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Shopping: H&M launches eco-friendly Glamour collection [Updated]

H&M Glamour

H&M is launching an exclusive Glamour collection Thursday. The red carpet looks are all made of sustainable materials, including organic cotton, hemp and recycled polyester. To celebrate, select stores around the world -- including  South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Powell Street in San Francisco and North Michigan Avenue in Chicago -- have invited H&M Facebook fans to private in-store parties Thursday evening. Some styles from the collection have already been worn on real red carpets by actresses including Viola Davis, Michelle Williams, Amanda Seyfried and Kristin Davis.


L.A.-based handbag and accessories label Cleobella has opened a flagship store, shown here, in Orange County's Sunset Beach. Cleobella is the brainchild of Angela O'Brien and her husband, Jim, who launched the business after spending a year traveling around the globe. Inspired by time the couple spent on Bali, the Cleobella collection uses washed leathers, vintage ikat fabric, recycled antique hardware, and hand beaded and woven styles. Cleobella, 16792 14th St., Sunset Beach, open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. [Updated 2:30 p.m. April 11 to note new store hours.]

Sephora is partnering with Pantone, the global color authority, on a pop-up shop at the Grove in Los Angeles designed to teach customers how to incorporate Pantone's color of the year, Tangerine Tango, into their beauty looks. The Sephora + Pantone Universe pop-up will be in Central Park at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. Noon to 9 p.m. April 18-22.  

Oliver Peoples Malibu is hosting a talk and book signing by surf photographer Jeff Divine from 6 to 8 p.m. April 21. Space is limited, so attendees must call (310) 456-1333 to reserve a spot. Oliver Peoples, 3900 Cross Creek Road, No. 8, Malibu.

For a limited time, Blushington is offering On the Go makeup applications that take only 20 minutes. The $20 service includes tinted moisturizer, powder, blush, light concealer, lip color, brow fill-in and mascara. It is available weekdays only. Blushington, 8591 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.  (310) 652-5874.

Equinox is opening its 13th fitness club in Southern California on April 16 in Marina del Rey. The club offers a full range of classes, cardio and strength training; the Spa@ Equinox, with facials, massages and such; a kids club; boutique and cafe. Equinox, 13455 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. (310) 306-1000. Open 5:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  


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--Susan Denley

Photos from top: Some looks from H&M's Glamour collection. Credit: Courtesy of H&M. Handbags and accessories on display at Cleobella. Credit: Courtesy of Cleobella.

Malin + Goetz opens on Larchmont Boulevard

Malin + Goetz, the New York-based skin- and hair-care line with a cult following of men and women who covet the simple, straightforward nature of the formulas and packaging, has opened its first Los Angeles store, on Larchmont BoulevardMalin + Goetz, the New York-based skin- and hair-care line with a cult following of men and women who covet the simple, straightforward nature of the formulas and packaging, has opened its first Los Angeles store, on Larchmont Boulevard.

Owners and creators Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz started the line in 2004 and have since opened up two apothecary-style shops in New York, the first in Chelsea, the second on the Upper West Side.

L.A. has long been a dream destination for the two, who said they sought out a spot on Larchmont for the walkability factor and unique architecture and design of the surrounding shops. "As New Yorkers, we don't get the driving thing," said Malin, who with Goetz is spending the month here for the store launch. "Plus, we like that all the stores on Larchmont are independent."

The two are renting a Laurel Canyon abode to "really experience L.A.," Goetz said.

The 750-square-foot store houses the complete Malin + Goetz line, complete with its popular skin-care products, such as grapefruit face cleanser and detox face mask.

Like the Malin + Goetz packaging, the store's interior is minimal and streamlined, but a couple of things add to a cozy, neighborhood feel. First is a long antique wood table running down the center of the entire store; the other is Junior, a 15-year-old French bulldog that sits in the window the same way he has at the New York stores since the company started.

"L.A. was always first after New York," said Goetz about the West Coast outpost. "There's so many people who shuttle back and forth from New York to L.A," he said of customers who may have discovered the line on the East Coast and now have a local source.

But whether people learned about the Malin + Goetz line here or there, they seem compelled to stop by and shop. In just the hour spent with the owners in the store on a recent Thursday afternoon, several chic customers popped in to buy their go-to items.

Malin + Goetz, 238 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles


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-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: The interior of the new Malin + Goetz store on Larchmont Boulevard. Credit: Malin + Goetz

Chic beauty boutique Woodley & Bunny heads west

New Woodley & Bunny boutique on L.A.'s 3rd Street

Beauty junkies rejoice. Woodley & Bunny, the Brooklyn-based boutique full of hard-to-find cosmetics, skin and hair care from all corners of the globe has come west and landed on a busy stretch of 3rd Street near trendy eateries and clothing stores.

Co-founder Misha Anderson recently moved back to Los Angeles and opened this 600-square-foot West Coast flagship location after years of living in New York. The original Woodley & Bunny boutique and salon opened six years ago and still stands in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood, but as Anderson explains, it was always her goal to open an L.A. outpost and offer what she says is a sense of discovery for shoppers.

Discovery is certainly what even the most sophisticated beauty experts will experience here. There are almost 100 brands (most of which are labeled "natural" and all of which are interesting and at the very least would look cool on a bathroom sink), which Anderson sources through her extensive travels around the world. SachaJuan hair care from Sweden, Astier de Villatte candles from France, pure Emu oil from Canada and Stop the Water While Using Me! cosmetics from Germany, are some of the various lines Anderson stocks.

Woodley & Bunny also offers mini facials, brow shaping and makeup application using the brands carried in the store.

Woodley & Bunny is open now and located at 8318 1/2 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, 90048 (323) 951-9906

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Photo: Interior of the new Woodley & Bunny store on 3rd Street in Los Angeles. Credit: Woodley & Bunny

Jeweler Frey Wille hits Rodeo Drive on Friday



Austrian jewelry brand Frey Wille (pronounced fry-ville) is opening a boutique on Rodeo Drive on Friday, adding another location forits 87 stores worldwide. The 1,000-square-foot store will showcase the company’s art-based accessories like jewelry, pens, belts and bags all with a colorful, enamel inlaid design that has come to be the Frey Wille signature.

The Rodeo Drive location (Frey Wille also has a store in Santa Monica, its first in the U.S., which opened in 2005 but has since become too small to house the growing collection) will stock the full product line including jewelry, watches, accessories, a men’s collection and scarves all with the decorative art mosaics inspired by painters like Claude Monet and Gustav Klimt.

Though the Frey Wille merchandise is known for containing a kaleidoscope of colors, patterns and shapes, the boutique's décor is decidedly more subdued. The space, designed by architect Miyako Tsutsui and Simone Grünberger-Wille, Frey Wille chief designer and wife of chief executive Friedrich Wille, is clean, natural and modern, furnished with pieces shipped from Vienna. Architectural details that echo the well-known brand’s “winged Sphinx” logo are built in throughout the store.

 --Melissa Magsaysay



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Kristen Bell, Rashida Jones among starts at Rebecca Taylor boutique

 Photo: A Frey Wille bracelet with the company's signature colored patterns. Credit: Frey Wille


Kristen Bell, Rashida Jones among stars at Rebecca Taylor boutique

Rebecca Taylor store on Robertson
Rebecca Taylor is on a roll. The designer just celebrated her 15th year in the fashion business and opened two boutiques in Southern California -- her West Coast flagship on Robertson Boulevard and an outpost at Fashion Island Mall in Newport Beach.

On Wednesday she had the official opening party for her Robertson location, complete with a bevy of bright young things who all happen to be die-hard fans of her ultra-feminine wares. Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones, Emma Roberts, Emmy Rossum, Kristen Bell and Busy Phillips all crammed into the boutique, which was packed full of a festive fashion crowd. Guests flipped through racks of pale pink blouses and ivory maxi skirts and eyed leopard-print booties sitting on shelves.

Even though the store is full of Taylor’s fall and resort collections, the color palette and weight of the fabrics feels more like spring -– which is certainly not a bad thing for Los Angeles.

Taylor herself made the trip out from New York to open both the Robertson and Fashion Island stores and was in awe of her celeb fans.

In addition to the star-studded turnout all clad in Taylor’s clothes, Kristen Dunst was recently quoted in Lucky Magazine saying that she could not stop wearing the Rebecca Taylor black Ghost keyhole dress, which has also been seen on Alexa Chung and Ivanka Trump.

With such a strong celeb following, it’s no wonder Taylor is following up with two West Coast store openings in one week.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


A Mulberry menagerie makes merry at the Marmont

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Photos, from top: The Rebecca Taylor store on Robertson Boulevard.

Rashida Jones joins the festive fashion crowd.

Credit: Alexandra Wyman/WireImage

Jenni Kayne launches lifestyle blog

L.A.-based designer Jenni Kayne is expanding beyond her collection of easy separates and classic sportswear with an aspirational new blog launched earlier this week called The site, named for her two children, Ripley, 8 months, and Tanner 3 1/2, doesn’t focus so much on fashion, but Kayne’s life including cooking, pantry clean outs and picturesque European vacations.

So far she’s documented a Thanksgiving dinner spent with friends and family and a trip to Italy. She’s got tips for entertaining and where to eat while summering in Capri, peppered with a few accessible items and ideas found at more affordable places such as Pottery Barn and

It’s a lifestyle blog a la Gwyneth Paltrow’s, but thus far reads a bit more posh than the actresses’ online tome, which Kayne cites as a definite inspiration for her own. “I am the friend that everyone calls when they need a baby gift or a home item,” says the designer. “Friends have been telling me for years to start a blog and share my finds.”

Much like her West Hollywood store’s interior or the general aesthetic of her collection, the site is understated but upscale. And this peek into her personal life certainly showcases Kayne’s high-end taste.

“I’ve always loved beautiful things,” she says. “I’ll scour the Internet looking for the most beautiful flashlight. I just love all of the little details.”

Kayne will post several times a week, sharing organic and seasonal recipes learned at the monthly cooking class she holds for friends at her Beverly Hills home, ideas for kids and profiles and advice from some of her celeb and tastemaker friends.

Along with her online foray, Kayne is adding another brick-and-mortar destination to the retail component of her business. Her new boutique is opening at the Brentwood Country Mart soon and will carry some coveted accessories from various designers including Proenza Schouler.


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Image: Jenni Kayne's new blog


The Art of Shaving celebrates new Beverly Hills flagship

Art of Shaving Grand Opening
The Art of Shaving celebrated the opening of its Beverly Hills flagship barber spa on Thursday night, the newest -- and at 2,900 square feet of retail space the largest -- of its men's grooming emporiums to date.

It stocks men's grooming tools, from the old school -- silvertip badger-hair shaving brushes, safety razors and straight razors  -- to contemporary items such as Gillette Fusion razors, pre-shave oils, shaving creams and post-shave balms (Gillette's parent company, Proctor & Gamble, bought The Art of Shaving brand in 2009). The  boutique also boasts an expansive space in the back outfitted with eight vintage barber chairs where menfolk can go for a range of services, including a beard/mustache trim ($15), classic straight-razor shave ($45), haircut ($60) and a manicure/pedicure ($80). 

When we ducked in to check out the new digs, brand representatives told us that moving forward, stores (the number of which is growing rapidly, and is expected to hit 63 by the end of 2011) would resemble the look and feel of the Beverly Hills space. That's a good thing because the decor -- which includes walls covered with vintage-looking razor ads, shaving-related cartoons and, flanking the front entryway, a wall-hanging comprised of hundreds of razor blades -- manages to toe the exceedingly fine line between manly and trying-too-hard-masculinity.

It's worth noting that The Art of Shaving's growing presence in the market (it joins already existing local locations including Westfield Century City, Westfield Topanga, the Americana at Brand and South Coast Plaza) is just the latest example of a rapidly expanding manscape landscape.

In November 2010 we watched with interest as new management relaunched the Shave of Beverly Hills (just around the corner and down the street at 230 South Beverly Drive). And just a few weeks ago, another temple of all things tonsorial -- Baxter Finley Barber & Shop, which was barely a year and a half old and had already doubled the size of its La Cienega flagship -- added more barbers to its staff and even added a vintage children's barber chair to allow for the prospect of utterly adorable side-by-side father-and-son haircuts.

The Art of Shaving, 9520 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, open Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Baxter Finley Barber & Shop, 515 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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Photos: At left, "True Blood" actor Kevin Alejandro gets a straight-razor shave Thursday at the party celebrating the grand opening of The Art of Shaving's Beverly Hills location. At right, party host George Kotsiopolous (third from right) poses with the half-dozen male models on hand to represent the  "Brotherhood of Shaving" ad campaign. Credit: John Sciulli / Getty Images

Cobbler to the stars steps into retail with Q by Pasquale

Q By Pasquale Retail Store opens
Pasquale Shoe Repair, cobbler shop of the stars, marked its 50th year in business last week by taking a well-shod step into the boutique business.

Q By Pasquale, which opened to the public on Thursday, is located in the former restaurant adjacent to the San Vicente Boulevard space the repair shop has occupied since 2003. Its brightly lighted spare white interior, minimalist glass and wire shelving and single zebra-skin rug are a marked contrast to the cluttered workshop across the way, where two clubby stuffed chairs and most available wall space are filled with half a century worth of Hollywood headshots that hang as silent testament to the skill of cobbler and owner Pasquale Fabrizio. 

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Kelly Wearstler opens her L.A boutique

Kelly Wearstler store
Kelly Wearstler, the interior designer known for her stylish spin on modern glamour and most recently an eponymous clothing line that incorporates many of the whimsical and artful details seen in her interiors, opened the doors to her first stand-alone store on Tuesday at Melrose Avenue near La Cienega Boulevard.

The 2,800-square-foot space truly encompasses the world of Wearstler, with the interior and essentially everything in it, designed by her. At first, you don’t know quite where to look. There are objects and interesting pieces of furniture and art everywhere arranged to create a juxtaposition between smooth and glam and textural and raw. Bright pops of color from her clothing collection are also peppered throughout the predominantly cream, black and gold store.

There are also metal keepsake boxes, leather and brass chairs, jewelry, pillows, china and letter
openers displayed around the store in an unfussy manner that makes you want to touch everything and look everywhere. And of course, there is a signature Kelly Wearstler aesthetic of texture, geometry and clean shapes that bounce between her jewelry, objects and the look of the entire space.

For instance, a brass cuff and earrings with perforated circles echo the same pattern in the large brass awning that hangs at the entrance to the store. Mirrors lining the walls are all hand painted with a splatter-like effect. Nearby, her colorful silk tops also have a subtle splatter pattern.

“The foundation for the look of the store comes from interiors, art and architecture,” says Wearstler who added that the black, ivory and gold motif for the space surfaced because she couldn’t decide on a color that wouldn’t compete with all the color in her clothing line. “This is kind of the culmination of all the things I've designed. I really wanted everything in here to feel like one voice.”

There’s no doubt that Wearstler’s stamp is on just about everything in the store, yet there are a few vintage items that she’s handpicked to complement her own designs, like a pair of crumbly old statues of women’s figures that she found in Palm Beach a few years ago and an all-black modern sculpture brought back from London.

But the most common theme throughout the store is the circle shape. It’s everywhere from actual merchandise, to the racks in the dressing rooms and the grill covering the skylights (which was inspired by one of her cuffs). “I love the circle form,” says Wearstler. “I take the shape of a ball and use it as a foundation in my work. So many things come out of it.”

The store has only been open one day, but Wearstler designed the space specifically so that merchandise and furniture can be moved or changed out, and there's also talk of a New York store. “Everything in here is loose, so I can keep it fresh and bring in new pieces.”

Those who’ve always wanted to be a part of Wearstler’s world will be thrilled.

Kelly Wearstler -- 8440 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Member's-only Stylehaus opens at Melrose Place

Interior designer rakes in bargains in L.A

Photos, from top: Interior of the new Kelly Wearstler store and window display. Credit: Grey Crawford

Member's-only Stylehaus opens at Melrose Place

Stylehaus at Melrose Place
A new boutique called Stylehaus opened this week at Melrose Place, right next to some of L.A’s most posh shopping destinations such as Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta and Chloe.  But while Stylehaus is stocking high-end labels (as well as a contemporary and vintage selection) on par with its neighbors, it will also be charging a $1,000-a-year fee, because this store is for members only.

There’s an application and referral system as well. Think Soho House, but for shopping, complete with a 24/7 concierge, closet consultations and one-on-one stylist service.  

Marina Monroe, creative director of Stylehaus, was inspired to start a store that focuses on personal attention after spending a decade in retail and styling and realizing that the commission-based system of selling clothing put an uneasy pressure on customers.

Stylehaus salespeople don’t work on commission, but there is the pressure of being accepted as a member.  Once you’re accepted, you can shop freely (well, not that freely, they’ve got your $1,000 membership fee remember? Which doesn’t dock anything from the designer price tag, though you are privy to personal attention, trunk shows and pre-orders on the next season’s goods) with your appointed stylist who keeps a dossier of your likes, dislikes, seasonal shopping budget and shopping habits. Items are pre-pulled for clients to peruse, try on and possibly buy but without the pressure of swiping a card.

Prospective customers can purchase a day pass to the store for $100. This includes the stylist service with help putting looks together. The day pass does not include a closet consultation, mainly entrance, access to the clothes, advice from appointed style staff and an idea of whether this kind of shopping experience is for you.

Stylehaus is sort of a hybrid shopping experience, combining some of the most ubiquitous aspects of the way we shop today. There’s the member’s only aspect, which is found with so many flash sale sites (sans fee, but with membership), trunk show access for next season’s purchases like Moda Operandi and of course, a personal stylist, which with reality shows, competitions and celebrities on countless red carpets, everyone’s just gotta have.

To apply for a membership, visit

Stylehaus, 8459 Melrose Place, West Hollywood.

-- Melissa Magsaysay


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Photos, from top:  Stylehaus exterior and interior. Credit: Quoc Ngo


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