Your guide to shopping in L.A. for the week ahead.
New York-based eyewear brand Illesteva (donned recently by Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Beyonce) has teamed up with actress Rashida Jones on a second collaborative Rashida x Illesteva style available as eyeglasses or sunglasses ($220 each) in three colors (Ash, Powder and Clear) as well as clip-on polarized lenses that fit over the eyeglass frame ($130).
Fashion designer Michael Kors has opened two newly expanded stores in L.A., with menswear added to the mix for the first time. (Leslie Odom Jr. and Gabriel Day-Lewis have been spotted recently wearing pieces from the collection). The stores are located at Westfield in Century City (that open-to-the-public launch party is tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. where Victor Cruz will be on site talking style and sports; to RSVP click here) and Beverly Center in Beverly Grove (open as of last week). In the mix are Michael Michael Kors womens, footwear and accessories, select Michael Kors women’s accessories, and Michael Kors Mens apparel and accessories.
Westfield, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd in Century City and Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd in Beverly Grove
Pharrell Williams and wife Helen Lasichanh, Dita Von Teese, photographer Ellen Von Unwerth, and model Alessandra Ambrosio stepped out in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night to fete the first-ever pop-up shop from German luggage and accessories brand Rimowa. Dating to 1898, the company is known for its design-wise aluminum and polycarbonate bags carried by everyone from Martha Stewart and Gwyneth Paltrow to Karl Lagerfeld and Virgil Abloh. (Rimowa's permanent store on Rodeo Drive is slated to re-open next year after getting an overhaul). All profits from sales at the opening party on Dec. 12 and yesterday's opening day will be donated to the Thomas Fire Fund to help with wildfire devastation in Los Angeles.
Beyond the complete Rimowa collection, the shop offers travel-oriented art books and magazines,along with curateditems such as Susanne Kaufmann's travel-sized beauty products, Merz b. Schwanen T-shirts, Kaweco pens and Patrick Roger's artisanal chocolates. L.A.-based photographer KangHee Kim created a mural for the store’s interior, while London artist Charlotte Ager’s illustration appears on the facade. According to a press release, these brand partnerships are part of a new strategy for the company, which had a majority share acquired by luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton earlier this year. The Rimowa pop-up store will remain open for six months, until mid-June.
Rimowa, 201A Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
French womenswear brand Gerard Darel lands on the west coast with its second U.S. boutique opening this Sunday, Dec. 17 at Westfield Century City. (The brand set up its first U.S. shop in New York’s SoHo neighborhood last month). With interiors decorated in an elegant Parisian style with special vintage pieces, the store will feature the complete line of classic-chic apparel, footwear, bags, scarves, hats and jewelry that have been donned by Jessica Alba, Angelina Jolie, Emma Roberts,Robin Wright, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Fergie and Emmy Rossum.
Westfield, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd in Century City
This weekend, fashion designer Tory Burch is offering complimentary hand-painted designs by New York-based artist Mison Kim on select Block-T handbags with the purchase of a bag on Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Tory Burch boutique in Beverly Hills and on Sunday, Dec. 17 at the Tory Burch boutique at Westfield Century City. Art options include gingko leaves and a wide range of animals, from peacocks to elephants, dogs and porcupines.
Tory Burch boutiques; 366 N. Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Century City
Simon Miller, which counts Michelle Obama as a fan of the brand's mini Birch tote bag, is hosting a three-day sample sale in L.A. The label's women's and men's ready-to-wear, denim and accessories, including the cropped drop-shoulder "Brushed" sweatshirt and boxy-fit hooded "Mazunte" sweatshirt, will be up for grabs. The sale, which will offer pieces up to 75 percent off, kicks off Thursday, Dec. 14 until 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
719 S Los Angeles Street, 10th Floor, Los Angeles
Hanro of Switzerland (understated lingerie, men’s undies, loungewear, sleepwear, T-shirts and athleisure pieces in soft luxury fabrics) has quite the A-list fan base. Oprah loves the pajamas, Jennifer Lopez stocks the Brazilian panties, Kit Harington has worn the Cotton Superior T-shirts and Adele wore a lace-trim Moments camisole during a performance in London. On Friday, the company opens a second U.S. store and first west coast location in Beverly Hills, featuring its men's and women's lines, with a mezzanine reserved for V.I.P. clients and stylists.
Hanro Of Switzerland, 9475 S. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills
On Thursday night the made-in-L.A. womenswear brand Allen Schwartz (a new iteration of the ABS by Allen Schwartz label that launched in 1982) toasts its revamped look and the opening of a new flagship store in Santa Monica. Unlike ABS, known for its affordable riffs on red carpet dress trends, Allen Schwartz ($215-$770) has a more relaxed look: feminine blouses and camis, duster jackets, a wide array of trousers (but no jeans!), skirts from pencil to pleated, and flirty party dresses, including some standout slip styles with lace insets. The line launched e-commerce in August and declares on its site that it is "department-store free," carried only at select specialty boutiques. Pieces are made in small, limited batches to fuel demand. Vanessa Hudgens and Jamie Chung are already fans. The Allen Schwartz store also features a rotating mix of vintage tops and dresses from Schwartz's previous brands and a gift shop-in-shop offering California-made pieces such as P.F. Candle Co. & Le Feu De L’eau candles, No Tox Life soaps, and Found My Animal dog leashes and collars. In celebration of the store opening, the company is offering 25 percent off all items in store (and online with code FLAMCIS25) from Friday through Sunday.
Allen Schwartz, 1533 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica
Los Angeles-based jewelry designer Zoë Chicco will host a trunk show on Saturday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Grove. Chicco will be on hand to demonstrate how to layer necklaces, bracelets and rings. Her signature jewelry, handcrafted in downtown L.A., features 14-karat gold, diamonds, pearls and semi-precious stones and has been worn by Jennifer Lawrence, Karlie Kloss and Emma Roberts.
The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Fairfax
The multi-brand men's streetwear and lifestyle boutique Commonwealth (with locations in Virginia Beach, Washington D.C. and Manila, Philippines and customers such as Drake, Diplo, Chad Hugo of N.E.R.D. and N.B.A. players Kevin Durant and Jarret Jack) opened the doors of its fourth store and headquarters in downtown L.A. last Friday. Beyond a mix of under-the-radar brands such as L.A.-based labels Second/Layer and Brain Dead, Wacko Maria and Pleasures, the L.A. store offers Commonwealth's own collection of logo and graphic-print T-shirts, caps and hoodies plus special collab sneakers and apparel, including some exclusive to Los Angeles.
Commonwealth, 2008 E. 7th Street, Los Angeles