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Santa Barbara Independent featuring KULE Montecito store and Nikki Kule

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ON Culture | Six Degrees of Conner Coffin, Iration, Kevin A. Short, and KULE by Leslie Dinaberg

ON the Catwalk

KULE founder/designer Nikki Kule at her new store in the Montecito Country Mart. | Credit: Courtesy

As someone with an inordinate number of stripes in my closet, I was excited to hear that KULE has opened a kewl new store in the Montecito Country Mart and it’s stocked to the rafters with stylishly striped fashions, as well as limited-edition glassware and other beachy-casual chic houseware items. When I asked founder/designer Nikki Kule why she decided to open her first West Coast store here, she said “I’m really drawn to the California lifestyle. My son moved out to the West Coast, and every time I visit, I always feel so relaxed.”

Her other boutiques are in Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center and Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill, quite a different vibe from Montecito. Kule said, “I love that California laid-back energy; it’s so perfect for the KULE brand.” For more about the designer, who started her career in luxe children’s togs and now outfits the whole family, as well as the house, click here