I do tons of research to give you my almost daily fashion dish, so I love it when I actually discover something fabulous by chance! I am working on an amazing rock-n-roll inspired shopping event and a friend suggested I check out the super cool, super underground LES boutique A. Turen. I say underground as it has yet to be truly discovered, but it also has the exclusive vibe that only a true rocker den could provide. The store is all of about 300 square feet, in true LES form, yet the boutique has such presence that you can't help but feel like you walked into Gwen Stefani's dressing room...subdued lighting...rich, dark colors, the perfect amount of leopard print. I didn't want to ever leave!!!
OK, so of course this is not a store decor 101 piece...the main attraction is Ashley Turen's own line of, lets just say, "transformative" pieces. A painter at heart, Ashley takes everything from basic leggings and yes Spanx to Chanel and Balenciaga bags and gives them and art makeover. She literally paints over each piece to create a sort of tie dyed, metallic technique that is so rocker chic I almost had a fashion breakdown (a joyful one that is) right in the middle of the store. My favorites were many...hot leather jackets, the best leggings around, half tees (yes, the ones from the 80s), vintage lace vests and one sexy body skimming dress. Just when I thought I couldn't fall any more deeply in rocker love, she showed me a vintage Bon Jovi concert tee that she painted and embellised...unbelievable!!!! Really I wanted every piece in her collection...trust me, that never happens. She shows the pieces combined for a total body "paint job", but of course unless you are super fashion confident, I suggest wearing one at a time...the leggings are a must!
So if hand painted, embellished fashion isn't your thing, the store is still worth a drive by, as she also carries select pieces from other lines...the perfect faux fur vest from Notify, skinny jeans from cult favorite Siwy and several up an coming brands that were new to me. She also has a great eye for vintage. Finally, (yes there is more)...now you know why I was so breathless...bring her your old tired items and she will customize them for you. I have a great old Marc Jacobs bag that I just can't part with, which has an A. Turen update "painted" all over it.
Trust me ladies, this store is a not-to-miss fashion experience!!!!