Michael Kors Shares His California Musts

The inimitable American fashion designer divulges his favorites, from shopping to road trips and swanky, old-school eateries


Favorite park?
The Presidio — the trees, the view, and it’s all so close to downtown San Francisco. Amazing!

Favorite beach?
Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur because of the cliffs, the ocean and the rock formations.


Favorite restaurant?
Musso & Frank Grill for the history, the prime rib and the amazing waiters.

Favorite bar?
Melvyn’s is a Palm Springs legend and the people-watching is amazing! It’s a slice of Hollywood history.

Favorite drink?
Ketel One on the rocks, no fruit.

Favorite market?
The Original Farmers Market at The Grove — the one and only from 1934. You’d think Barbara Stanwyck might be there buying groceries.


Favorite museum?
Sunnylands [near] Palm Springs is like heaven on earth.

Where do you go to let loose?
Tramp Stamp Granny’s [in Hollywood].

What do you wear by day?
I have a uniform that works almost everywhere in the world: dark Michael Kors jeans, a black Michael Kors T-shirt or black crewneck cashmere sweater, and black or gray sneakers.


What do you wear in the evening?
I’ll add a bespoke black jacket from Kilgore London and black crocodile Tod’s driving loafers to my uniform.


Favorite boutique?
March in San Francisco. It makes even a noncook want to redo their kitchen from top to bottom.

Which sunglasses do you wear?
Michael Kors aviators or vintage Ray-Ban aviators.

Favorite drive?
Highway 1 driving over Bixby Creek Bridge in Big Sur. There’s a reason it’s so famous.


What car do you drive?
Mercedes-Benz E-Class convertible.


Favorite must-have from your fall collection?
Our new Michael Kors Collection Monogramme bag works with everything from jeans to a dress and it will only get better with time.

What is California’s biggest contribution to style?
The seasonless laid-back luxury.


Feature image: BIXBY CREEK BRIDGE in Big Sur. Photo by Sam Goodgame/Unsplash.


This story originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of C Magazine.

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