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July 10, 2011 | Emili Vesilind
French luxury brand Longchamp will premiere its first West Coast boutique on Monday at Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza, bringing its Le Pliage leather-trimmed nylon tote -- among other "it" handbags -- to Orange County shoppers. The 1,722-square-foot shop is an elegant study in wood, lacquer, glass and leather, and features a feminine enclave for the brand's growing ready-to-wear collection that "doesn't exist in any other U.S. store," said Stephanie Disegni, chief executive for Longchamp North America.
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November 8, 2009 | BOOTH MOORE, FASHION CRITIC
Jimmy Choo took the town by storm last week, hosting not one but two parties. Not Jimmy Choo the man (the shoemaker sold his name in 2001), but Jimmy Choo the British footwear brand and its glamorous president and founder, Tamara Mellon. No stranger to Los Angeles, Mellon lived in Beverly Hills from ages 8 to 14, attending Marymount High School (Camp Beverly Hills was a favorite hangout), before settling in London. She was also one of the first to recognize the power of the red carpet, setting up the brand's first Academy Awards showroom for celebrities and stylists in 1999.
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April 10, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Nike's footwear collaboration with Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci, which had its bricks and mortar premiere in New York City late last month, is set to hit the Web on Friday. According to Nike's website, four silhouettes of the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 collection will be available online beginning April 11. Although the announcement does not include a specific list of e-tailers (besides its own nike.com e-commerce portal), luxury men's website Mr. Porter has been touting the arrival of the collection since midweek.
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March 7, 1996
Regarding the Feb. 22 letter from P. Johnston in response to the vegetarian article on Feb. 1: Gee whiz, P. Johnston! What are you so angry about? I am a vegan and know many other people who are vegan (those who eat no animal products at all, as opposed to ovo-lacto vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy products). Neither I nor any of the other vegans I know buy, use or eat any animal products . . . no leather anything, no fur, no skins. I hope your [leather-wearing vegetarian] friend has made merely the first step in becoming a vegan with a truly compassionate and non-harmful lifestyle.
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July 25, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Bags from Los Angeles designer Clare Vivier , textiles designed by Echo Park's Rachel Craven and leather accessories from West Hollywood boutique RTH's Rene Holguin are among the covetable items on sale in a special teaming of online retailer One Kings Lane and the Crafting Community . The three Southern Californians are among more than 25 artisans whose work is being showcased in the sale that runs through Wednesday on the...
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September 7, 2012 | By Booth Moore, Fashion Critic
NEW YORK -- The collection: Monika Chiang. Launched in 2011, the brand has stores in L.A. and New York. Chiang is the girlfriend of entrepreneur Chris Burch, who helped launch her brand as well as ex-wife Tory Burch's. Where Tory's look is decidedly uptown, Monika's is downtown -- and after-dark. The inspiration: Street style in South Africa, where Chiang traveled over the New Year's holiday. The look: "Luxe athleticism," as described by Chiang. Black leather skirts with car-wash pleats, embroidered leather bra tops, block-print skinny jeans, biker jackets in leather or stripe canvas, parachute silk pants and anoraks, strappy sandals with skyscraper-high block heels, baseball caps.
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February 10, 2013 | By Booth Moore
NEW YORK -- Fur mittens. That's apparently what we're going to be wearing for fall judging from the two high profile designers, Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra, who showed the amusing accessories in their shows on Saturday at New York Fashion Week. If not mittens, maybe just fur, if you are OK with it … and leather. Both are shaping up to be major touchstones for the fall 2013 season. At Altuzarra, we saw the wildest riffs on fur yet - fur cocktail dresses. The inspiration: The street, including the hard surfaces, horizontal and vertical lines, the glint of the pavement and the shards of color from passing cars, according to the show notes.
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November 21, 2012 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For fragrance lovers, it's the season of opulent choices. L'Objet's champagne-scented candle is decked out in a malachite vessel with 24-karat gold and amethyst quartz cabochon detailing that can double as a treasure box later. Diptyque's limited-edition candles spread holiday cheer with the rich aromas of frankincense, frosty fir tree and warm oud wood mixed with amber. Los Angeles' Royal Apothic offers another festive possibility: "Distillation of a Victorian Fir," with notes of cranberry, holly, apricot and cinnamon.
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