Whiskey + Leather: Contrasting Themes on Coast Village Road

 

Whiskey + Leather Co-owners Ariel Hujar (left), and Zee Chew, with shop dogs Tugboat and Josie.

1101 Coast Village Road
Montecito, CA 93108
805-770-5155

whiskeyleather.com

Contrasting themes permeate Whiskey + Leather, the cool new lifestyle store on Coast Village Road – men’s and women’s clothing, antique treasures and the latest big looks in fashion, and a fresh bright interior, anchored by dark, worn original wooden floors. It’s these fun qualities that set this boutique apart from the crowd.  Co-owners Zee Chew and Ariel Hujar, capitalized on their shared love of fashion and past experience to create this unique lifestyle brand. The name was inspired by a mutual love of cocktails, a good time and of course clothing. And they made sure that it was gender-neutral, so that men and women would feel equally comfortable shopping the store.  As for the curated mix of timeless treasures and au courant ready-to-wear and accessories, the pair “wants the shopping experience to feel like you are hanging at a friend’s house, getting dressed up for a night out.” That feeling is taken a step further, as the cash wrap counter doubles as a place to display a wonderful selection of jewelry and fine spirits and where friends and customers can gather. Top-selling men’s lines include Scotch & Soda and 7 diamonds and for women, Tularosa, Monrow, Hudson, and Joah Brown. And if you are lucky enough to stop in on a day that adorable shop dogs Tugboat and Josie are “working”, expect an enthusiastic greeting from the pair. They’ve never met a customer they didn’t like.