offers modern classics and accessories for him and her at his third L.A. outpost.
Vert Beauty Boutique
Beauty. Euphoria, which has been in business for more than 15 years, is the neighborhood salon known for color, highlights, precision cuts, extensions and perfect brows, with PureOlogy products available for retail. Meanwhile, Vert, an eco-chic beauty boutique owned by makeup artist-turned-green-guru Renata Helfman, offers luxe beauty and wellness lines, including Josie Maran Cosmetics, CARE by Stella McCartney and Red Flower. Alexandra Wagner is the street's skincare services destination.
Specialty Shops. Art gallery meets bookstore at Equator Books, a favorite spot of David Duchovny's character Hank Moody on Showtime's Californication. The shop stocks rare finds, first-edition books and intellectual collectibles. Robin's Sculpture Garden is an outdoor gallery and garden showcasing Robin Murez's bronze, concrete and glass pieces. Tales & Toys is a kid-friendly destination, while The Modern Dog stocks products for pooches.
Restaurants. Two newer options on the street are Gjelina, a foodie favorite from chef Travis Lett, and El Vino, a wine bar and bistro.
For more shops and details visit abbotkinneyonline.com.