Shopping: Bugaboo teams with Missoni for exclusive stroller accessories
It seemed only a matter of time before Bugaboo, the brand that churns out the ne plus ultra of luxury baby strollers, offered designer fashion accessories for its pint-sized clients — and their label-toting mommies.
The Dutch company has collaborated with Italian fashion house Missoni on two exclusive designs made to jazz up Bugaboo’s swanky strollers: the $600 Bugaboo Bee and the $880 Cameleon. Available in July exclusively at Neiman Marcus, both accessories sets include a miniature knit blanket in Missoni’s trademark zigzag design. Additionally, the Cameleon set, priced at $269, features a sun canopy and bassinet apron in a Technicolor block print. The Bee’s set — which will set you back $199 — boasts a sun canopy in a rainbow-hued zigzag print.
Bugaboo initially approached Missoni, which is famous for its sumptuous, vibrantly colored knits, “because we have always admired their beloved prints,” said Kari Boiler, president of Bugaboo Americas, adding that the two companies share, “an innovative and contemporary aesthetic towards design.”
Angela Missoni, co-owner of Missoni, added, “It was a great joy to work on this project. Children are so sensitive to colors and patterns — working with Bugaboo has given me a unique opportunity to create a dream stroller that I hope will be enjoyed by children and will stimulate their senses.”
Whether you’re of the mind that $200 is a reasonable price to pay to perk up baby’s senses is neither here nor there. Expect zigzag canopies to be peppering L.A.’s toniest playgrounds all summer long.
Other shopping news this week:
Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry trunk show Thursday through Sunday: Shop jewelry designer Pamela Froman’s whimsical, colorful designs at this intimate Mother’s Day trunk show.
Broken English at the Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St. #17, Santa Monica. (310) 458-2724. www.pamelafroman.com
Stephen Webster Duffy art exhibition through May 31: In honor of BritWeek, jewelry designer Stephen Webster showcases works from fellow Brit Duffy in his new store’s gallery space.
202 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 246-9500. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. www.stephenwebster.com
Nordstrom South Coast Plaza, 333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. Noon to 2 p.m. (714) 549-8300. www.nydj.com
Alternative: Directional T-shirt company Alternative has opened a sweet little store in Venice, housed inside an A-frame residence on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Prices range from $38 to $150 for menswear, womenswear, accessories and like-minded brands including Gurkees sandals, Good Society denim, Katin board shorts and Sword & Fern jewelry.
1337 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 482-3316. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. www.alternativeapparel.com
Galvin Benjamin Salon: James Galvin, former director of the Daniel Galvin Salon in London, has joined forces with British editorial stylist Benjamin Mohapi to open a new full-service hair salon in West Hollywood that feels part English gentlemen’s club, part downtown loft. Think custom Edwardian writing tables repurposed as stylist workstations.
8910 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (424) 249-3296. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. www.galvinbenjamin.com
Elyse Walker expansion: Pacific Palisades-based designer fashion boutique Elyse Walker has doubled the size of its shoe shop to 2,600 square feet, stocking even more high-end kicks from brands including Christian Louboutin, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Prada, YSL, Brian Atwood, Givenchy, Camilla Skoovgaard and Sergio Rossi. The expansion also made room for more handbags from brands such as Balenciaga, Lanvin, Valentino, Alexander Wang, Nancy Gonzalez and Proenza Schouler.
15306 Antioch St., Pacific Palisades. (310) 230-8882. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. www.elysewalker.com
Letters from LA: Eagle Rock is home to a new fashion-forward boutique, Letters from LA, that stocks local contemporary brands including Saffie, Monrow and Splendid, along with more far-flung labels such as Amsterdam’s Ellen Truijen and Australia’s Strummer. Prices range from $22 for basic T-shirts to $350 for leather handbags.
5022 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 340-1546. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. www.shoplettersfromla.blogspot.com
Dawn Baker: Retailer Dawn Baker, who owns Pacific Palisades boutique Happy LA, has opened an eponymous new store in Manhattan Beach to carry denim and contemporary lines — and has also launched her own line of grown-up basics, which includes cashmere sweaters, tees, tunics and smock dresses.
1016 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 374-0405. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to Sunday. www.dawn-baker.com
Anna Elyse Bridesmaids: Mix-and-match bridal brand Anna Elyse Bridesmaids has opened a boutique in Old Town Pasadena where most of the dressmaking process is performed on-site. Brides-to-be are encouraged to tour the production area, access hundreds of sample dresses and colors and work closely with the designer.
87 E. Green St., Suite 304, Pasadena. (626) 396-1900. Appointments are required between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. www.annaelyse.com
-- Emili Vesilind
Photo: Top, the new Bugaboo/Missoni accessories kits, shown on the Bee, left, and the Cameleon, right. From Bugaboo. Bottom, South Coast Plaza. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times