by Erica Garza
Nestled between stunning canyons and the picturesque Pacific Coast, Malibu isn’t just home to expansive mansions and gorgeous beaches. Some of the best shopping in L.A. is here, with many businesses helmed by women.
From vegan skincare line OSEA to farm-to-table culinary experiences at Rockwell Kitchen, there’s something to whet everyone’s appetite, whether you’re after a new swimsuit or a new favorite bottle of wine. Check out our Malibu shopping guide to support the best women-owned businesses in town.
1. Strange Family Vineyards - Wine
Strange Family Vineyards was conceived by husband and wife team Shamra and Brian Strange of Malibu, after Shamra asked her husband to share with her a dream he’d given up on in the past. When he told her he’d always wanted to own a vineyard, the two began their vintner journey, growing exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes in theSanta Rita Hills and running their tasting room at the Malibu Lumber Yard. (Looking for more places to sip in Malibu? Check out our full guide to Malibu’s wineries.)
2. Room at the Beach - Home Decor & Interior Design
Passionate about helping you see your home as a sanctuary, Elizabeth Lamont has over 20 years of experience at the forefront of the design industry. Along with interior design services, which have transformed everything from celebrity homes to corporate offices, Lamont runs the Malibu retail store Room at the Beach, which specializes in home decor with a chic beach feel. Stock up on Egyptian cotton bed linens and luxurious Moroccan rugs or opt for the Malibu Signature Candle Club, available in a 3-month or 6-month subscription.
3. OSEA - Vegan Skincare
Inspired by the ocean, sun, earth and atmosphere, founder Jenefer Palmer created OSEA to deliver skincare products made with only the highest-quality ingredients. The vegan line includes cleansers, toners, serums and moisturizers derived from certified organic, bioavailable seaweed and pure steam-distilled and cold-pressed essential oils. One of the most unique products in their line is the Vagus Nerve Collection, which includes a nerve oil, pillow mist and guidebook to relieve anxiety and promote deep relaxation.
4. Bleusalt - Sustainable Basics
Bleusalt is a seasonless clothing line for all-year wear designed by founder Lyndie Benson. Elevated basics include tops, bottoms and outerwear for men and women, along with jumpsuits, dresses and accessories. Products are sustainably made in the USA from super-soft botanical fibers of the beech tree by Tencel. Ideal for layering and 100% eco-friendly, Bleusalt’s items can be worn from day to night, making you feel comfortable and effortlessly fashionable.
5. Sunroom - Women’s Clothing
Stocked with brands you know and love already like Lauren Manoogian and Eve Denim and lesser-known labels you’re bound to fall for, Sunroom doesn’t just invite shoppers to browse and buy, but also to “linger and be lit up,” according to owner Lucy Jolis. Located within the Malibu Country Mart, Sunroom offers a wide range of women’s clothing, swimwear, shoes and jewelry.
6. Malibu Contemporary Art Gallery - Art
Also located at the Malibu Lumber Yard, the Malibu Contemporary Art Gallery is owned by Malibu resident Lori Mills and Ojai resident Bobbi Bennett, who have curated exhibits and owned previous galleries in Southern California. Not only does the gallery feature contemporary works exclusively by Southern California-based artists, but they also spotlight pieces by a different artist from the Malibu Art Association each month. After picking up a piece or two to show off in your home gallery, consider attending one of their weekly community events or interactive activities that feature local talent in the community.
Shopping is technically cardio, and you’re going to need to refuel if you plan to hit all these hotspots. Do it right with Rockwell Kitchen, one of the newest female-owned eateries in the area led by Chef Alla Rockwell.
A farm-to-table experience serving wholesome food, Rockwell is much more than a food truck with our chef-driven seasonal menu, all locally-sourced. Breakfast options include the Grilled French Toast Sandwich and Shroom Omelette, while lunch and dinner options comprise everything from Lobster BLTs and Chickpea Tacos to Skirt Steak and Local Fish. Wash it down with a Kombucha or your favorite caffeinated drink and stop by the Merch Shop for a keepsake.
Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in TIME, Glamour, Health, VICE and Good Housekeeping.