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I had heard some cool things about New High (M)art, a store in L.A. that did some word play on KMart, gave themselves a tiny space in L.A.’s Chinatown (the opposite of a KMart…) and has played with the shop to host designer residences, changing installations and generally shaking up the conventions of retail in a way I wish more boutiques did.

Anyway, they’ve finally made their way online and yes, bear with the 400 px x 400 px images on the site (I want external pop-ups with super large images and I want them now…), the stock is all very spesh and not likely to be found elsewhere online.  Especially with New High (M)art’s championing of Mexican designers, people that I’ll undertake more research on.  I’ve read countless and nail-biting reports on retailers tightening up on budgets, going ‘safe’ to get the sales and I just can’t imagine this store taking the same tact.  You have Teamo giant wooden hoop earrings, ramshackle jewellery by One Four Five One, industrial bangles by Gregory Alexander, knitted swimwear (a contradiction in itself…) by Denise Marchebout, mouse helmuts by T.E.M.O.R.E.S., sunglasses with attached heavy chains, Blanc by Franc Fernandez (who has done fantastic headgear for fellow LA-er Brian Lichtenberg) triangle hats, novelty bindis by Face and beauts of all beauts…


Some Marvin Y Quetzal platform shoes that are inspired by stripper shoes but are completely taken out of that context with polished wood, lace-ups and multicoloured woven sides…and they’re in my size.  I just happen to be too poor to shop at this altered and warped K Mart.

A pity…