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Trusted surf brand Quiksilver opened its first women?s apparel store at the right place, at the right time: Nestled in the Malibu Lumber Yard, the just-opened boutique rides the current wave of cool, comfortable fashion.

The destination store--replete with a nautical rope ceiling, inspirational pin boards and Josh Hall surfboards--is an original design unto itself. Designer John Moore and Pilgrim Surf + Supply founder Chris Gentile designed the space by culling from the worlds of art, pro surfing and design. Elements are made from recycled materials by local artisans: Oak floors are from a Pennsylvania cabin while a sawhorse table serves as the cash wrap. 

Since we usually think of surf wear as teenybopper bikinis or shapeless hoodie sweatshirts, we were pleasantly surprised by the flattering and grown-up styles on offer. The QSW Water Stripe tank ($64) pairs romantic blue and ivory stripes with a sporty racer back. The Floral Pareo maxi dress ($75) would suit a sophisticated poolside cocktail party. And the Nantucket boatneck sweater ($50), with its open-weave cotton knit and crisp stripes, channels Coco Chanel?s summer outfits when paired with white pants.

Head over now and catch Bay Area artist Serena Mitnik-Miller?s Missoni-esque chalk-art piece. You can?t miss it--just look up.

Quiksilver Women?s, the Malibu Lumber Yard; 310-456-2692 or

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