Your guide to shopping in L.A. for the week ahead.
On Sept. 5, Nasty Gal will resurrect its After Party collection of reworked vintage styles at nastygal.com. The drop will include 20 one-of-a-kind pieces ($70 to $200), made in downtown Los Angeles, including distressed, patchwork and embellished denim pieces from Levi’s and Wrangler, rock band tees, hand-studded leather shorts, and the revival of a best-selling leather skirt with a flame motif. Past After Party styles have been worn by the likes of Taylor Swift, singer Alessia Cara and model Alessandra Ambrosio.
The After Party by Nasty Gal collection will be available at nastygal.com
Among the latest openings in the $1 billion renovation at Westfield Century City are new Current/Elliott, Equipment and Joie stores (the three brands in the L.A.-based Dutch LLC portfolio) that all opened their doors on Thursday, August 24. Joie counts Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner, Kelly Ripa and Allison Williams among its fans, while Kristen Stewart, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde and Dave Franco don Current/Elliott and Kate Moss, Eva Longoria, Miranda Kerr and Chloë Moretz wear styles by Equipment.
This morning, ribbons were cut in front of Gearys Rolex Boutique, which moved to a new location in the shopping complex. And on Friday, Aug. 25, Abercrombie & Fitch debuted a concept shop that includes fitting rooms decked out with phone charging docks and customized music and lighting controls.
Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City
Today marks the launch of the Kim Gordon & Other Stories collection, another collab from the brand under the umbrella of Swedish fashion company H&M. & Other Stories has previously teamed up with L.A. fashion labels Rodarte, Clare V. and Toms. For this 16-piece line ($25-$85 at select & Other Stories locations and stories.com), the L.A.-based musician and artist updated the fit and color of wardrobe essentials, such as organic cotton hoodies and T-shirts and silk scarves, from the & Other Stories archives and embellished them with painted words and abstract art of her own designs. Also in the mix are two brass necklaces that riff on the classic nameplate necklace with the word "her" and the phrase "morning mirror." Gordon's 23-year-old daughter with musician Thurston Moore, Coco Gordon Moore, is the face of the campaign.
& Other Stories at The Americana, 867 Americana Way in Glendale and stories.com
French natives Julien Ferraro and Marion Paillet, co-owners of Marseille-based lifestyle boutique Homenibus, have quietly opened a U.S. outpost, Bonjour, on the up-and-coming Main Street retail strip in Santa Monica.
The shop is a treasure trove of imported, quintessentially French finds. Think shoe care creams and brushes from Parisian brand A. Mulard that dates to 1879 ($330 for a gift set), wool berets from Laulhère, a company that has been crafting the famed caps in Oloron-Sainte-Marie since 1840 ($70), Les Bretelle de Léon suspenders ($49), Breton striped shirts from Le Slip Francais ($120), espadrilles in multiple hues from the French Riviera ($45), understated leather sneakers by Zespa Aix-en-Provence ($350), and timelessly chic cotton net shopping bags by heritage brand FILT ($60).
On the home front, look for linen kitchen towels by Charvet Éditions($30), Ladurée candles ($70), sets of macaron-shaped soap by Autour du Bain ($40), recycled cotton rugs crafted in the South of France (starting at $350) and an exclusive collection of mirrors (from $60) and straw cactus sculptures (from $160) created in Provence. The barber next door has pointed out actresses and producers frequenting the store, but the owners confess that they are still getting their celeb-spotting sea legs.
Bonjour, 1921 Main Street, Santa Monica
On Saturday, new local footwear brand Comunity will open its first retail store and headquarters in downtown L.A. with an open-to-the-public party from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring a cobbling demonstration, a live art installation by graffiti artist Meex One, hand-screened T-shirts and shoe giveaways. The community-focused company was founded in April by husband-and-wife team, Sean and Shannon Scott, in partnership with footwear designer, Ryan Gumienny; the trio has collectively worked for Asics, Toms, Nike, Vans, Sanuk, and K-Swiss.
An initial run of three styles of Italian suede athleisure shoes for men and women ($160 to $185) are handcrafted in downtown Los Angeles; ten dollars of every pair purchased is donated to a designated local organization, such as Street Poets Inc., The People Concern, and Youth Mentoring Connection.
Comunity, 584 Mateo Street in downtown Los Angeles