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Boutique Peek: Lanvie

A popular East Bay boutique aimed at contemporary women with an eye for detail opens a store in the Tri-Valley

Pleasanton’s growing row of boutiques recently welcomed a new shop, Lanvie, which opened its third East Bay location on Main Street. For professional women who don’t want to look stuffy or like the trend page of a teen mag, Lanvie is the place to build a wardrobe of classy basics and Euro-inspired fashion pieces.

Who you’ll see here: Lanvie caters to women who aren’t afraid of incorporating a few daring details­—like asymmetrical silhouettes or zipper detailing­—into an otherwise soft, pretty, and classic look.

Filling the fashion gap: Store co-owner and designer Lan Lui aims to fill the gap in contemporary fashion that often leaves busy women torn between inexpensive trendy pieces and stale business wear—or gob smacked by sky-high boutique prices. By pairing her imaginative designs with high-quality materials such as fine wool knits and semi-sheer silks, Lui has created one-of-a-kind, affordable fashion for the professional woman.

The Can’t Miss Piece: A black wrap dress made from stretchy knit wool, with grommet details and a little flirtatious mesh on the asymmetrical hem and deep-v neckline. Its unbelievably soft knit is perfectly cozy for the chilly months, with a sleek silhouette that’s great for the office but also slinky enough for date night.

Necessary Neutrals: The Lanvie brand is synonymous with chic neutrals, with slate gray, rich camel, and clean black on most of the racks. Daring silhouettes, like silky tops with ruched sleeves or paneled dresses with deep pockets, are infinitely more wearable for the working woman when they’re not in day-glo colors.

The Style Staple: According to Lui, every woman should have a trench coat. Lanvie carries a few different takes on the classic cover-up. Try on the classic and let the hem of a dress peek out at the bottom, or try a short version with more dramatic collar and zipper detailing for a trendier look.

Worth the splurge: A buttery leather bomber jacket in black with stitching details on the sleeves. It’s just edgy enough to be rocker-chic cool, with a feminine softness that makes it ideal for layering over a classic shift or a chiffon blouse. If black leather’s too biker, don’t worry—it’s also available in taupe.

Don’t forget: The accessory displays in between racks around the perimeter of the store. Lanvie has paired sumptuous silk scarves with the perfect leather flats and structured hobo bags for no-brainer accessorizing. Plus, there are more shoe and scarf displays against the back wall.

Lanvie, 310-C Main Street, Pleasanton, (510) 839-1228, lanvieapparel.com