Even if you’re supposed to be browsing for others, it doesn’t hurt to treat yourself too
Words by ANUSH J. BENLIYAN, MARIE LOOK and ELIZABETH VARNELL
CHRIS O’DOWD at the CHOOSE LOVE pop-up in West Hollywood. Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Choose Love.
From the Heart
Choose Love has brought its unique concept to life in the form of a temporary boutique in West Hollywood. Shop a range of physical items, such as emergency blankets, hot food and children’s shoes, as well as contributions to services like legal support — all benefiting refugee response at the United States-Mexico border and around the world. Through Dec. 24. 611 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood.
POLLY WALES Coeur De Fantaisie chain with sapphires and Coeur De Fantaisie padlock with rainbow sapphires, $24,200.
Jewelry designer Polly Wales has opened a holiday pop-up in Atwater Village with all the charm and whimsy that imbues her one-of-a-kind designs. Having perfected her “cast not set” technique, Wales — who relocated to Los Angeles in 2016 from her native London — is renowned in particular for her Spinning Disc pendants and Confetti rings featuring brightly hued and differently sized gemstones that seem to be “peeking” out of their gold settings. The results are always raw-looking and uniquely beautiful creations. Visit the cozy shop — complete with an eye-catching floral wall piece arranged by Wales herself — to shop a curated selection of stunners by this British-born talent. Through Dec. 24. 3183 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles.
PLEASE DO NOT ENTER’s pop-up at South Coast Plaza.
Part luxury goods retailer, part gallery space, Please Do Not Enter expands beyond its two Los Angeles locations with the debut of its pop-up inside South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Stocking edgy prints, books, accessories and the like, the project is curated by art collector founders Emmanuel Renoird and Nicolas Libert. In addition to statement-making decor, prepare for a cabinet of curiosities, a jewelry and accessories showroom, and no doubt many surprises. Through Jan. 12, 2020. South Coast Plaza, level 2, Jewel Court, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.
The NSF CLOTHING space in Hollywood. Photo by Eunji Paula Kim.
A Perfect 10
Coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of its women’s collection, NSF Clothing has opened a temporary store within a 3,000-square-foot warehouse in Hollywood. With imperfect plaster walls high ceilings and sparse furnishings, the space perfectly reflects the brand’s contemporary and raw yet streamlined aesthetic, already beloved by the likes of Chrissy Teigen, Jennifer Lopez and Hailey Baldwin. To further fete their milestone, founder Nick Friedberg and creative director Jame Haller have chosen to reissue certain archival pieces, including selections from the no-longer-produced men’s collection, such as the distressed buffalo check shirt, indigo patched denim, signature jumpsuits and jackets, and others. “The archive pieces are not just pieces left over from our inventory, they are the actual designer reference samples — the original creations that inspired signature moments in our collections,” Haller says. Get them while you can. Through Jan. 31, 2020. 937 N. Sycamore Ave., L.A.
A look from the BEAMS MATURELY Fall/Winter 2019-2020 collection.
Beaming With Pride
Fred Segal was among the first to introduce Japanese fashion and lifestyle brand Beams to American shoppers all the way back in 2011, so it makes sense that the label has selected the Fred Segal flagship for a very special homecoming pop-up. Through January, the Sunset Boulevard location and Fred Segal website will make available select products from Beams’ Tokyo flagship as well as its labels Beams+ (reinterpretations of classic American menswear), Beams Boy (menswear-inspired women’s looks), Maturely (women’s contemporary clothing), and Beams Couture, which is comprised of pieces crafted from upcycled vintage or dead-stock fabrics and materials. Take advantage while you can of this temporary boutique, as the brand has just a handful of U.S. stockists year-round. Through Jan. 31, 2020. Fred Segal Sunset, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.
LOEWE x WILLIAM DE MORGAN Elephant Floral bag in Peacock blue, $1,650.
Spanish luxury fashion brand Loewe looked to the work of the late ceramicist and innovator William De Morgan, famous for his arts and crafts tile designs, for a special collection of ready-to-wear, accessories and charms for both men and women. Inspired by fantastic creatures, bright hues and swirling florals, the capsule is a whimsical homage to the British potter’s brilliant imagination and methods.
THE SIL x ARIANA ROCKEFELLER Lily dress in black metallic, $350.
There isn’t a single special project Natalie Bloomingdale’s digital boutique, The Sil, has debuted that we haven’t wanted to get our hands on, and that continues to be the case with the e-commerce site’s two most recent collaborations. Fashion designer and equestrian Ariana Rockefeller’s capsule ($350-$400) consists of three party-perfect frocks in black metallic, and pink and navy brocade, respectively, plus a shimmery, collarless jacket. And The Sil x The Future Perfect holiday collection marks the first time the bicoastal design gallery has lent its keen eye to a fashion capsule. To pull off the feat, eight Sil designers from across the country each contributed a style using as inspiration The Future Perfect founder David Alhadeff’s creative brief: “The future perfect.” Standouts include Tish Cox’s voluminous pink and black Staci overdress ($1,650), La Vie Style House’s polka-dotted short kimono ($850), and a pair of handblown glass and freshwater pearl earrings ($320) by Devon Pavlovits.
A range of ATHLETIC PROPULSION LABS footwear, $125-$250.
The first-ever brick-and-mortar store from Los Angeles’ high-performance footwear brand Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) — founded 10 years ago by twin brothers Adam and Ryan Goldston — is now open at The Grove. The streamlined and minimalist space, designed by Belgian architect Bernard Dubois and architect of record Peter Hamilton of L.A’s Studio HT, features soaring 31-foot-tall ceilings, Barrisol-lit displays and a muted, neutral color palette that echoes the label’s sleek yet subtle footwear designs. Offering its full range of men’s, women’s and now children’s luxury performance sneakers, APL will drop at least one limited-edition style at the store quarterly. 189 The Grove Dr., Ste. J-25, L.A., 323-900-8080.
The new SUPREME store in San Francisco features a skate bowl and sculptures by artist MARK GONZALES.
New York City-based videographer William Strobeck staked out Embarcadero Plaza and San Francisco’s vertical streets with an eclectic mix of brash skate tribes to gather footage teasing the Market Street arrival of cultish streetwear label Supreme. The worldwide brand, which James Jebbia first launched as a skate shop 25 years ago in New York, is known for its lack of promotion and IG Easter eggs (such as Strobeck’s films) that drive fevered quests for box-logo shirts, nylon bags, field jackets, limited releases and soon-to-be-sold-out collabs. Expect to find the latest at Supreme’s new West Coast location, managed by skate legend Reese Forbes. Spread out over nearly 5,000 square feet, the S.F. outpost will also host the brand’s legendary Thursday product drops, which in the past have included everything from hysteria-inducing burner phones to Nikes inspired by hip-hop or ’70s-era Dogtown design. 1015 Market St., S.F., 415-991-2929.
The reincarnation of GUMP’S features a special selection of one-of-a-kind fine jewelry.
Gump’s, the storied emporium of delicate Mastoloni pearls, bespoke jade pieces and heritage decor from Lalique and Christofle — originally established in 1861 by two brothers as a mirror-and-frame shop — is back on San Francisco’s Post Street. Revived by investment banker John Chachas and his family after a year of closure, the new space includes Robert Kuo’s playful, large-scale lacquered penguins (in addition to his tables and drum stools) plus a revived Christmas Shoppe complete with blown-glass ornaments and letterpress cards. Additionally, tabletop, fine china, crystal and silver wares fit for holiday fetes now appear on the company’s new digital platform. In describing the boutique’s restored array of future heirlooms, Chachas’ daughter Anne, an executive vice president at Gump’s, says, “We’re trying to curate beautiful items from faraway corners of the world that last for generations.” 250 Post St., S.F., 415-338-9821.
OUTERKNOWN stocks everyday staples with a California surfer vibe.
Mission-driven brand Outerknown, co-founded by professional surfer Kelly Slater, has opened a flagship at The Point near Manhattan Beach in the form of a 1,600-square-foot space with decor and fixtures made from natural, organic or recycled materials. Inside you’ll find a stellar selection of the brand’s bestsellers, such as the S.E.A. Jeans, Blanket shirts and women’s jumpsuits. “When I started Outerknown four years ago, I wanted people to think about what they were putting on their bodies and how that product was made,” Slater says. “We’ve grown so much in that time, and opening a store is the next step in furthering our mission. I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been able to create.” The Point, 850 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., El Segundo.
Feature image: Styles at NSF CLOTHING. Photo by Eunji Paula Kim.
Dec. 19, 2019
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