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C California Style

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by C California Style

A crop of new social and co-working clubs is reshaping the way Californians connect

A new generation of members-only clubs is shifting how we mix and mingle in curated, yet increasingly community-minded, settings.

Having opened a stunning first property in Tulum, Mexico—with locations in the Bahamas, Namibia and Malibu slated to follow—Habitas (ourhabitas.com) is now branching out from its origins as a hospitality company. This spring, co-founders Eduardo Castillo, Kfir Levy and Oliver Ripley opened a Venice clubhouse geared toward gatherings and activities—in addition to a New York outpost—to coincide with its new $2,200-per-year membership program.

After opening locations in Manhattan and Washington, D.C., The Wing (the-wing.com), a members-only women’s club and co-working space, has set its sights on six new cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco in 2018. Membership (from $2,350 annually) gets you access to the posh clubhouse, workspaces and services ranging from lactation rooms to blowouts. Says co-founder and CEO Audrey Gelman, “This is just the start of what we expect to be a very exciting journey.”

As of May, The Jane Club (thejaneclubla.com) maintains an emphasis on supporting working mothers in creative industries, with monthly memberships starting at $750. Its Hancock Park home base includes a child-focused facility called The Nest. “Our mission is to create, learn, relax, rage and thrive together,” says actor and writer June Diane Raphael, who co-founded the club with producer Jess Zaino.

Late summer also sees the debut of hotelier Jeff Klein’s long-awaited San Vicente Bungalows (sanvicentebungalows.com) in West Hollywood, where by-invitation-only membership includes perks such as access to bungalows for private stays, a screening room and a curated calendar of events.

Written by JESSICA RITZ and KELSEY McKINNON.

 

This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of C Magazine.