Located since 1982 just footsteps from the infamous Venice Beach boardwalk scene, L.A.’s best-kept secret Animal House offers a truly unique shopping experience. A-list actors and Rock royalty alike hit the racks: Jessica Alba, Johnny Depp, Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale, Winona Ryder, Drew Barrymore, Angelica Huston, Sheryl Crow, Carolyn Murphy, Helen Hunt, Rachel Hunter, Jeremy Piven, Michael Richards, Michael Pitt, Asia Argento, Ed Furlong, John Malkovich, Erin Wasson, Stephen Dorff, Kelly Osborne, Roseanne Barr, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Nicholson, Lindsay Lohan, Brian Wilson, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Toby Mauire, Alanis Morissette, Chrissie Hynde and Sienna Miller are just a few of the customers who have known, loved and shopped at Animal House. Don’t be shy if you’re not famous, though: owner Ronny Kleyweg and engaging staff make anyone with a passion for expressing themselves through design and the clothing they wear equally welcome… even the civilians among us. A love for the hunt is all you need, and that same hunt for vintage is Kleyweg’s guiding motivation.
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Owner Ron Kleyweg during the 70's
Kleyweg (profiled recently in The Robb Report, GQ-Japan and The Palisadian Post) moved from Holland to Culver City as a boy and adapted to Los Angeles like a foot in a clog. Now 30 prosperous years later, Kleyweg’s hotter-than-hot vintage and contemporary Venice boutique Animal House is the place for Hollywood hipsters to meet, shop and style themselves with flair. Refusing to limit itself to just one genre, Animal House’s quirky eclecticism runs the gamut from Hawaiiana to Rock tees to denim and more- and thanks to its beachside location, you can even stop by for a pair of Havaianas flip flops.
Kleyweg and staff also work closely with Hollywood costumers for period movies, eBay’ers on the hunt, and location scouts for photo shoots at the Windward Avenue store. Kleyweg has established an enviable rapport with Hollywood insiders thanks to his friendly, laid back demeanor and strong desire not to gouge the already competitive vintage market, where buying low and selling high is standard. In fact, Kleyweg keeps prices so fair that buyers for other well known vintage stores in L.A. and New York routinely buy from Animal House, then mark up merchandise considerably! In a town where even celebrities want a bargain, Kleyweg knows what keeps ‘em coming back. Animal House remains the number one destination for vintage and modern clothes. High style doesn’t have to cost a fortune: take it from the celebs who can afford to pay anything, but choose to shop in Venice.
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