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Jane Birkin and other icons of '60s cool look down from a bookcase filled with black-and-white photos.
Tabletops are stacked with art books and summer-ready apparel such as tees (from $38), white jeans ($168) and corduroy cut-off shorts ($148).
Delicate jewelry in precious metals by Mociun (from $207) shares a tabletop with $28 friendship bracelets.
Full disclosure: We?re suffering premium denim fatigue, wearying of $900 denim jeans ?hand-distressed? in a Japanese attic. So bless the gods of shopping--and Citizens of Humanity founder Jerome Dahan--for a temporary boutique selling upscale casual wear that restores our faith in retail.
The shop initially bowled us over with its loftlike architecture and decor (courtesy of cult local designer Rene Holguin). Framed black-and-white photos, vintage surfboards and a turquoise-painted floor are based on Dahan?s Santa Monica bungalow.
The whole Citizen collection is hung unobtrusively against the windows, not spoiling the living-room-like vibe. White denim crop jeans ($168) have a comfy stretch leg and medium-rise waistband. The best-selling boyfriend jeans ($229) hang loose in the thigh, somehow making everyone look five pounds leaner. There are simple tees and button-front shirts to wear with them, too, as well as accessories from cherry-picked brands like RTH leather bags, Mociun jewelry and Le Feu de L?Eau candles.
The shop is open only through summer and the limited-edition stock is selling fast; this is one retail wave you won?t want to let roll by.
Citizens of Humanity, 8747 Beverly Blvd.; 310-432-4540 or citizensofhumanity.com
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