Cool and classic men’s clothing. Owner Justin Chen is no dummy. He understands that men don’t normally look to re-invent the wheel when they shop. He offers them style, comfort, and quality with established clothing lines at affordable prices.
Chen also owns the restaurant next door, J Wok— a great example of quality at affordable prices—only this time with his unique Asian fusion menu.
You know what Pretty Is? It’s being able to extend your wardrobe and paying very little to do it.
Lupe Ahern, owner of Pretty is?, says that after having her picture taken with her husband over the years, and seeing herself in the same outfits, she came up with the idea of a store, where members could add to their wardrobes, borrow clothes, and always wear something new and different.
I met Ahern at the grand opening of her very unique storefront located on 3rd street in the Gaslamp. She explained to me that for only $55 a month, members could have free make-over’s, accessorize their looks, add something totally new to an existing outfit, or loan out a piece of clothing they’re sick of, but someone else might love.
The clothes come from a variety of places. They’re all gently used, brand new, or from local San Diego designers.
Ahern says that she services a lot of the hostesses that work downtown. “They come in, get their hair and makeup down, try out a new dress, skirt, jeans, or top, and walk to work ready to go.”
The store sits on the second floor in a historic building in “China town”, that was once home to a brothel. With a huge walk-in closet filled with shoes, and hand-built cabinets, thanks to Ahern’s husband, the boutique offers a large where house of clothing, accessories, hats, and even a large dressing room, complete with vanity lighting.
The back patio has two stripper poles, which Ahern says she built for private parties, that may want to offer lessons in pole-dancing.
Unlike websites like Renttherunway.Com which has mostly very dressy items, Pretty is? has a collection of clothing for work and a fun night on the town.
Speaking as someone that needs a lot of looks for a variety of events, I give Pretty is? a two thumbs up for being one of the most affordable and functional concepts around.
Hats are the perfect accessories for Spring 2011. Whether it’s the Boho wide brim, a cute Fedora, or the super stylish beret– hats add great character to any outfit.
Recently, San Diego got a new hat boutique in downtown called Goorin Bros. , and I could see myself wearing almost every hat in the store.
The Gorrin Brothers history begins in 1895 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when Cassel Gorrin sold his first hat off a horse cart.
In 1920, Cassel’s son’s Alfred and Ted helped their father and became the original Gorrin Brothers.
In the 1940’s Alfred moved the headquarters of the business to Mission Street in San Francisco, and in the 60’s the hat company became the official head wear company of the Olympic games held in Squaw Valley.
In 1990 Ben Gorrin, now the fourth generation, came into the business, and added street wear with beanies, ski and skate wear. Ben oversees all the designs today.
The newest Goorin Bros., store to open in SoCal, is located on 5th in the Gaslamp nationhood. It sports a huge selection of hats from Derby’s to Fedoras, Duck Bills, Sun hats, Bowlers, Ball Caps, and Coshe’s.
It’s a beautiful shop with hardwood floors, antique phonograph speakers as light fixtures, murals, 1920’s radios, old trunks, and cool hatboxes.
My favorite is the 1920’s Cloche style hats. They’re very feminine, harkening back to a period when women unleashed themselves from restricted style to a more flattering and comfortable one. I love all the clothing from the 1920’s.
If you love hats, need one for summer (opening day at Del Mar), or would like to make very fashionable statement, then Goorin Bros., is the place to go.
Sager is a nationally published writer. She has contributed to outlets such as GOOD, Bustle, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Blade, Hemispheres, NBC Latino and Fox News Latino.
As a general assignment reporter, she’s covered a diverse array of subjects; from human interest stories about immigrants living in Flint, Michigan to the booming food and wine scene along the U.S.-Mexico border.
She’s covered events such as New York Fashion Week, Coachella, and Comic-Con, and has profiled such luminaries as jazz great, Arturo Sandoval and clothing designer Jason Wu.
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