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Boutique Peek: Jinny

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


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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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