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The Hit List: Let’s Shop!

Listen up guys and gals! We’ve got new stores to suit your every taste—from boutiques carrying European brands to shops that embrace O.C.’s year-round beach-casual lifestyle. Get those cards ready!


1. Viva Italia!
Style-conscious gents out there can now find Italian menswear brand Brioni in a new boutique at South Coast Plaza. The new digs are every bit as luxe as the fashions (which have been worn by the likes of Robert Kennedy, Al Pacino and the ever-dashing James Bond), with 800 square feet of space dressed in travertine, bronzed brass, velvet and ribbed wood. But it’s this season’s collection of suits and coats that really make us swoon. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa,

2. Heavy Metal
The folks at Cloth and Metal no sooner moved into The OC Mix and they needed to expand. It’s now a one-stop shop for clothing by brands like 7 For All Mankind, footwear by Cole Haan and accessories—everything from Jack Black grooming products to audio electronics from Libratone. And that’s music to our ears! 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa,

3. Breathe In
Next month, SCP welcomes Paris-based perfumer Diptyque. Its signature scents can be worn by men and women alike. The shop—a SoCal exclusive—will also carry the brand’s candles and home fragrances. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa,

4. Life’s Folly
Because we love our Indian Summers, the Australian swimwear line Seafolly opens this month at Fashion Island. It’s the company’s first U.S. foray, and the line’s exec’s couldn’t have picked a better spot. After all, it’s always a great time to take a dip! 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach,

5. Island Stylin’
Few places outside of Hawaii champion the aloha spirit better than O.C., so it makes sense that Island Sole would open its first mainland store at Fashion Island, offering slippers by Rainbow and Havaianas, and a few closed-toe options, like the new Mauna Kea boots by Olukai. Those shoes are made for walking. 1075 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach,