Store Opening

November 26, 2006|By STEPHANIE SHAPIRO


5616 Newbury St.

Hours: 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11a.m. - 4 p.m. Sundays (through Dec. 31) 410-466-1177

Everybody into the jean pool!

Owners Scott Wable and Josh Dunkin have installed a bit of L.A.-inspired casual glitz in Mount Washington with their airy new store, jean pool, where denim is the star. "We're bringing the West Coast to the East Coast," says Wable, who claims 50 pairs of jeans (and counting) in his personal collection.

Inspiration struck Wable when he worked at Ruth Shaw, where couture clients spoke of the need for appropriate dress for waiting in carpool lines at their children's schools. Shortly after finding the perfect spot in a former frame shop surrounded by village salons and shops, Wable went on a crash buying expedition for jeans difficult to find elsewhere in Baltimore.

Those jeans -- for women and men -- are neatly folded or hung in the boutique's modern space. They come aged in redwood barrels, gently slashed with "whisker" stress marks, studded, embroidered, straight-legged, boot-legged, flared, skinny, slouchy, low and high rise. For all you sentimental fools, Freedom of Choice bell-bottoms will arrive momentarily. Labels, many from L.A., include Kowboys, Antique Denim, Robin's Jeans, Joe's Jeans, Saltworks, Dead Sexy and 1921s -- Wable's "big signature." Prices range from $85 to $253.

But wait, there's more: Western belts, T-shirts by Salvage suitable for Def Leppard concerts, laser-cut tees from Custo Barcelona, Amy Tangerine stencil tees and plunging halter tops for evening by Sky. For those who really want to dress up for the daily school pick-up ritual, shipments of denim skirts and jackets are expected shortly.

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