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Malibu Shops

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Sunroom Malibu
3900 Cross Creek Rd., #3A, Malibu
Owner Lucy Jolis has the uncanny ability to pull together a shop full of brands you love (Apiece Apart, Rachel Comey, Warm, and Eve Denim), plus smaller, lesser-known labels like Shaina Mote and Miranda Bennett in a way that still feels surprising. The space, tucked into a well-trafficked corner of the Malibu Country Mart, is just as inviting to shop in—it's not overly packed with items to browse, instead it's thoughtfully broken up into swimwear, party dresses, wear-anywhere pieces. Don't miss the jewelry display, which includes a nice selection of small gold-and-turquoise pieces from Larisa Laivins, plus pendants by goop favorite CVC Stones. The original location is in Austin.
Ranch At The Pier
23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
One Gun Ranch's sweet two-story shop at the end of the pier (directly across from Malibu Farm) feels like the perfect Malibu hotel shop. There are plenty of luxury, gift-y items, like gorgeous candles, blank notebooks, and loose sweaters, plus beach essentials like blankets and towels, sunscreen, and sunglasses—and you can find the activewear line from local hero Laird Hamilton. Visitors can rent surfboards and fishing rods, too (they also have bait and tackle, as well as the necessary fishing permits).
Burro
23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu
Like the original Venice outpost, this gift shop is a color-happy, exceptionally well-merchandised wonderland—but significantly more spacious, and therefore, a bit easier to navigate. The floor-to-ceiling shelves of notecards, journals, stickers, and pens can make any stationery freak feel like a kid again. In addition, there are tables full of charming beach-themed home décor, jewelry, coffee-table books, giftables covering every price point, and a sweet children’s section in the back, with toys, books, and pint-sized beach accessories (think teeny swim trunks and heart-shaped sunnies).
James Perse
3939 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu
Designed by the renowned architecture firm, Marmol Radziner, the minimalistic, sophisticated aesthetic of the Malibu flagship reflects the brand's philosophy; a perfect marriage of low-maintenance and quality. The large, pivoting doors fuse the interior and exterior, creating an indoor/outdoor atmosphere that makes the most of the idyllic setting (clients are welcome to make good use of the ping pong table on the deck). You may go in looking for clothes, but don’t be surprised to find yourself lounging on the furniture instead.
Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu
Only half a block from the PCH in the heart of Malibu, and a 20-minute drive from LA, the Malibu Country Mart has something for everyone: a great blend of boutiques, both big-name and indie, including Oliver Peoples, Ron Herman, and a small but incredibly well-stocked Madison outpost. Plus, there are several galleries and a pleasantly manageable amount of restaurant options—everything from local treasure Taverna Tony to Mr. Chow. To keep the kiddos busy, there's a spacious outdoor playground with swings, sandboxes, and a jungle gym. A few steps up Cross Creek Road is the Lumber Yard, a newer, shinier shopping center home to a really pretty J.Crew concept shop.
Sēfari
25001 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
Jobi Manson (who also happens to be behind Water & Spirit) spent the year before she opened her shop traveling throughout Africa, and her chic, macrame-filled space is filled with treasures from that trip. And while beaded necklaces, vintage safari-themed coffee table books, and prints of giraffes and lions clutter the tables and shelves, there's also plenty of merchandise that reflects Malibu's more beachy vibe, like tie-dye Kassia surf wetsuits, vintage suede jackets with fringe sleeves, beeswax candles, and a healthy supply of crystals. Manson's space serves as a co-working location for a few small local businesses, and she hosts creative workshops now and again, too.
Cosentino’s Nursery
25019 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
Cosentino’s has been Malibu's go to florist since its founding in 1950, and it’s easy to understand why. Located right at the intersection of Las Flores Canyon and the PCH, they offer everything from elaborate floral bouquets to succulents, many of which they grow in their nursery. Best of all, their prices are easy to justify—case in point: the two-dozen roses for $20 deal is available on most days, along with a selection of beachy giftables. You can order or pick up an arrangement on the spot, or visit their nursery farther up the coast, near Pepperdine, for the full experience.
Maxfield
3939 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu
The Malibu outpost of the iconic mini department store (unlike many other Malibu shopping destinations, it's actually free-standing, near the Malibu lumber yard) is Maxfield's take on beach essentials—meaning you'll find the shelves especially full of cashmere, sweatshirts, sneakers, and some swimwear. That said, the location is still rich with the punky, art-house personality that is Tommy Perse's aesthetic. You'll find gorgeous Givenchy bags, unusual art on the walls, quirky accessories (like J.W. Anderson's penis-shaped key rings), and hard-to-find designer furniture.
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