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Retail Boom: A slew of store openings in time for the holidays

Here is a sampling of stores (yes, actual physical businesses) in the L.A. area that have opened their doors to customers or are planning to do so soon.

November 25, 2012
  • A carousel of specialized cookbooks and other knickknacks at LaMerch.
A carousel of specialized cookbooks and other knickknacks at LaMerch. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles…)


D.L. & Co.: 417 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 205-0025), Candles in enamel apple-shaped boxes, Madame Pompadour candle busts, pocket watches with solid perfume inside, diffusers and curiosities such as dessert plates emblazoned with skulls abound at this Goth-tinged gift emporium, the Van Nuys-based brand's first boutique.

Nars Cosmetics Flagship Boutique: 8412 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 623-1730, This 1,500-square-foot makeup Valhalla offers some exclusive products not available elsewhere, including the Self Portrait Palettes that are part of the new Nars Andy Warhol collection for the holidays.


David Webb: 9621 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, (310) 858-8006, Jeweler David Webb's new West Coast flagship features an expansive collection of the house's signature animal-inspired and colored jewels, which have been worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Babe Paley.

Kimberly McDonald: 8590 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 854-0890, American jewelry designer McDonald chose L.A. as the destination for her first boutique. The 680-square-foot space features her one-of-a-kind, earthy jewelry designs and home accessories, including silver and agate ice buckets, cocktail shakers and trays.

Van Cleef & Arpels: 300 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 276-1161, The Parisian jeweler, which first opened on Rodeo in 1969, has reopened after a seven-month renovation. The boutique floor is now designed to have the feel of a Parisian apartment, with several individual rooms for bridal, timepieces and fine jewelry.


Burning Torch: 1627 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (310) 399-1920, The L.A. brand, founded by Karen Craven in 1999 and known for its melding of vintage, modern, organic and global elements, now has its own boutique offering sportswear, including leather jackets and tops, silks, up-cycled sweaters, jewelry, vintage eyewear, one-of-a-kind pieces and vintage furniture, tabletop items and home furnishings.

Dior: 309 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 247-8003, The French fashion house, which is enjoying much buzz thanks to new designer Raf Simons, has reopened its Rodeo Drive boutique in grand fashion. The art-filled interior features different salons devoted to ready-to-wear, accessories and fine jewelry and special items, such as a starry gold lace cuff, created exclusively for the store.

Isabel Marant: 8454 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, Opening Jan. 3. It's a wonder it's taken so long for the Parisian designer, who started her business in 1994, to open here, considering L.A. seems to be her spiritual home. For the last several seasons, her laid-back cool collections have been directly inspired by the West Coast. And her label is already a huge hit with the young Hollywood set. The boutique will be the designer's second location in the U.S. after one in New York.

Joseph: 156 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 385-7187, The British brand comes to L.A. with its first West Coast store and all the smart-looking knitwear, sleek trousers and day-to-night dresses that have made the label a mainstay for women in Europe and Asia.

Madewell: The Grove, 189 the Grove Drive, Los Angeles, (323) 900-8080. J. Crew's little sister has opened a store at the Grove, with all the cool-girl skinny jeans, colorful printed scarves, friendship bracelets and boyfriend cardigans that fans of the brand have come to expect.


J. Crew Men's: The Grove, 189 the Grove Drive, Los Angeles, (323) 939-1070, J. Crew's first stand-alone men's store in L.A. stocks the brand's suits, sweaters and tees, along with a curated selection of goods from other brands, including New Balance sneakers, Corgi socks, Hav-A-Hank bandanna print handkerchiefs and stylish coffee-table books.


Rag & Bone: 8533 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (424) 245-4816, The New York-based brand's new L.A. flagship (see accompanying article) is a two-story structure with an old industrial feel and all the denim, chunky knits, leather jackets and ankle boots that the brand has to offer for men and women.

Vince: 189 the Grove Drive, Los Angeles, (323) 602-0550, The newest Vince boutique is open at the Grove, with drapey cashmere cardigans and soft T-shirts, silky blouses, leather jackets and more.


A + R: 171 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 692-0086, You'll find Cast of Vices jewelry, JumpFromPaper Op-Art bags, Fair Trade-made knitted animal masks, Design House Stockholm & Marie-Louise Gustafsson's crochet plastic bicycle baskets and more gift ideas galore at this newly opened second location of A + R, which is double the size of the Abbot Kinney store.

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