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Kelly Croteau was born and raised in Southern California and currently resides in Manhattan Beach. She's had the experience of living in three major cities including Los Angeles, Boston and New York City. She earned an Associates degree at Dean College outside of Boston and then went on to attend Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her expertise lies in the fashion industry, working for such designers as Catherine Malandrino. She enjoys writing, frequent visits to museums, long lunches and extravagant dinners.

WILL Leather Goods Opens Flagship Store In Venice Beach

WILL Leather Goods Flagship Store Grand Opening

(Photo Credit: Christina House)

Bill Adler’s WILL Leather Goods flagship store celebrated its grand opening Wednesday, October 17 on the ultra hip Abbot Kinney Boulevard in downtown Venice Beach. The decision for the location was as simple as it was unpretentious, the new shop sits just blocks away from the Venice Boardwalk, where Adler debuted and sold his first collection, Billy Belts, in the early 1980s. The boutique comes with much anticipation from both the vibrant residents of Venice and the creative professionals of Los Angeles who appreciate classic silhouettes with natural beauty.

WILL Leather Goods Flagship Store Grand Opening

(Photo Credit: Christina House)

Originating in Eugene, Ore., the brand feels right at home in the spacious 1,700 square-foot 1930s building, where its design is equally industrial as it is modern. The structure has a unique integrity much like the brand within it; its intricately designed 30-foot ceiling includes diamond arches and is one of four remaining in the state of California. Inside, the space is accented with a vast amount of timber including Juniper, Douglas fir, Redwood and Walnut, keeping true to its roots while giving it a distinct lavish feel.

The evening’s crowd was lively and excited, most were enthralled in conversation or eyeing a new piece to add to their collection. Music by George Lewis Jr. aka Twin Shadrow and Wynne Bennet flowed perfectly with the tone of the event, tunes were subtle yet intellectually charming. Hors’d oeuvres were provided by the uber-trendy restaurant Gjelina, located just steps away. Refreshments were appropriately sponsored by Ninkasi Brewery, a company located in Eugene, Ore.

WILL Leather Goods Flagship Store Grand Opening

(Photo Credit: Christina House)

I had the pleasure of being introduced to Mr. Adler who was pleasant, exuberant and refreshingly modest. Much like the man behind the designs, your shopping experience will be one of harmony embellished with a free-spirit vibe!

WHERE:
WILL Leather Goods Flagship Store
1360 Abbot Kinney
Venice, CA 90291

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