Activewear Retailer Bandier's First West Coast Boutique Offers CBD Lattes and Workouts

Bandier Opens First L.A. Flagship in West Hollywood-Publicity-H 2019
Kathryn Page

Molly Sims, Jennifer Aniston, Hailey Bieber, Liv Tyler and Kim Kardashian are among fans of the online-born, fashion-forward fitness wear retailer, which has opened its first L.A. store and flagship.

At Bandier’s first West Coast store and flagship, Angelenos can squeeze in a workout and order a CBD-infused latte while shopping for fitness gear — all under one roof. The luxury activewear retailer debuts its three-story wellness mecca today on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.

The 8,800-square-foot space — Bandier's largest shop to date — houses Costa Mesa-born café Coffee Dose’s first L.A. location on the ground floor, serving up its signature Rx lattes (including coffee infused with MCT oil and grass-fed butter, matcha drinks spiked with CBD, and espresso mixed with Vital Proteins collagen), smoothies, and grab-and-go vegan bites. Steps away are casual tees, sweat pants and other essentials for "comfortable living," co-founder Jennifer Bandier tells The Hollywood Reporter.

The brand fêted its L.A. arrival on Thursday evening with a grand opening party co-hosted by Molly Sims. Jennifer Aniston, Hailey Bieber (who fronted the campaign for Prabal Gurung's first activewear line with Bandier), Liv Tyler and Kim Kardashian are also among the fans of the online-born, fashion-forward fitness wear retailer, which stocks activewear and athleisure apparel from labels like Adam Selman Sport, Adidas x Stella McCartney, Alo, Beyond Yoga, Koral, Splits 59 and Varley, among others. Expect the same stylish curation at Bandier’s West Hollywood outpost, alongside the brand’s collaboration with  fashion brand Veronica Beard, as well as an exclusive L.A. capsule collection.

"I always looked at Los Angeles as the mecca of all things wellness. It pioneers all health and wellness trends, so it seemed like a natural progression to open in L.A., [which] has always felt like a second home to me. I've been traveling out here since I was 5 years old with my family," says Bandier, a music industry veteran (previously the manager of R&B trio TLC, among other acts) who founded her namesake luxury activewear boutique in 2014 with husband Neil Boyarsky. The retailer has six other locations, including five in New York and one in Texas. 

Up on the second floor is "this incredible zen oasis, which is an outdoor area that's like a little garden and you can have coffee or just talk to your friends," Bandier says. The al fresco space was designed by L.A.-based Hand & Rose, which created a Californian landscape of herbs, cacti and other flora designed to attract butterflies. (Bandier also stocks arrangements from the floral company, a nod to the store’s predecessor, Hollywood-beloved florist Moe’s Flowers.) Those in need of another reminder to relax need only to step onto the Calacatta terrazzo floors, which feature inlaid brass emblazoned with words such as "calm."

Also on the second level are workout accessories (from neoprene bags by Dagne Dover and fitness books to the muscle therapy device Theragun) and a well-stocked footwear department featuring sneakers from Adidas, Golden Goose, New Balance, Nike, Puma and Vans. There is also a pop-in space slated to host a regular rotation of like-minded brands, starting with modern cannabis company Dosist. The third floor will host exclusive events and pop-ups.

Similar to Bandier’s East Coast stores, the boutique is also home to Studio B, which will eventually serve L.A.’s fitness community with about 35 workout classes per week. The schedule will include offerings from L.A.-based trainers like "Aubrey Winters, Shannon [Nadj] from Hot Pilates and some of our New York instructors, like Amanda Kloots (who teaches dance) and Megan Roup," Bandier says.

It took 10 trips to L.A. to find the Melrose location: "The second I saw it, I thought, 'This is [it].' I really wanted to be in West Hollywood and I dreamed of having something that could encompass all aspects of Bandier in under one roof," she says. "It’s a different iteration of Bandier; it represents 'West Hollywood Bandier' and it’s really beautiful."

Other highlights? The store’s 20 "essential" on-site parking spots and the fact that "we're across from the iconic landmark of Fred Segal. I used to go there straight from the airport because they always had a great curation," Bandier recalls of the legendary retailer (which relocated to the Sunset Strip in 2017). "And Crescent Heights [Boulevard] goes right into the valley."

Bandier, 8101 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (213) 433-3203