Christian Louboutin Hits Beverly Hills
A new, red-carpeted two-story Christian Louboutin West Coast flagship has landed in Beverly Hills — which recently also welcomed a new Jennifer Fisher jewelry boutique — in a building that once housed Charlie Chaplin’s offices. Now, it stocks the French luxury label’s footwear, fragrances, bags and leather accessories for men and women. An interior wall and an exclusive capsule line of shoes and handbags are decorated with French artist Jean-Vincent Simonet’s impressionistic designs. The decor is an ode to global getaways, from Portugal to Mexico. The new store replaces the designer’s former outpost on Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood.
The store’s opening was heralded with a drive-in screening of the 2020 documentary film, director Olivier Garouste’s In the Footsteps of Christian Louboutin, which was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with Janelle Monae, model/illustrator Langley Fox, DJ D-Nice and Dita Von Teese in attendance. Louboutin’s long list of Hollywood devotees includes Zendaya, Cardi B, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Sterling K. Brown, Michael B. Jordan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Taylor Swift, who donned Louboutin’s pink peep-toe suede pumps at the 2021 Grammys.
Available in the new Beverly Hills flaghsip store, the brand’s daringly architectural spiked raffia Poupedou sandal zips at the back and features a nearly 4 inch heel. It’s designed in black calfskin leather that’s embossed to resemble snakeskin with two straps trimmed in natural raffia. Christian Louboutin, 477 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, christianlouboutin.com.
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Onitsuka Tiger Debuts in Beverly Hills
Japanese brand Onitsuka Tiger unveiled a first West Coast location in Beverly Hills, featuring its sporty, retro-cool footwear, apparel and accessories.
Uma Thurman famously wore Onitsuka Tiger’s signature Mexico 66 yellow sneakers in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 film Kill Bill. Tarantino and Will Smith have also worn that style and Smith and his daughter, Willow, have both teamed up with the label for collaborations. A children’s apparel line is exclusive to this store, as are sneakers embossed with “Beverly Hills” and a T-shirt with a California-inspired motif. Onitsuka Tiger, 474 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, onitsukatiger.com
Inspired by classic trainers, Onitsuka Tiger’s unisex Mexico 66 sneaker has a retro 60s look and is crafted in leather with a heel-cross reinforcement.
Maison Kitsuné Arrives in Silver Lake
The French-Japanese fashion and music label opened its first retail space on the West Coast in Silver Lake. With golden-orange interiors inspired by California deserts, the store has an internal garden featuring native plants, rocks and cacti.
From T-shirts and swimsuits to sharply tailored blazers and button-downs, chic skirts and silk scarves, many pieces feature a fox (“kitsuné” in Japanese) motif; there is also a capsule line created with Los Angeles-based graphic artist Ben Klevay. Famous fans include Jay-Z, Natalie Portman, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Meghan Markle and brand ambassador Rashida Jones. Maison Kitsuné Los Angeles; 3816 W. Sunset Boulevard, Silver Lake, maisonkitsune.com.
Made in Portgual, Maison Kitsuné’s unisex cotton rib-knit crewneck sweatshirt is a collaboration with L.A.-based artist Ben Klevay.
Teller Opens in Culver City
Teller is a new multi-brand women’s boutique from Joey Miller and David Fishbein of Runyon Group, founders of the Platform shopping complex in Culver City and its menswear shop The Optimist.
A second location of the men’s store — frequented by Hollywood stylist Ilaria Urbinati for clients such as Milo Ventimiglia, along with actor Ross Butler — has popped up at 219 N. Larchmont Boulevard through May. The new sister shop boasts a curated edit of nearly 60 independent labels from around the globe, many exclusive, along with vintage furniture and objects. Teller, Platform, 8820 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, tellershop.com.
Available at The Optimist, Stan’s Wilkesboro Star Quilt Jacket is taken from a 1925 star-patterned quilt and hand-pieced and hand-stitched in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
Mulberry Debuts at South Coast Plaza
Mulberry has debuted its first L.A.-area store at South Coast Plaza, carrying all the latest men’s and women’s bags and accessories, including sunglasses and jewelry. In celebration of the British luxury brand’s 50th anniversary this year, Mulberry has introduced Icon Editions bags, miniature-sized riffs on the most memorable styles delivered in limited-edition drops. Clients include Meghan Markle, Mandy Moore, Emma Roberts, Kate Hudson, Yara Shahidi, and Chloe Grace Moretz. Mulberry, South Coast Plaza, level 1, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, mulberry.com.
Mulberry’s iconic Alexa bag, known for its slouchy silhouette, features a braided top handle and double-strap closure.
Bleusalt Opens in Malibu
The seasonless, luxury basics apparel brand Bleusalt, created by Lyndie Benson, has premiered a first store in its home base of Malibu.
Each sumptuously comfortable piece is crafted sustainably and cruelty-free in Los Angeles of antimicrobial, machine-washable fabric. Benson teamed up with Patrick Dempsey on its men’s line and with Cindy Crawford and daughter, Kaia Gerber, to co-design two women’s pants and a cropped hoodie. The styles are also favored by Gigi Hadid, Lisa Rinna, Kris Jenner, Sofia Richie, Amelia Gray Hamlin and Hollywood hairstylist Jen Atkin. Bleusalt, Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, #19, Malibu. bleusalt.com
Bleusalt’s slim Cindy Pant with an elastic waistband and flare leg came into being after Benson’s friend Cindy Crawford asked the designer to make her favorite style of pants in the label’s signature Beechtree fabric. Derived from 95 percent beechwood, a sustainable material, the fabric is antimicrobial, breathable and machine washable. Available in 10 colors.
Hammitt Hits Manhattan Beach
The Hermosa Beach-based handbag and small leather goods company founded by Tony Drockton, with designs by Jeanne Allen, will open its second location in Manhattan Beach on April 22. (There is currently one store at South Coast Plaza). With a focus on function, the upscale bags known for their signature rivets and bold red lining have been spotted on the arms of Angelina Jolie, Mindy Kaling, Issa Rae, Taylor Swift and Kerry Washington. The store offers stamped monograms, gifts with purchase, and complimentary local delivery via a Hammitt golf cart. Hammitt, 227 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, hammitt.com
Hammitt’s limited-edition, snake-print Dillon Small bag has leather flaps that flip to give it six different looks. It features a removable cross-body strap, brushed gold metal hardware, exterior cell phone pocket and interior credit card slot.
120% Lino Arrives in Beverly Hills
The Italian fashion brand, which already has locations in Costa Mesa and Palm Desert, will open its new Beverly Hills store within days at 9533 Brighton Way.
Known for its high-quality organic linen wear — from floral-print dresses and wide-leg pants to striped Bermuda shorts — the store also carries accessories from the label’s collaboration with Italian brand Rosantica. Celebrities who have worn 120% Lino include Ryan Seacrest, Robert Downey Jr., and Jamie Dornan. 120% Lino, 9533 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 120percento.com.
120% Lino’s Midi Dress in Tulip features a sequined and macrame bodice.