Style File: Where to Shop and What to Buy in October

From one-of-a-kind vintage finds to party-perfect statement earrings, here’s what we’re eyeing this month



What’s Old is New Again
Brynn Saban has resurrected Aralda Vintage, her Hollywood shop of retro finds, where you can score ’70s Chloé, ’90s Chanel classics and more. Formerly a model, Saban saved up the funds from a few big assignments and leveraged her thrifting skills to make her dream of owning a vintage boutique a reality. 2691 N. Beachwood Dr., L.A., 323-450-9500.


Treasure Hunt
Jewelry designer Mignonne Gavigan Smith’s fanciful yet sophisticated beaded and crystal creations are wearable works of art — think brooches in the form of speckled moths and earrings shaped like tiny Champagne bottles or exotically hued birds. No doubt Los Angeles-based fans of the digitally native brand are rejoicing over news that she’s launched a Pop Shop at The Grove, making it possible to get your hands on these luxe, handmade treasures in person. Open through November, the Mignonne Gavigan pop-up features pieces from the new fall collection as well as a curated selection of classics. Even better, three signature styles — the Madeline earrings, Mini Madeline earrings and Lightning Bolt earrings — are available in an exclusive Canyon hue, and the Mini Fiona hoop earrings are shoppable in an exclusive rose gold and silver colorway. Through Nov. 30. The Grove (under the theater awning), 189 The Grove Dr., L.A.


Local Hero
L.A.-based womenswear designer Shaina Mote’s debut store — in Highland Park — reflects her subtle, streamlined style. All her pieces are designed, developed and made locally — and crafted with source, sustainability and longevity firmly in mind. 5003 N. Figueroa St., L.A.


We “Like” It
New San Francisco hot spot Re:Store is stocked with Insta-famous goods from direct-to-consumer brands — shop shoes, beauty, fashion, menswear, accessories, home accents and a whole lot more. 120 Maiden Ln., S.F.


Danish Duo
The husband-and-wife team behind Copenhagen’s Ganni label are debuting their cool-girl ready-to-wear stateside this fall with two highly anticipated flagship store openings — in West Hollywood and New York City. 9004 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood.


In General
Craving a laid-back lifestyle, sisters Jenny Ostrow and Melissa Wallace left their Beverly Hills roots behind and headed for the hills — Hidden Hills. The Calabasas-adjacent, rural equestrian community is the sisters’ perfect antidote for city life. Ostrow, a former fashion editor and stylist, and Wallace, an interior designer, recently opened the Hidden Hills General Store, a modern take on the traditional mercantile, in a barn on Wallace’s property. “The barn, which houses hens, mini horses, a goat, a pig and two dogs, remains accessible during store hours,” Ostrow says. On the other side of the midcentury structure, you’ll find the store’s line of basics (T-shirts, totes, etc.), as well as a curated collection of vintage designer clothing, Nick Fouquet hats, jewelry, books and goods by emerging brands. Wellness events are also on the horizon. By appointment only. 310-560-5757.


On the Scene
Oakland’s beloved McMullen boutique has debuted a sophomore outpost, bringing Sherri McMullen’s expert eye to Palo Alto. Appointed with velvet curtains and ocher accents, the new store stocks the flagship’s repertoire of labels, such as Jacquemus and Kamperett, plus fresh additions and collaborations. Also in the pipeline: power luncheons, panels, local art shows and more. “I am thinking about the woman who lives in the area — her lifestyle, what she wears, things she’s involved in,” McMullen says. “We are excited to get to know her.” 855 El Camino Real, Ste. 36, Palo Alto.


Positively Posh
Men’s lifestyle destination The Optimist has thrown open its doors at Platform LA, stocking styles and goods exclusive to the city and the U.S., by such international brands as American Vintage Homme, Arje, COF Studios, Eleventy, Mr. Fox and others. Brought to life by retail development group Runyon in collaboration with men’s stylist Julie Feingold, and with interiors designed by Jeremiah Brent, the space boasts a stand-alone watch shop (think vintage timepieces by Rolex, Omega, Longines and IWC), a slew of available guest services — including personal styling and in-home consultations — and a robust calendar of events and other programming. Platform LA, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310-601-0221.


Eternally Chic
San Francisco-based ceramics and tabletop settings brand Year & Day has debuted a pop-up, open through Nov. 5, at Emily Current and Meritt Elliott’s Melrose Avenue store The Great. Working with interior design firm Studio Life.Style, the collaborators brought to life a “California muse” theme for the shop-within-a-shop, where guests can discover items from Year & Day’s core collection as well as its newly launched line of sustainable, ethically crafted Infinite candles. 8575 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 424-302-0058.


Fashion IRL
Angeleno Sutton Stracke has opened her concept store, aptly named Sutton, in West Hollywood. Friends like Lisa Rinna, Garcelle Beauvais, Jennifer Tilly and Alexandra Grant turned out to toast to the fashion-savvy, newly appointed member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast and get a first glimpse of the designer styles and accessories, art, gifts and decor. 636 N. Almont Dr., West Hollywood.


A Rare Gem
Style expert Elyse Walker is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her Pacific Palisades store, which has long been relied upon by local who’s-who for its one-on-one styling and selection of impeccably curated looks by such coveted brands as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Dior, Fendi, The Row and others. To help fete the occasion, luxury jewelry maker Spinelli Kilcollin has launched its first-ever live customization workshop (in place through the end of the month) within the 7,000-square-foot store, where shoppers can design their very own linked ring to be assembled, soldered and polished by a Spinelli Kilcollin team member on-site. 15306 Antioch St., Pacific Palisades, 310-230-8882.


Feature image: ARALDA vintage boutique. Photo by Logan Rauhut.


Oct. 18, 2019

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