By Mary McBain
I have no problem admitting that I do not love shopping. I do, however, love the feeling of a nice new outfit … quite the conundrum.
Enter Susie Riley with her incredible store Out of the Box in Burbank – which, if you’re like me, will completely change your view on clothes shopping.
Having recently graduated from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising here in L.A.), Susie wasted no time before opening her own store in December 2013, and with great support from the local community it’s already proving to be a very exciting business. Susie has an incredible talent for designing stunning, practical, and original clothing for women – all at an affordable price.
What makes this store even more special is that all of the clothes are made locally in Sun Valley. Furthermore they are all “designed, cut, sewn, dyed, pressed, and washed ‘in-house’ so the quality is extremely high.” I am also assured that these beautiful clothes can be machine washed and dried and will never shrink – “I stand by that,” Susie says.
The atmosphere in Out of the Box is wonderfully relaxed and there is always someone on hand to help you put together the perfect outfit – together with original jewelry made by local women including authentic vintage jewelry by Joyce Moskovitz. “That’s what makes us your One-Stop Shop.” They even offer alterations for as little as $5.
Susie listens to her customers and understands what women want; she mindfully designs pieces that easily coordinate so you can just “throw something together and feel beautiful.” The prints are all original and designed by Susie along with the intricate and elegant detailing. Nothing is mass produced – so you’ll never run into someone wearing the same thing as you. The same dyes are used for mix and match items and all year round they carry clothes for every season; Susie even caters to your every need for weddings. And did I mention the flattering lighting in the fitting rooms?
Out of the Box carries breathable 100% American Cotton, Cupro, Linen, French terry workout gear, and items in the same material as the Juicy suits, to name but a few. The sizes range from XS to 7X.
If all of this isn’t enough to get you rushing down to Out of the Box, they will have a Parking Lot Sale on May 16, 17, & 18 from 9a-6p in the parking lot next to the store. Everything will be $10 and under and will include coats, dresses, denim, skirts, tank tops, scarves, T-shirts, cover ups, jeans, and slips. Additionally, if you’re looking for gifts you’ll find beautifully handmade candles and if you’d like to try your hand at designing your own clothes Out Of the Box sells original fabric too.
After wearing Susie’s designs this weekend and having countless compliments – I can say with utter confidence, you are not going to want to miss out on this opportunity to update your closet!
Out of the Box is located at 2022 W. Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank and is open Monday through Saturday 10a—6p. Call (818) 239-2256 for more information.