Last week, hip’tique owner Christine Berardi invited friends and locals to support Bound Angels, an organization started by photographer Robert Cabral to help give shelter animals a voice. I stopped by the Santa Monica store to lend support and to take the opportunity to check out the eclectic boutique. The evening began with Christine giving a heartfelt introduction of how she and Robert first connected and the bond she now has with her adopted shelter dog. Then singer Jim Hanft, along with singer Samantha Yonack, jump-started the evening performing their signature folk country rock. (More on the West side boutique, after the jump.)
In addition to her devotion to animal rights, Christine has the makings of a great retailer. The store, located at 2727 Main Street, marries her East Coast roots with West Coast living. The pieces hit the mark with the right amount of heavy hitters (Tucker, Halston Heritage, Nanette Lepore, LNA) mixed in with smaller, independent labels that don’t test the boundaries of your bank account. Not a one-note shop, it offers everything from Butter nail lacquer to bikinis and rubber duckies. You could spruce up your summer wardrobe, pick up a baby gift, and find a present for your mom in one fell swoop. Christine promises more great events to come at the store this summer. To keep up to speed, you can check out hip’tique’s Facebook page for news and announcements.