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Boutique Peek: Jinny

Walnut Creek gets a dose of city chic from a magazine and TV vet.


Courtesy of Jinny

Jin H. Fillinger is no stranger to the fashion world. Her work in magazines and television, where she dressed models and characters, evolved into a love for outfitting real women. The modern vibe of her new Jinny boutique in Walnut Creek brings a jolt of big city fashion to the suburbs.

“San Francisco and Oakland already have plenty of places,” says Fillinger. “I love giving people a reason to drive east instead of west.”

The Decor

The aim is to be inviting, not intimidating. Classic jazz fills the store, floor-to-ceiling windows let in plenty of natural light, and paintings and sketches—as well as old suitcases—adorn the walls. The dressing rooms are lined with rich cream-colored curtains, and tucked away for extra privacy.

A Global Affair

Fillinger mixes styles from emerging designers, including linen and silk neutral-toned separates from New York brand Pas de Calais, and Italian knitwear from designer Isabel Benenato.

A Leg Up

Slip on a pair of R13 or Ström jeans, which come in skinny cuts and provide a slimming effect without suffocating your bottom half; or go more adventurous with an Adam Lippes sheer, double-layer lace skirt. No need for a slip with this bad boy, as just your legs get the peekaboo effect.  

Statement extras

Sprinkled throughout the store are Aquazzura lace-up booties in varying hues, as well as oh-so-trendy fringe boots. Accessorize with one of the cashmere-blend Faliero Sarti scarves, which are released seasonally in a new print and coveted for year-round layering.

Star-Studded Jewels

A glass case displays glitzy diamond pavé jewelry with an edge by Rona Pfeiffer, Michelle Pfeiffer’s sister-in-law and designer of her accessories in Dark Shadows. (Jinny is the only place you can find the jewelry in the East Bay.) Jinny also carries Aurélie Bidermann’s detailed gold-plated cuff necklaces.

1575 Botelho Dr., Walnut Creek, (925) 476-5857, shopjinny.com

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