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Kate and Laura Mulleavy. PHOTO: Autumn de Wilde.

5 Pasadena Spots the Rodarte Sisters Love

by C California Style

For Kate and Laura Mulleavy, there’s no place like home

This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of C Magazine.

“We remember sitting at the Norton Simon Garden Cafe and sketching our first collection,” reflects Rodarte’s Laura Mulleavy (rodarte.net) of the Pasadena museum where she and her sister, Kate, dreamed up the label’s conceptual 2005 range. “We would wander in and see the Van Gogh and Degas paintings and then return outside to the water lily ponds.” This season, the designers—who grew up in Northern California before moving to Pasadena in their late teens—looked to similar earthly delights, borrowing inspiration from bees pollinating sunflowers in their home garden. Here, their top haunts: • Vroman’s Bookstore The oldest bookstore in Pasadena—we love to wander through and look at their titles. Our grandmother had a copy of Sophia Loren’s beauty book signed by her there. We still have it! vromansbookstore.com. • The Huntington Library We can spend hours here. huntington.org. • Flea Markets The Pasadena City College flea market or the Rose Bowl—once a month. And the Pasadena Antique Mall is always fun. • The Derby Our family has been going since the ’50s. It is one of the old Hollywood restaurants left in L.A. thederbyarcadia.com.

PHOTO: Autumn de Wilde.