Shop Talk: Nordstrom's Merch-Free Concept Store Coming Soon; Madonna's Skincare Line Is Here

3:19 PM 9/28/2017

by Ingrid Schmidt

Your guide to shopping in L.A. for the week ahead.

Madonna launches MDNA SKIN collection at Barneys New York in New York City on Sept. 26, 2017.
Madonna launches MDNA SKIN collection at Barneys New York in New York City on Sept. 26, 2017.
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  • L.A. Original Pop-Up Shop Lands in Century City

    As part of L.A.'s Manufacturing Week, which will be kicked off by Mayor Eric Garcetti, an "L.A. Original" pop-up shop will open at Westfield Century City featuring products designed, produced or assembled in Los Angeles by over 20 companies and retailers. Among the goods: Sisters of Los Angeles glassware, a Clare V. tote and wallet, The Garage skateboards, Cisco Home sustainable furniture, Cha Cha Covers nail decals, Zero Gravity phone cases and Hedley & Bennett aprons. Proceeds support local creative entrepreneur programs in underserved communities, initially Made by DWC, a program of Downtown Women's Center. Open through Dec. 31.

    Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City

    8:12 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29: The Hollywood Reporter was provided incorrect information from a public relations firm about Mayor Eric Garcetti's involvement in the L.A. Original pop-up shop. His level of involvement, if any, is unclear at this time.

    10:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29: The post has been updated to reflect Mayor Eric Garcetti's kick off of Manufacturing Week.

  • Madonna's Skincare Line Arrives at Barneys New York

    Madonna stepped out at Barneys New York on Sept. 26 for the U.S. launch of MDNA Skin, a company she founded in 2014 in partnership with Japanese beauty brand MTG; the pop star’s dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank is on board as a consultant. The six-piece line ($50-$600, exclusively at Barneys New York stores and is comprised of a Chrome Clay Mask (made with clay, olive oil and thermal water from spa destination Montecatini, Italy), a face wash, face serum, eye serum, eye mask, rose-scented facial mist and a magnetized, dual-headed device designed for use in conjunction with the products. The facial serum ($150-$240) is touted as "Madonna's secret formula" designed to "meet her uncompromising standards with a signature blend of hydrators, anti-aging peptides, antioxidants and brighteners," said a press release. Enough said.

    Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills


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  • Nordstrom's Local Concept Shop and Westfield Century City Store Opens Next Week

    Could a store with no merch be the next thing? The first Nordstrom Local concept store opens on Tuesday, Oct. 3 on Melrose Place.  Devoid of inventory, the 3,000-square-foot space is rather dedicated to services: complimentary appointments with personal stylists from nine area stores, custom wardrobing, manicures, same-day pick-up of online purchases, local home delivery, alterations and more. "We feel that speed and conveniences are the greatest luxuries for modern customers," said senior vice president of customer service Shea Jensen. 

    Also on Tuesday, Nordstrom opens a Westfield Century City store (relocating after more than 30 years at Westside Pavilion); the first 500 customers will receive $20 gift cards. The 154,000-square-foot location — decorated with 98 pieces of art — includes Bar Verde restaurant and an exclusive Space boutique with buzzy labels curated by vp of creative projects, Olivia Kim. There will also be complimentary help from stylists, online merch reserved to try on in store, and same-day local delivery. Khloé Kardashian and Emma Grede (co-founders of size-inclusive, denim-focused Good American brand) will talk body positivity on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. For a schedule of all in-store events (designer appearances, product personalization and a showcase of emerging designers on Oct. 6-8), see

    Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City

  • New Store Openings at Westfield Century City

    On Tuesday, Oct. 3, Tory Burch will re-open the orange lacquer doors of its renovated, brass-and-travertine-fronted boutique at Westfield Century City (the brand’s 14th California location) where personal stylists will be on hand to assist with shopping. Fans Emily Blunt, Rashida Jones and Vanessa Kirby attended the designer’s spring 2018 show earlier this month in New York.

    Chocolate was flowing on Sept. 27 at the opening party for L.A.’s gourmet chocolatier Compartes latest location, inspired by the look of an early 20th century European chocolate shop with interiors by L.A. designer Kelly Wearstler. Handmade chocolates are decorated on site and frozen hot chocolate is on tap. Cate Blanchett, Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman and Dustin Hoffman are all certified Compartes chocaholics.

    Amsterdam-based menswear brand Suitsupply debuts a 4,224-square-foot outpost on Oct. 3, joining locations in Venice and Beverly Center (with a West Hollywood shop slated for 2018 and a Newport Beach store open soon). Michael Kelly, Idris Elba, Bruno Mars, Tim Gunn, John Travolta, David Schwimmer and director David Nutter have all suited up in the label, which offers suits in top-notch fabrics from $399 to $999, plus off-duty garb. Also on site: A tailor for alterations and a made-to-measure department with suits, shirts, trousers and jackets ready in three to five weeks.

    Calling kids of all ages! Disney revealed a prototype store this week (the only other U.S. location is Northridge Fashion Center) with more elevated-looking displays of products from the Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars brands. A large screen live streams the daily parade at Disney park. Also new is a revamped site, peddling everything from Coach leather handbags ($280) and Ethan Allen dining chairs ($1079) sprouting Mickey Mouse ears to a titanium Kylo Ren watch by Nixon ($2,500), Captain America waffle makers ($35), and Chewbacca-bedecked socks by Stance ($20, so you can twin with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who donned a pair last week) Collabs coming soon: nail wraps by NCLA, SIWY denim, Le Creuset cookware, and Rag & Bone fashion.

    Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City

  • Simples Tonic Shop & Apothecary Debuts in Santa Monica

    Move over, juice. Plant-based tonics, devoid of calories, may be an alternative elixir. Simples (founded this year by Malibu-based herbalist Traci Donat, who has been growing and brewing healing, plant-based brews for family and friends — including actress and holistic beauty entrepreneur Shiva Rose — for over ten years) will launch its first brick-and-mortar store in Santa Monica on Saturday, Sept. 30. Among the eight nutrient-rich, medicinal tonics brewed on site ($6 to $15) are Nettle (for stress and adrenal burnout), Rose (an uplifting, calming aphrodisiac) and Burdock (a blood and bowel detox). The shop will also sell plant-based tinctures and products from other herbalists and brands.

    Simples Tonic Shop & Apothecary; 2724 Main Street, Santa Monica

  • Universal Standard Opens Three-Day Pop-Up Shop

    Size-inclusive, New York-based fashion label Universal Standard (with designs for women sized 10 to 28) lands in L.A. this weekend for a three-day pop-up shop. The shop will feature the direct-to-consumer brand’s fashion and accessories collections and offer the chance to win a fall starter kit, pre-order new pieces, meet co-founders Polina Veksler and Alex Waldman, participate in styling sessions, and even become the next face of the brand.

    Hours are 12 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 29; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on September 30; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on October 1, with open call auditions for plus-size models on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. for the next ad campaign. Coming mid-November is a collab with Orange Is The New Black actress Danielle Brooks on three "universally flattering, trend-pushing styles" according to a brand statement. The label offers to replace any core collection piece within a year, free of charge, if a customer needs to resize, due to weight fluctuations.

    Redefine Hollywood, 5426 Flemish Lane, East Hollywood

  • Poketo Pops Up in Little Tokyo

    In a temporary move from its downtown Arts District home, while a sprawling new space is under construction at Row DTLA, accessories-focused Poketo has popped up in Little Tokyo until early 2018. The 4,000-square-foot shop features the brand’s stationery and desktop collection, along with housewares, fashion accessories, books, toys, and gifts curated by husband-and-wife team Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan. Upcoming workshops include cocktail-making with Pharmacie on Sunday Oct. 15 and photography instruction with Bonnie Tsang on Sunday, Oct. 29. And L.A.’s Eightfold Coffee hosts a matcha tea cart in the the shop every weekend.

    Poketo, 374 E. 2nd Street, Little Tokyo

  • Evoke The Spirit Warehouse Sale

    Evoke The Spirit will hold an L.A. warehouse sale tomorrow and Saturday with up to 70 percent off wares designed by Brittney Borjeson and crafted by Wiraxia artisans in the village of Sayulita, Mexico. In the mix are rugs, pillows, wall hangings, jewelry, ceramics and decorative cow skulls. A portion of sales will benefit the victims of recent earthquakes in Mexico. Hours are Friday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    2609 Brighton Avenue, Suite A; Adams-Normandie


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  • The Harmonist Branches Into Ciel Spa

    Juliette Binoche, Kate Hudson and Catherine Deneuve are patrons of feng shui-inspired French perfume house The Harmonist, which opened its U.S. flagship last year on Melrose Place. Now the fragrance company (that touts ten unisex scents, $285 for 1.7 oz., created in pairs to mirror the ying and yang of the elements water, wood, earth, fire and metal) will debut a shop-in-shop within the Philippe Starck-designed Ciel Spa at SLS Beverly Hills on Sunday, Oct. 1. By inputting birth date, time and place in a questionnaire, customers are guided to their personal element.

    SLS Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienaga Blvd, Beverly Hills

  • Haney x Florist Jeff Leatham Frocks

    Former celeb stylist Mary Alice Haney’s L.A. fashion label Haney has been worn by Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift, Scarlet Johansson and Jessica Biel, who donned a metallic halter dress at the HBO Emmy’s after party earlier in September. Now the designer has teamed up with florist-to-the-stars Jeff Leatham (Oprah Winfrey and Kris Jenner are customers) to launch three collaborative orchid-patterned silk dresses ($1100-$1800), available for pre-order this week at


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  • Eddie Bauer Limited Edition by Ilaria Urbinati

    Fashion stylist Ilaria Urbinati — who counts Bradley Cooper, Tom Hiddleston, Rami Malek, Ben & Casey Affleck, Nina Dobrev and Shailene Woodley as clients — has teamed up with heritage brand Eddie Bauer for a capsule womenswear line inspired by Bauer’s outdoorsy skeet-shooting wife, Christine. The Eddie Bauer Limited Edition by Ilaria Urbinati collection consists of cold-weather wardrobe staples with downtown cool: Thermals, denim, plaid flannels, easygoing knits and jackets, $70 to $349 at select Eddie Bauer stores and as of Sept. 27.