Local designer Calleen Cordero is beloved for her shoes, bags and belts made by hand in a North Hollywood factory. We admire how her signature footwear--brass studded sandals, chunky wedges, gladiator flats--reflects the funky good taste we embrace as southern Californians. And now, with two new shops, Cordero’s giving us even more to amour.
She’s opened a new boutique in Studio City with her full line of shoes (from $300), which we love for not only their good looks but also their über-comfy construction--thanks to molded arch support and EVA foam-padded soles (it’s the same stuff used in boxing gloves, so you can imagine how absorbent they are).
Her shop also has great belts--from studded skinny numbers ($139) to outfit-making wide ornamented versions ($309)--and bags that range from roomy handbags ($829) to chic fold-over clutches ($399). And we’re coveting her wrist cuffs for summer, especially the bright Mexican textile one ($169) just picked up by Allison Janney.
And opening any day now is yet another boutique in Sunset Plaza, this one filled with her accessories designs as well as a broader selection of home goods including leather place mats, coasters, guitar straps and dog collars.
Calleen Cordero, 13019 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; 818-285-8533 or calleencordero.com