Phillip Lim Just Gave Us Another Reason to Shop DTLA's Arts District
The designer was in town to celebrate the opening of his newest 3.1 Phillip Lim store with stylist Tara Swennen, blogger Garance Dore and more.
Designer Phillip Lim has given shoppers yet another fashion reason to hit the downtown Los Angeles Arts District.
The New York designer of 3.1 Phillip Lim, who grew up just south of L.A. in Westminster, celebrated the opening of his newest store with a dinner party catered by Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo on Wednesday night with a diverse range of guests including stylist Tara Swennen (Kristen Stewart), UTA managing director Jay Sures, style blogger Garance Dore, Yahoo Style director Joe Zee and Beboe cannabis brand co-founder Clement Kwan, many of whom were dressed in Lim’s elegantly minimal, masculine-meets-feminine designs.
“When I moved to L.A., I wanted a Spanish-style house, and this is the first step, these adobe walls,” Lim said of the store's open floor plan defined by two freestanding white adobe walls.
The new store carries the full range of women’s and men’s products by Lim, including the popular Alix handbags with paperclip-like closures, studded Patsy mules (as worn by Dore at the party), corset-waist dresses with T-shirt bodices and pearly button bomber jackets, as well as men’s T-shirts and trousers. It’s also decorated with paintings, furniture, objets and books supplied by partners Patrick Parrish Gallery, Li Inc., Apparatus, M. Crow and Mast Books.
“Some things are for sale, and some are not,” said Lim. “It’s just nice to create a community.”
Lim co-founded and worked at the L.A.-based fashion label Development from 2000 to 2004. In the fall of 2005, he co-founded 3.1 Phillip Lim with friend and business partner Wen Zhou (now the company’s CEO), who co-hosted the dinner with him. Together, the two have grown the business into a $40 million-plus brand, with 16 freestanding stores and 450 points of sale around the world.
And Los Angeles will always hold a special place for the designer, whose mother Hannah still lives here — which is why he’s staying on for a couple more days. “After this is godson and mom time,” he says, sharing that the one place he has to visit every time he's home is Sammy’s for Thai food.
“It’s right across from [the strip club] Jumbo’s Clown Room,” he says, with a laugh. A more recent L.A. discovery? “The 14th Factory” exhibition, not far from the new DTLA store on Avenue 19.
“I spent two hours there,” Lim says, pulling out his iPhone to show photos of an installation involving airplane tails. “You know what it is? It’s artists who don’t care about fame.”
3.1 Phillip Lim, 734 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (213) 246-2588.