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Store events: Spend July 18 with Phillip Lim [Updated]

July 9, 2009 | 12:32 pm

Phillip-limPhillip Lim returns to Los Angeles on July 18 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of his West Coast 3.1 flagship and invites shoppers and fans to spend the afternoon with him. [Updated 3 p.m.: An earlier version of this article and its headline incorrectly said that the event would be this Saturday.]

Lim will showcase his fall 3.1 Phillip Lim collection for women, men and kids, as well as accessories. Of note: his new breakaway coats for women. “You can wear them buttoned up by day and then at night you can unbutton the bottom section for an edgier feel,” he advises. “Two-in-one look, perfect for this economy.”

Browsers can also preview and pre-order from the holiday and resort collections. The first 100 buyers will receive a tote bag Lim designed for the event, packed with goodies from Nars Cosmetics and Frederic Fekkai. The new 3.1 shoe collection, exclusive to the West Hollywood store on the West Coast, features jazz flats and studded ankle boots ($410 to $750).

A portion of the proceeds from purchases goes to the Art of Elysium, an organization that encourages working actors, artists and musicians to share their talents with children battling serious medical conditions.

Lim has strong ties to Southern California. He grew up in Orange County and started out at two L.A.-based collections, Katayone Adeli (which later relocated to New York) and Development. He hasn’t forgotten his old haunts — while he’s in town, he says he expects to drop by an old favorite, Sanamluang Café in Hollywood’s Thai Town. “It’s a hole in the wall noodle shop that offers the best noodles all day and into the wee hours of the morning,” he says.

631 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 289-0888. Noon to 3 p.m. www.31philliplim.com

-- Max Padilla

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