With Walnut Creek right next door and world class shopping across the bay in San Francisco, you might wonder why you’d want to bother with the boutiques in Lamorinda.
Online shopping is simple but sometimes you just...want that curated touch. Hopping on Highway 24 for a bit of mall time is all well and good, but don’t miss out on some seriously good spots a little closer to home.
Support the local economy and discover that fabulous find (and make a friend of the shop owner while you’re at it!)
Need something sassy for girl’s night out?
Look no further than Luck. With a large selection of up-to-the-minute styles and boho chic fashion for both you and your daughter, Luck is conveniently located on Mt. Diablo Boulevard, in the thick of downtown. Browse their sunny shop for jewelry, bags, clothing, and shoes from lines like LemLem, Dolce Vita, Velvet and White + Warren.
Parking is available behind the building. Once you’ve outfitted yourself, pick something up for your significant other next door at Venture. In the market for some manly moisturizer?
Grab him a bottle from the Baxter of California selection. Heading out on a trip? They’ve got you covered with Patagonia’s line of Black Hole bags, perfect for rugged travel.
With socks by Stance, shoes by Red Wing and plenty of quality, well-made clothes, your guy will be looking smart in no time.
Don’t miss the women’s section.
In addition to a line of hand-crafted jewelry by San Francisco industrial designer Coleen Mauer, Venture stocks jeans by AG and Kut From the Kloth as well as dresses, t’s and fashionable yet functional blouses and skirts.
If you look closely - you’ll also see some customized “Lamorinda” shwag - from bags to wall placards.
Ready for a cozy hoodie or fresh pair of yoga pants?
Newly opened in the Lafayette’s Park Plaza, Lemon carries Beyond Yoga as well as an assortment of fun shades, readers and cool jewelry. Peruse their selection of organic muslin swaddling blankets, bamboo sleep sacs and Chewable Charms for the sustainable baby.
With candles, gratitude beads, seasonal housewares and more, Lemon is the perfect place to look for for a hostess or birthday gift.
Peripatetic Gypsea Bungalow, now settled into their new location on Brown Avenue, will satisfy that hankering for a little something-something.
Pick up a pretty bracelet or bag by locally owned Truffle for you or a friend. Be sure to check their website before dropping by.
Hours are limited.
Cowgirls and the simply stylish can choose from cowhide purses by local designer Lora Easley and handmade accessories at the charmingly off-kilter Farmyard Darlings in Lafayette.
Shop their vintage American wares, find your Lafayette/Orinda/Moraga pillows or pick up a distressed Darlings baseball cap or fitted sweatshirt and sport their distinctive pink star logo around town.
Want to look your best but still be eco-friendly? Step in to Rechic in Orinda Village, where Maureen Brown’s carefully curated assortment of upscale, new-to-you items from brands like Theory, J. Crew and Tory Burch is sure to have something to make you feel like a million bucks.
For a bit of socializing - make sure you ask about upcoming “sip and shop” happy hours. Typically they are hosted regularly on Fridays - so you can meet other like-minded fashion-forward friends while scoring a deal on a cute ‘something’.
In addition to the happy hours - make sure to sign up on their website for an invitation to their pop-ups featuring local designers.
Just up the road you can find a bag to match your new outfit at Parker Thatch. Purchase a purse for yourself and a personalized pouch for your bestie.
Though primarily a home and garden shop, Sanvitalia in Theatre Square has a smattering of fun jewelry and lightweight scarves on offer.
And, of course, Lazy K House is a local secret for gifts and curated clothes.
You’ve just realized you forgot to get a Christmas present for your aunt and time is running short.
The folks at Harper Greer in Fiesta Square will help you choose the perfect one-of-a-kind necklace, artistic scarf or chunky sweater.
Tucked away at the back of the square is Alicia and Lawrence Leathergoods, showcasing not only Alicia Klein’s Taxi Wallet® in a multitude of colors, but also an assortment of fine leather bags and Owl® recycled products.
Time it right and you might be lucky enough to arrive during one of the pop-ups they host during the holidays for local candy and chocolatiers, replete with free samples.
When Mother’s Day rolls around, splurge on a cashmere sweater or statement belt for mom at Patrizia Marrone Couture for Women, hidden across the street next to Amphora Nueva.
The Littlest Fashionistas
With mom and dad looking so sharp, it’s time to bring the kids up to snuff.
For that afternoon at symphony or holiday photograph, Myara has just the thing.
Dazzling dresses will have them spinning in the aisles while their more casual offerings will make your little rugrat look like she just stepped off a movie set.
Want something made to order? Myara’s head designer, Sunny, will design and create that special something all her own.
They also offer weekly classes for kids in painting and sewing. Looking for something soft and organic for your newest arrival? Pop into Whimsy Kidz in the Plaza Shopping Center for Petite Bateau onesies, teething necklaces by ChewBeads and stufties by BlaBla. Got a picky tween?
No problem. With collections by Ella Moss, Splendid and Esme, Whimsy has something to please even the choosiest child.
It’s Saturday morning and your daughter has just informed you that she needs a birthday gift for a party that afternoon.
Don’t panic! Head over to Francesca’s to find something to please most any teenage girl. Last minute business trip?
Try J. McLaughlin or Chico’s for a new dress then zip half a block down Mt. Diablo Boulevard to Blue Mercury to have their helpful salespeople find the right shade of foundation or lipstick for your complexion.
Your middle schooler has decided she can’t wear that pair of holey Vans one more day.
McCaulou’s in both Lafayette and Moraga has a large selection of shoes as well as clothing for babies, kids and adults, backpacks, cosmetics, accessories and boy scout uniforms.
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