Just as the perfect little black dress can be pulled out occasion after occasion, a classic black bikini has the potential to be a timeless wardrobe staple. But as many a woman has discovered, in the world of swimwear, that "perfect" suit can be hard to find, even if you're a model like Bar Refaeli, who appeared on the cover of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Refaeli, though, didn't have to go the "Never mind -- I'll just go with a pareo" route when her search came up empty. She enlisted Costa Mesa-based swimwear maker Hurley to collaborate on the Little Black Bikini, which hits the racks at Victoria's Secret on Tuesday.
Israel-native Refaeli says she particularly likes the way this bikini travels. "I insist on packing easy, chic pieces that will work for me when I am on the go," she says. "And the fabric dries quickly, so I don't worry about throwing it into my bag to make the next flight."
The suit retails for $120, and 10% of sale proceeds benefit Boarding for Breast Cancer, an organization that promotes early detection and an active lifestyle as the keys to preventing breast cancer.
Victoria's Secret at the Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 634-9177. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Steven Alan sample sale Thursday through June 7: The line, with roots in the button-down shirt, brings back the sample sale (30% to 75% off retail prices) at its Los Feliz outpost. Shirts will be marked down to $25 for kids (regular price $78 to $95), $55 for women ($148) and $65 for men ($168). Deals on other brands include $20 Sophomore T-shirts, $34 Relwen surf shorts ($128), $30 A-lawless cotton tanks ($60), $90 Demylee cashmere cardigans ($260) and $140 Rachel Nasvik Mini Eleanor bag ($285). Credit cards accepted, including American Express.
1937 1/2 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 667-9500 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Theodore Warehouse Ongoing: The Beverly Hills boutique holds a warehouse sale at its Calabasas location with prices as much as 90% off retail. A sampling of lines: Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander McQueen plus denim brands AG Jeans, True Religion and the Great China Wall.
4719 Commons Way, Calabasas. (818) 591-4299. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Suzanne Felsen Monday through June 30: Felsen, who specializes in colored gemstone jewelry, holds a monthlong sale in time for June engagements and commitment ceremonies. Sterling silver jewelry, including cuff links and tuxedo sets, is 40% off, with prices starting at $60. Diamond and sapphire rings and wedding bands are 15% off, with prices starting at $1,275. All 18-karat fine gemstone baubles are 25% off.
8332 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 653-5400. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 2525 Michigan Ave., Bergamot Station, No. G3, Santa Monica. (310) 315-1972. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Mikimoto trunk show Friday and Saturday: The cultured pearl specialist hosts a meet and greet with Italian designers Giovanna and Lisa Broggian, creators of Mikimoto's "Milano" collection. The collection features pearls set in 18-karat gold necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings and bracelets.
3333 Bristol St., Suite 1417, Costa Mesa. (714) 424-5440. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Vintage Warehouse Friday until June 7: The Paper Bag Princess sponsors a warehouse sale in support of the National Council of Jewish Women/L.A. with 75% off its retail prices. The sale kicks off Friday with an "early buy" -- a first chance at the goods from 9 to 10:30 a.m. -- for a donation of $10. General admission is free for the rest of the sale, with a portion of sale proceeds benefiting the NCJW. Designer vintage labels featured: Chanel, Dior, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana and Armani.
543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 385-9036. 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (9 a.m. for early buyers) Friday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Tom Brophy Ongoing until June 30: Purchase a haircut ($75 to $125 depending on stylist) and you can get your dad a free "breakfast" he can wear on his head: a muesli and yogurt shampoo and conditioner that comes with a healthy scalp treatment ($68 value). The four-step healthy scalp treatment restores luster and alleviates itchiness, redness and dandruff and comes with a tension-relieving scalp massage.
9681 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 858-8780.