Fiesta For Your Feet

Huaraches get a festive makeover from Soiyl

We have a soft spot in our summertime footwear lineup for huaraches, those woven leather Mexican sandals that the Beach Boys sang about in the 1960s and the fashionable set has been wearing ever since.

Now local designer Dolores Melgoza has made the hipster classic even groovier with her Soiyl shoes. The daughter of parents from Michoacán, Mexico, Melgoza coined her brand’s name as a riff on “soil,” since these kicks are so lightweight, they almost feel like you’re going barefoot. The solid tan, brown and black leather styles suit minimalists; the Samara is girly-pretty with its blues and purples; and the Mazanilla is a fiesta of bright red, green and yellow.

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A Quik Escape

Female surfers get their own boutique

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.

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Bead Dazzled

Julie Rofman's bohemian bracelets

You can make a big statement in one of Julie Rofman’s glass bead bracelets. Or a small one: These boho-chic candy-colored bracelets come in several sizes and are so versatile that they’re equally appropriate worn with cutoffs and an airy tank on a Malibu hike or accenting a silky shirt, jeans and heels for a Hollywood power lunch.

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