Popped our collars & hollered ‘LA’. Pt.2 The Opening

Leaving things ’till the last-minute is a NIGHTMARE! Won’t go into details, but will only say ‘UPS!’

It was the day of Lawrence Watson’s opening of ‘FRANKLY MR SHANKLY‘ show at KNIBB DESIGN SHOWROOM

To say that Sean Knibb (the owner of Knibb Showroom), Sharon (Lawrence’s wife), and I were kinda ‘edgy’ that things were not as far along as we hoped  when we arrived was putting it mildly. However, we all dug in, left Lawrence, Angelo and some help from Sean to hang the show and with thankful back-up from Denise, Jay and Leigh running around LA sorting out the extras, it all jelled very nicely.


The turnout from USA and UK (shockingly amount of Brits at the opening) was amazing! Joel turned out some fat tunes on the deck and kept the guests heads bobbing back and forth (I’m sure I caught him singing out loud to himself!)

A great compliment about The FRANKLY MR SHANKLY SHOW was made

” One of the best exhibition LA has seen in years”. And it was mentioned more than once I might add.

Film and movie shakers turned up in force, making the event into a ‘6 degrees of separation’ for many!

The after party was held in a warehouse just down the road too and rocked until 2am!

So you if you happen to be in Venice, California, shoot over to have a view. You will NOT be disappointed and  a major plus for me and I am sure for many others, Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a true champion of the independent retailer! Not even a Starbucks, or big high street names to be seen! It’s rich and diverse  in boutiques, galleries, home wares, art and design stores, Bars and  eateries. So go and knock yourself out with happiness and in meantime here’s a sneak peek!


From 7th May – 1st June 2011


1522 Abbot Kinney Blvd

Venice, CA 90291

Tel: 310 450 5552

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