Over the past weekend, the highly anticipated opening of the Case Study Unholy Matrimony space took place on a Los Angeles block very familiar to us: La Brea between 1st and 2nd. We use the term “space” in lieu of “store” or “shop” because of Case Study Unholy Matrimony’s set up is atypical as it bears a strong resemblance to a gallery. White walls, concrete floors and proper lighting make for the perfect setting for the space’s inventory consisting of labels such as Hussein Chalayan, Undercover, Martin Margiela, Junya Watanabe, Kris Van Asche, Comme des Garcons, Peachoo & Krejbberg, Sigi, and the store’s namesake, Unholy Matrimony by artist Brett Westfall. In addition to the highlighted labels previously listed, jewelry from Sonia Boyajian and Margiela will be available as well as a great collection from Darcy Miro, who collaborated with Westfall on a series of pieces for his current Unholy Matrimony collection.
The opening definitely lived up to its immense expectations. Friends and family came in hordes to support this latest endeavor from Westfall, whose last venture in retail, the Comme des Garcons Guerrilla Store +1 213, was a great success. Westfall has taken his artistic approach to his work and has incorporated it seamlessly into this new space. The ample room coupled with the space’s tastefully minimal layout creates many opportunities for installations, which has already been taken advantage of by the store’s proprietor, whose work can currently be seen against one of the east walls. In addition to those pieces from Westfall, his collaborative installation with KZO’s Joel K. was also on display and it was met with much enthusiasm due to the interesting juxtaposition of lush greenery set against the concrete floor. The artistic expression does not end there as the aforementioned jeweler and artist Darcy Miro contributed some of her incredible metal sculptures to the space adding to the gallery-like dimension to the space.