When hitting the San Diego malls this holiday season, keep your eyes out for these hot new retail stores at Fashion Valley and the newly renovated Westfield UTC.
Euro-inspired designs are spicing up the scene at Fashion Valley Mall ever since Spanish retailer Zara opened doors. While the international brand is a staple in most malls, it is now setting foot in San Diego for the first time with a two-story mega shop. Zara is adored for luxurious-looking designs with inexpensive price tags.
For the modish woman who means business, fitted dresses, casual knitwear and preppy high-collar blouses fly off the racks here, ranging from $50 to $150. For men, button-up shirts, sharp blazers and all styles of jeans (faded, slim fits, distressed) can be found for under $100. Little ones get the Zara treatment too, with mini-sized pea coats, printed pants and sparkly sweaters at similar price points.
7007 Friars Rd., #364
(619) 814-3220, zara.com
Tiffany & Co.
Westfield UTC welcomed the twinkle of Tiffany & Co. this month, a world-renowned jeweler with a history dating back to 1837. Gift shoppers and jewelry addicts alike can now bring home the infamous little blue box from UTC, whether it’s a legendary engagement ring, yellow diamond necklace or the signature earrings.
We’re scoping out holiday gifts for her, including the Tiffany Enchant Heart Lock Pendant and the sleek Tiffany Gemea Watch in stainless steel. For him, consider Tiffany Metropolis Cuff Links or the Tiffany & Co. Hinged Money Clip in sterling silver. Beyond the diamonds, Tiffany & Co. offers fragrances, handbags, scarves and the Tiffany Leather Goods collection.
4545 La Jolla Village Drive, H4
(858) 578-6022, tiffany.com
Now open in Westfield UTC, J. Crew brings preppy style to the mall, found in sleek women’s and men’s designs. Customers can’t get enough of J. Crew’s everyday classics, Italian cashmere, suiting, outerwear, handbags and Italian-made shoes. The J. Crew Collection label keeps things fresh with a seasonally updated selection of limited-edition designs.
Grab the Midnight Tweed Jacket and the Collection Bow-Belt Pant currently available for women or the Authentic Bayswater Peacoat and Vintage Cord Pants for men. Sophisticated bags, watches, scarves and jewelry complete the statement looks. You’ll also find sassy matching apparel for the little ones, including embellished cardigans and patent leather ballet flats.
4545 La Jolla Village Drive, C3
(858) 678-8714, jcrew.com
C. Wonder C. Wonder is the spirited new concept retailer from Chris Burch, the ex-husband of designer Tory Burch. The lifestyle brand’s San Diego debut brings a pop of color to Fashion Valley Mall, calling out to preppy-chic sensibilities across the county. The vibrant, female-centric store offers clothing, jewelry, home décor and gifts.
Prices are reasonable, with playful cardigans, printed silk blouses, plaid pencil skirts and cozy sweater dresses ranging between $100 and $200. Don’t overlook the statement jewelry. We have our eye on the stackable pave letter cuff bracelets, gold horse ring and the leopard print calf hair stud cuff. You’ll also find fresh gift ideas in home goods, from monogram coasters to decorative plates for animal lovers.
7007 Friars Rd., #325A (619) 293-3370, cwonder.com
The Limited brings a touch of sophisticated style to Fashion Valley Mall. Since its opening earlier this month, the store has welcomed in women on the prowl for classic and polished pieces at reasonable prices, shopping amidst chandeliers, wood flooring and a custom mural.
Right on trend for the season, shoppers can find endless sparkle in everything from a Metallic Snake Print Jacket for $138 to Sequin Legging Jeans for $98. We’re crazy about their winter white looks, such as the Fur-Collared Cardigan or the Cable Knit Infinity Scarf. More chic items like the Gold Zipper Pouch Purse and Gold Floral Lurex Tights put the shine back into the season.
7007 Friars Rd., #235
Splendid snuggled up into the recently renovated Westfield UTC, introducing San Diego shoppers to a brand that takes comfort to the next level. In 2002, Splendid designed an ultra-soft material for the ideal t-shirt, which quickly transformed into a complete lifestyle collection of effortlessly chic fashions for the entire family.
While the popular long-sleeve shirts for women can range from $75 to $300 (the Splendid Cashmere line runs on the higher end), we found a light jersey cardigan, a Lycra long skirt and slim printed leggings for under $100. Men, kids and juniors will find appropriate sizes and styles as well, while everyone can benefit from the Splendid Bodycare line. Stock up on hats, scarves and even boots or loafers while you’re there.
4545 La Jolla Village Drive, D30
(858) 677-9987, splendid.com
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