The Scoop from Surly Girl, LA's New Insider Source of Handbags, Accessories & Fab Hello Kitty Gear. FASHIONTRIBES BLOG
Surly Girl on Robertson Blvd (across from famed eatery The Ivy) has tons of hot new accessories and what they label "jewelry on bags". All the leather, from the totes to the evening clutches, is cut in Italy.
I met Allison from Surly Girl a couple years ago as she was launching the line. The basics were corduroy bags featuring a washable/wipeable lining that didn’t stain if you spilled (or melted) cosmetics, drinks, pen ink onto. Smart girl! Great idea and the bags flew out of her SF showroom and eventuallly Allison moved to LA and opened up her Surly Girl boutique on that boulevard of hipness known as Robertson.
For Oscar week, she had a trunk show of the most gorge handbags, jewelry and also redone vintage clothing.
From Surly Girl’s own line, :
- Fun colors such as sun gold (a neutral), lizard green & python prints done in leather… that were also varigated in color and tone. These were flying out of the store and several "unnamed"celebs who frequent Robertson for shopping have these bags– in various colors and shapes but mostly the clutches are the hot seller.
- Swarovski crystals are featured on some bags.
- The signature corduroy "producer" purse & "agent" baguette still sell like hot cakes and have expanded in colors and sizes and now been reproduced in leather and suede (yummy!)
- Michelle Roy jewelery is featured with a good-sized display of her leaves and botanicals dipped in 24 K gold like mistletoe & birch leaves and worn on chains. Think Desperate Housewives and you will be on the money.
- lariats (very hot right now – throw over jeans & a tank)
- vintage jewelry with semi-precious pieces, and lots of layering of charms
- reworked one-of-a-kind +not-so-trashy chic" vintage clothing with appliques, sequins, cashmere. Some of these pieces were totally trendy and others –like a dress or a black coat– were real collectibles and could be worn for eons as part of a showpiece outfit. I tried on the coat.. It was a real work of art with beading and lace and still warm enough to wear when you need it. (brand name to be determined. It’s a local LA company and they are HOT)
- Surly Girl’s signature line of soy candles made in L.A. with innovative scents like chocolate milk which smells like the real thing. YUM.. and other gorgeous florals and home scents.
- Hello Kitty everything: glittery calculators, flasks, lighters, keychains, bangles. They have the most amazing HK collection and there is something there for every price point. From grandmas to tweens have been picking up things from this collection.
- vintage owls from the 60s & 70s – each a little different (the owl are flexible & move with you) This is one of those "you gotta see it" collections. They are fun little items to wear around your neck, hang off a handbag or briefcase or just be hanging off your car mirror. It’s just fun kitsch.
- The piece de resistance was the display of high end jewelry from the line Jewelry by Rosalina. YEOW!! GORGEOUS pieces done in dragons, frogs, and other kinds of animals with incredible detail. Not for the shy or price sensitive– these items make an outfit and would be the only bling you would need . Rosalina’s jewelry is typically found at Neiman Marcus.
Surly Girl, 116 N. Robertson (directly across from Ivy) and next door to Paige Premium Denim