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Century City celebrates holidays with colorful reindeer

November 21, 2012|By Susan Denley
  • Reindeer painted by Los Angeles artists will be on display around Westfield Century City and Century Park through the holiday season.
Reindeer painted by Los Angeles artists will be on display around Westfield… (Ingenthron/Chai )

Colorful handpainted reindeer in a variety of unique patterns deck out Westfield Century City this holiday season, thanks to the Reindeer Project. Eleven acrylic deer were painted by artists including Aaron Axelrod (who designed two reindeer), Couto Brothers, Yolanda González, Man One, Greg Miller, Max Neutra, Marilinda Rivera, Analia Saban, Johnny Taylor and Robert Vargas. The 12th deer was painted by Inner-City Arts students.

Four reindeer were sold at an auction last week, and the others may be bid on through Dec. 10 on CharityBuzz.com, with proceeds benefiting Inner-City Arts, a nonprofit arts education organization for disadvantaged youngsters. Bids start at $1,000 and rise in $200 increments.

All of the deer are to remain on display at the mall and nearby Century Park through Jan. 1. The mall is at 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles.

OPENINGS

The Grove is welcoming several new stores, just in time for holiday shopping. Vince had its grand opening celebration Tuesday, and Madewell and J. Crew are celebrating Wednesday. At Madewell, Song of Style blogger Aimee Song is scheduled to give styling tips from 5 to 8 p.m., while shoppers can sip Pellegrino, munch on macaroons and receive a free tote while supplies last. J. Crew plans to give a gift with purchase (also while supplies last) and serve root beer and Pellegrino from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The Grove is at 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles.

Shop for Success, a seasonal pop-up benefiting Dress for Success Worldwide -- West, is set to be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 5-7 at 1038 Westwood Blvd., in Westwood Village, Los Angeles. The pop-up is sponsored by HauteLook, Robbins Brothers, the Engagement Ring Store, Podiume, Delphi Business Properties/Stuart Liebsohn, Dollar Loan Center and Topa Management Co. During its three days in business, it will offer discounts on vintage and designer merchandise, with 100% of proceeds earmarked for the career development and job retention programs at Dress for Success. Last year's inaugural pop-up raised more than $30,000 for the nonprofit.

Online home furnishings vendor Apt 2B and "guy stuff" store Alpha have teamed up for a pop-up shop that's open now through Dec. 31 at Satine boutique, 8134 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. The shop features apparel, furniture, gadgets, books and home decor. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

SAMPLE SALES

Alo, featuring yoga and activewear, and Bella + Canvas,  which carries men's and women's basic apparel, are having a joint sample sale this weekend at 6670 Flotilla St., Los Angeles. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Merchandise is 60% to 80% off retail. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Kain Label, whose clothes have been worn by Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Biel and Kristen Stewart, plans a sample sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 28-30 at the Addison + Crescent Showroom in the Cooper Building, 860 S. Los Angeles St., No. 505, Los Angeles. Tees, tanks, jersey dresses and skirts , washed silk dresses and tops and more items from Resort 2011, and spring-summer 2012 collections will be on sale for 40% to 75% off retail. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Samples from L.A. designers including Black Orchid Denim, Wren, Love Zooey and Kova & T will be on sale for 80% off retail at the Runway Outlet's three-year anniversary sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The sale is at 2395 Glendale Blvd., A2, Los Angeles.

BLOCK PARTY

More than a dozen small shops on Eagle Rock Boulevard between Colorado Boulevard and Avenue 43 are planning special one-day sales and designer trunk shows from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday. MediaNoche, at 5048 Eagle Rock Blvd., will host trunk shows featuring Highland Park handbag designer Kim White and Atwater jewelry designer Eric Clum. Among other shops participating are Bubble Cuts, Cactus Gallery, Cuculapraline, Double-O Salon, Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply, the Kumquat, Letters From L.A., Leannna Lin's Wonderland, Ohana Style L.A., Owl Talk, READ Books, Toros Pottery, Sniveling Sibling and Wildwood. For a complete rundown, check out the shopping district's website.

LAUNCH

Los Angeles artist James Price, known for the bedazzled shoes he has created to Nicki Minaj and other stars, has designed 25 pairs of Swarovski-crystal embellished sunglasses in the fifth installment of Sunglass Hut's Artist Series. The glasses, signed by the artist, are numbered and come with a certificate of authenticity. They are to go on sale starting Tuesday for $250 a pair on Sunglass Hut's website.

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