Shopping is back. In July, Los Angeles retail areas saw more foot traffic than a year before the pandemic, according to analytics firm Placer.ai. Insiders say Beverly Hills, in particular, is booming. “The rodeo is doing the best in all of America,” said Carine Mamann, executive director of Cushman & Wakefield Inc. LA Business Journal. It’s “the best street in America, even during COVID.” Gearys is building a new 15,000 square foot emporium on this famous street to meet an insatiable demand for luxury watches. “I feel optimistic,” says CEO Tom Blumenthal. With many stores opening (and reopening) across town, so do we. Looked.
Owner-designer Elizabeth Weinstock’s leather goods and furniture store has turned into a very woman Parisian apartment to house its new Andean line of French-inspired loungewear and lingerie. The richly imagined residence of a “modern Frenchwoman” houses cotton and pointelle briefs, boxers, bras, shirts and pajama sets for this life from bed to breakfast at the bar. 8159 W. Third St, Beverly Grove, shopandine.com.
The famous jeweler Colette Steckel (Madonna, Rihanna, Kate Hudson) opened her doors this summer, while the Franco-Mexican designer celebrates her 26 years of existence. The boutique offers its eponymous collection of cross necklaces and charms, signet rings and bracelets with decorative initials, as well as a myriad of accessory brands from Paris and Mexico. 250 26th St., Brentwood, colettejewelry.com.
One of the world’s most successful skincare brands opened a new flagship before the pandemic. He’s now back with his full line of products, including the Oprah-approved Daily Microfoliant, as well as luxury treatments. 605 W. Knoll Dr., West Hollywood, dermalogica.com.
Fans of Desiree Kohan architectural clothing, kept for 16 years in its Cloverdale store, will be delighted with its new 5,000 square foot Fairfax gallery space. This time everything is handpicked: womenswear by Belgian Christian Wijnants, draped pieces by Dusan, as well as vintage and modern jewelry, artwork, and new furniture and candles by Kohan. 914 N. Fairfax Ave., District of Fairfax, deskohan.com.
In her recently reopened boutique at The Row, Diana Ra offers soft, sunny, and perfectly fitted dresses and partings that strike the right balance between bohemian and modern. 1320 E. 7th St., downtown, draclothing.com.
Designer George Esquivel has handcrafted shoes for The Rock, Laura Dern and Janelle Monáe. His new 6,500 square foot workshop, Esquivel House, has a living room, showroom, and workshop where you can watch the products being made. 820, avenue S. Sante Fe, downtown, esquivelshoes.com.
Free Market is an evolving one-stop-shop collective, with 21,000 square feet of fashion, food, flowers, hats, stationery, skin care, candles and cultural facilities. 12751 W. Millennium Dr., Playa Vista, freemrkt.co.
The SoCal company makes stylish and well-designed leather handbags at an excellent price: $ 200 to $ 500. The most popular style, the VIP, comes in a range of sizes and easily converts from a shoulder bag to a clutch. 227 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, hammitt.com.
The 150-year-old British brand is considered the world’s best bespoke shoe maker. Even brogues and ready-to-wear boots go through a 190-step manufacturing process. 9530 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, johnlobb.com.
Maje at the grove
Fans of French brand It-Girl now have a 1,287 square foot Grove store in which to find whimsical short skirts, collared blouses, pastel jackets and youthful dresses. 189 The Grove Drive, Fairfax District, us.maje.com.
French brand Moncler, one of the first to use duvets in outerwear for men, women and children, is now mega-luxurious, adding a second tier for personal shopping. 340 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, moncler.com/fr-fr.
Paul Smith DTLA
Sir Paul Smith, famous for his brilliant prints and pointed British fit, has opened his second store in LA, this one next to the famous Orpheum Theater. British artist John Booth created the pop-art decor. 844 S. Broadway, downtown, paulsmith.com/us.
This piercing studio has landed in Los Angeles with two venues in time for the latest incarnation of the multiple piercing trend called earscaping. They work with needles and sell a variety of tiny gold nails. 8478-A Melrose Place, West Hollywood; 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Century City; studs.com.
A new concept from the brand behind crystal bling, “Wonderlab” is the reinvention of the company’s shiny jewelry into more fantastical and daring pieces. This also applies to stores. 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard, Century City, swarovski.com.
Frédéric Arnault, CEO of Tag Heuer (son of LVMH giant Bernard Arnault), presented a new watch with Super Mario at the opening of the Tag store in South Coast. “We can’t keep them in stock,” he says. 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, tagheuer.com.
Tried and true vintage
Down at the Row, Tried and True specializes in classic pieces from the 80s, 90s and early days like track jackets, sports jerseys and, of course, Air Jordans. Fans include The Strokes and Daft Punk. 777 Alameda, downtown, tryandtrueco.com.
The giant pink building in the former Hard Rock space of the Beverly Center is designed by famed British architect Sir David Adjaye. Clothing design is also great – there are selections from Chanel, Dior, Celine, Paco Rabanne and Givenchy, along with trendy and helpful staff. 8500 Beverly Boulevard, Beverly Grove, thewebster.us.
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