NEW KICKS: The Office of Angela Scott has its eyes on New York just as it opens its store on Melrose Avenue today.
The footwear company sells classic style shoes for men and women with a bit of a twist, along the lines of gray, pointed-toe Mary Janes for $495 or rose gold, chunky-heeled loafers for $395. The brand has distribution in Neiman Marcus online as well as some Neiman Marcus stores along with boutiques such as Alchemy Works and Bird Boutique.
Designer Angela Scott draws inspiration for her work from her youth in the DIY punk scene.
The Melrose store, located at 7975 Melrose Ave., totals 721 square feet.
It’s not the company’s first foray into retail. It originally had a store operating in Dallas for two years that also functioned as a design studio. But Scott’s relocation to California to be closer to family shifted the focus to the L.A. market. She and her husband currently reside in Santa Barbara.
“There is such a strong creative movement happening in Los Angeles,” Scott said. “I felt like the energy was calling me in and the timing couldn’t be better. My husband and I are back in Santa Barbara, close to family, the brand is getting nice recognition and now I can get my feet rooted back into the California soil. The store allows me to welcome people into my home and get a stronger idea of what the brand not only looks like, but feels like and smells like.”
Scott expects to open additional stores in the future with New York on her mind for the second location and is now actively looking for real estate.