talking shop: 5 questions with dena hanks from community service showroom…

…Talking Shop is a new addition to the blog featuring mini interviews with boutique owners, buyers, designers, friends – all people who are tastemakers and will share the inside scoop on where they like to shop!

Missouri transplant turned LA resident, Dena Hanks, is the Director of Sales for West Coast multi line showroom Community Service. She is one of my favorite people not only because she is hands down the most energetic girl I know (love her!), but she makes sure the stores we shop are chalked full of all the brands we love – Rory Beca, Blue Life, Blue Moon, Leyendecker, For Love and Lemons, and many more! For a girl who’s job is to know every boutique out there, we get the inside scoop on where our darling Dena is shopping…



Tell us your favorite boutique in Los Angeles…

dena: My favorite thing to do on a beautiful Saturday in sunny LA is hit up Curve on Robertson and see what’s new in Celine, Iro, Carven, or any of my other favorite designers! Then I like to pop across the street to the Ivy for a refreshing and delicious gimlet!!!


robertson bound


gimlets galore at the ivy


Outside of Los Angeles, what is your favorite city to shop and what boutique do you frequent?

dena: Outside of Los Angeles, I love shopping in San Francisco!  I just love that city and always stop by Carrots - they have the most gorgeous dresses ever!  You can’t go wrong by stopping in there and it even gets better…you have to stroll through the Financial district and check out all the men in suits!!  Win – Win for a single girl!!!!


san francisco


must stop shop


For amazing vintage pieces, what are your go to shops?  

dena: I mainly go to Decades Two on Melrose in Los Angeles. I rarely walk out of there empty handed. They have the best taste of shoes and bags!


don't deprive yourself - shop decades


After a long day of shopping, where do you like to grab a bite?

dena: I tend to shop mostly on Robertson and Melrose Place, so I love to pop down to Cecconi’s – my favorite restaurant in the city. They really know how to make a dirty martini for a girl that has tired feet and and a arm full of bags!!


cecconi's for cocktails and bites


We know you rep some of the most amazing brands in the Community Service Showroom! Tell us one of your favorites and the best boutique to find it…

dena: Rory Beca is by far one of my favorite brands… I love to go into the Dash Boutiques around the country and see her designs! Capulet is a close second runner up in the showroom. They are three amazingly talented guys that just launched this past Spring and it is amazing. Love seeing it in Arcade Boutique in LA!


rory beca spring 2012


dash nyc


shop capulet at arcade on melrose



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