Merry's: Fashion with Passion from Faraway Lands

A world of wearable art for her, for him, for the soul:
promoting world peace through cultural awareness.

Merry's dressing area, featuring Bedouin-style tents

Fashion with Passion * Accessories * Treasures
From Faraway Lands


A model wearing Moroccan clothes from Merry's (courtesy AfroStyle Magazine)

Two models wearing Moroccan clothes from Merry's (courtesy AfroStyle Magazine)     A model wearing tribal Pakistani and Bedouin clothes from Merry's (courtesy AfroStyle Magazine)
Images from photoshoot featuring clothing and accessories from Merry's courtesy of AfroStyle Magazine.

* Shop in the exotic atmosphere of an Eastern bazaar.

* Fairly-traded, sweatshop-free fashions and accessories for women and men, supporting indigenous artisans from Morocco, Pakistan, Egypt, India, Nepal, Turkey, Kenya, Afghanistan, Mongolia and beyond: boho-chic, traditional, and culturally-inspired tops, skirts, dresses, men's shirts, harem pants, outerwear, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, belts, tribal jewelry, scarves, hats, shoes, kaftans, kurtas, dashikis, gandoras, tunics, and so much more!

* Moroccan tops, skirts, pants, and dresses in the style and spirit of Laise Adzer: hand-woven, cut, and sewn by women in Morocco from the same genuine sousdi fabric that inspired her.

* Funky men's and women's fashions from Nepal, handmade in the Himalayas in an exotic array of styles and colors (including tie-dye).

* Authentic Egyptian basalt statuary: featuring figures straight from ancient Egyptian mythology and history-- many of them museum replicas-- these statues are available in a variety of sizes and price points, perfect for taking home a part of the majesty, mystery, and magic of the Age of the Pharaohs.

* Vintage tribal jewelry and Kuchi jewelry, made and traded by the nomads of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

* African and African-inspired fashions for men and women, including dashikis, kaftans, mudcloth, Ethiopian scarves and shawls, and more.

* Authentic Tibetan singing bowls, meditation thincha bells, bell and dorje sets, prayer wheels, prayer flags, and prayer beads (mala), all of them made in Nepal.

* A wide selection of unique, handmade purses and scarves from around the world.

* Hand-tooled, hand-painted water buffalo leather purses from India featuring bold images of folk dancers, villagers, animals, henna patterns, and more.

* Kurta tops, cotton skirts, and Bollywood-style jewelry from India.

* Hand-embroidered throws, tapestries, and bedspreads from around the world.

* Mongolian batik tapestries and wall hangings based on ancient Silk Road cave paintings.

* Oya (Turkish lace) scarves and chokers from Turkey.

* Vintage and tribal wall hangings from India, Pakistan, and Niger, plus Egyptian hand-painted metal and leather wall art.

* A curated selection of belly dance separates, costumes, accessories, hip sashes, coin jewelry, and bellydance-inspired fashion: perfect for dancing, or "just because"!

* Handmade Peruvian rings, hand jewelry, earrings, necklaces, and more, including earrings made from organic materials like fish scales, pumpkin skin, bull horn, and more.

* A bevy of big boho belts, handmade in Morocco from authentic Moroccan leather.

* Inspiring artwork, including an 8-foot-tall, two-panel painting of Cleopatra (oil on wood) by Egyptian artist Fadia, and ancient Aramaic lettering (oil and vintage Bible leaf decoupage on wood) from Danny Hughes' "The 72 Names of God" series.

* Aromatic Palo Santo wood and authentic Palo Santo burners from Peru.

A photo of a Press-Telegram newspaper box, with Merry's on the front page
As seen in The Press-Telegram:
"Faraway Fashion" (Front Page of Print Edition)
"Long Beach Business Merry's is a Fashion Oasis of Cultural Awareness" (Online Edition)

As seen on KTLA in Chris Burrous' "Shop Local" series
CLICK HERE to watch the TV segment!

* More Merry's in the media:
   The Press-Telegram (Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo's Tibetan Buddhist thangka presentation and Nepal fundraiser at Merry's)
   The Press-Telegram (Last-minute Christmas shopping, plus photos of Merry's here and here)
   The Grunion Gazette ("SHOP LOCAL: Merry's Owner Seeks World Peace")
   The demo video for Rhythm Abroad, a music, dance and travel show.
   The Press-Telegram ("Fashion with a social conscience")
   The Press-Telegram ("Broadway thrives in Long Beach")
   DeAnna Cameron's Scribbling Gypsy blog (photos from Merry's Halloween Hafla 2009)
   DeAnna Cameron's Scribbling Gypsy blog (photos from The Belly Dancer book release party at Merry's)
   The Grunion Gazette ("Cultural Awareness, Peace at Heart of Clothing Boutique")
   The Press-Telegram (celebrating Three Cups of Tea with dance): "Making Merry" and photo gallery
   The Press-Telegram (Merry's recycled purses)
   The Press-Telegram (Merry's store and biography)
   The Beachcomber
   The District Weekly
   DeAnna Cameron's Scribbling Gypsy blog (celebrating Three Cups of Tea with dance)
   DeAnna Cameron's Scribbling Gypsy blog

THANK YOU LONG BEACH for voting us your #1 clothing store! (The Beachcomber newspaper)

There's always so much new to see at Merry's!

EVEN MORE MOROCCAN MAGIC! Our Moroccan clothing section is overflowing with the most Moroccan dresses, skirts, pants and tops we've had in years, including new styles and colors! They're handmade by Moroccan women in the beautiful, flowing sousdi fabric unique to the region, in the style and spirit of Laise Adzer.

RECYCLED SARI FLOOR PILLOWS, MEDITATION STOOLS, AND POUFS! Shimmering near our dressing tents in the back room, they're made in India from repurposed scraps of sequined saris and are perfect for meditation seats or exotic home accents!

MORE VINTAGE TRIBAL KUCHI JEWELRY! Become part of the story of these amazing vintage belts, necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, rings, earrings, camel tassels, pendants, and more, made and traded by the Kuchi nomads of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northern India. Primal, intricate, bold, and beautiful!

PRAYER BEADS (MALA), INLAID BOXES, AND INCREDIBLE FASHION FROM INDIA! Be inspired by our sandalwood and rudraksha seed 108-bead malas (prayer beads), keep your secrets safe in our inlaid Indian boxes, or celebrate life in the wildest, most colorful harem pants we've ever seen!

TAPESTRIES FROM INDIA! From cultural and traditional to groovy hippie-chic, our 100% cotton tapestries from India feature elephant prints, Hindu deities, Tree of Life designs, tie dye peace signs, intricate mandalas, traditional paisley designs, "Om" symbols, and much more! They make great throws or bedspreads, too!

THE MONGOLIAN CAMEL BELLS ARE BACK! Bells like these help camels keep cadence as they walk-- but even if you don't have any camels, the chime of these rustic little bells can still bring a joyful sound to your home!

PALO SANTO: NATURAL, AROMATIC "HOLY WOOD" FROM PERU! In a centuries-old tradition dating to the time of the Incas, our friends in Peru gather the fragrant fallen branches of the Palo Santo (Holy Wood) tree and cut them into short staves. It's an all-natural incense, with absolutely no additives-- the brisk, refreshing, summertime scent occurs naturally in the wood! Considered to be holy, the indigenous Peruvians believed that Palo Santo can be burnt like incense to spiritually cleanse areas, remove negativity, and bring health and good luck. We also have authentic Peruvian Palo Santo burners (also called censers or thuribles), made in Peru from repurposed cans!

FROM NEPAL: NEW TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS, PRAYER WHEELS, BELL AND DORJE SETS, PRAYER BEADS, AND MORE Made in Nepal in the time-honored traditions, we are proud to showcase a new collection of beautiful and affordable singing bowls, "Om Mani Padme Hum" prayer wheels, bell and dorje (vajra) sets, prayer beads (mala), and more. It is our hope that the prayers and beautiful tones will reach their homeland in the Himalayas.

...And so much more, with new arrivals all the time!

Looking for Unique Halloween Costumes? "Think Outside the Bag" at Merry's!
Calling King Tut and Queen Nefertiti: our Egyptian Pharaoh beaded scarab collars, beaded scarab belts, cobra crowns and cobra armbands are back in stock just in time for Halloween (yes, they're really from Egypt)!
At Merry's, you can take a vacation from the ho-hum bagged and pre-assembled chain store costumes and put together something that's uniquely YOU: from gypsies and bellydancers to hippies and Pharaohs, the only limit is your imagination! Best of all, you'll be supporting indigenous artisans around the world. Second best of all, you'll have pieces you can wear and enjoy as separates and accessories long after Halloween is over!

2747 E. Broadway
Long Beach, California
(Three short blocks from the beach, between Temple and Molino)
562-987-4363 /

An easy drive from Los Angeles or Orange County-- click here for a map!

Tuesday ~ Saturday 11ish to 6ish
And Sunday Noonish to 5ish
(Closed Monday)

Photo of Humphrey the camel

Come visit Humphrey, the life-sized rusty metal camel sculpture-- when he's outside, we're open! #kisshumphrey

Merry's is a retail store only-- sorry, due to the nature of our often one-of-a-kind items, we can't do web orders!