To Shop: Canvas Boutique and Gallery

To Shop: Canvas Boutique and Gallery(Courtesy of Patrick O'Brien Smith)
Six years ago, upon learning that a West Coast move was in my immediate future, I insisted that my then-boyfriend – and current husband – and I make sunny Malibu our new home. Adopting an oceanside town lifestyle seemed like the ultimate dive-in-head-first approach to SoCal living for a diehard New Yorker. Sadly, my colorless East Coast attire didn’t help my cause in the least. 
   
To Shop: Canvas Boutique and GalleryCanvas Boutique and Gallery, located smack in the middle of the mellow yet infinitely stylish shopping mecca, Malibu Country Mart, is the epitome of the aforementioned low-key aesthetic —with an added jolt of coolness. Here, one can supplement a beach-ready wardrobe (I’m talking flowy maxi dresses, denim cut-offs and gauzy scarves for chilly evenings) with sleek accessories like one-of-a-kind jewelry, limited-edition sneakers and an in-house line of casual tees and button-downs for both men and women. For the home, proprietors — and fellow NYC transplants — Jac and Arlington Forbes make sure the gallery walls are adorned with works by up-and-coming local painters, photographers and mixed media artists. It truly is a unique one-stop shop experience.
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