talking shop: 5 questions with designer rory beca…

…we heart Rory Beca in a major way – not only is she an absolute doll, but her collection is hands down one of our favorites! The flowy tops, bright colors, amazing dresses…we could live in it literally every single day! Her love for life translates through her collection and is the key in creating that vintage inspired yet timelessly chic look. Between designing, traveling, entertaining (she is an incredible cook!), and now getting ready to launch Resort ’13, we caught up with Rory to get the inside scoop on where she is shopping…


rory beca


Tell us your favorite boutique in Los Angeles…

rory: I am not a big shopper. I love more then anything shopping vintage. I think you can find such unique styles and great jewelry and accessories by rummaging through the past. There is a little hidden treasure called Marie Monsod. Marie is this cool girl with a passion for vintage. You step in her store and you immediately want to try on gowns and sip champagne. Email her if you want to stop by…


love a good vintage shop


sea of beauties


Outside of Los Angeles, what is your favorite city to shop and your go to boutique?

rory: I was in Berlin a few years back and there is an area called Hackescher Market that is full of small shops overflowing with energy and creativity. There are also some cafes and bars. I think there are incredibly talented designers in Berlin and the designs are so different from what you see everywhere else. And of course, I love shopping at Le Bon Marche in Paris.  It sucks you in and you want to buy everything there.


hackescher market in berlin


le bon marche


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

rory: There is a vintage show at the Civic Center in Santa Monica which is four times a year. There are many vendors who I know well and they have such special vintage pieces. Plus you can get  fun costume jewelry for great prices.  Some of my favorite vendors also have stores – Tavin (in Echo park) and Lysa Rose (LA Vintage Bodoir on Melrose).


vintage boutique tavin


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

rory: My husband and I love walking up to Father’s Office for a burger and beer.  It is a cozy place also in the middle of the day when it is raining outside. It does get crowded, but it’s a great place to hang out.


father’s office in santa monica


After six years of designing, tell us one of your all time favorite Rory Beca pieces…

rory: It is always changing with each new collection, but I mostly wear a plaid shirt we did for resort 2009. It is worn in and still so cute. But this summer, I will be living in the Orissa Running short in every print and color.


orissa running short – a must have!


Ummm…that short is a MUST!! Make sure to check out the Rory Beca website for amazing exclusives you don’t want to miss!


xx…btq girl


rory beca: store locater here


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