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On the Racked: Manhattan Beach Fresh & Easy, Vintage LA Book Party, Work Jeans

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The latest store info, retail gossip and sidewalk scenes from street-obsessed Racked LA, the newest member of the Curbed family.

MANHATTAN BEACH: Curbed editor Josh journeyed yesterday to the new Fresh & Easy opening. Sadly, the chain has been struggling to find its place in Los Angeles, but it appears the Brits are learning that Angelenos prefer less gloomy, more cheery. His report: "Based on what I'd seen previously, the stores are now much brighter, with reds, greens, yellows and blues used all over the place. It's a much happier appearance. Everything appeared to be stocked well and the PR guy said they had increased the offerings of prepackaged meals that they offered." More on-the-scene coverage.

MELROSE: Last week, Fred Segal hosted a party for writer Jennifer Brandt Taylor and her new book Vintage LA, described as an insider’s guide the more glamorous spots in LA. "Amidst pages of restaurant reviews and shopping hotspots, interviews with famous Angelenos like journalist Dominick Dunne (born in Connecticut, but worked in Hollywood) and radio personality Rodney Bingenheimer, you’ll find hundreds of pics of Hollywood landmarks snapped by photographer Janeen Lund."

ECHO PARK: Famous jean designer Rebecca Danenberg (epynomous label; Seven for all Mankind) has popped up again with a premium denim label called Work Custom Shop. If the name sounds familiar, it's because it has LA roots--it was an existing Echo Park store, now purchased by Danenberg. Her jeans ($78-$91) will be available at Fred Segal, American Rag, Lisa Kline and Tracey Ross.
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