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September 8, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
It was retail theater of the highest order. With acrobats descending the building's Rodeo Drive facade and trumpets blaring, Hermès reopened its Beverly Hills store Tuesday night after an 18-month renovation. For an after-party, the French fashion house took over a soundstage in Culver City for a Hollywood-level production, complete with a water ballet performance, an opportunity for guests to star in their own short films, and lots of archival celebrity-owned Hermès pieces to ogle, including Alfred Hitchcock's anchor-print bathing trunks, Lauren Bacall's leather flask and Humphrey Bogart's "Haut a Courroies" traveling bag, which was the precursor to the Birkin.
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October 1, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
The limited-edition Coach + Billy Reid collaborative collection launched Tuesday, starring  the most expensive bag that Coach has ever created: the $20,000 Warrior tote, crafted of Louisiana alligator in an ode to Reid's Southern roots.   Reid , who hails from Alabama, received the Council of Fashion Designers of America's 2012 Menswear Designer of the Year Award. He is known for his deft tailoring and a look that reflects the relaxed sophistication of his Southern heritage.
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February 28, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Every journey tells a story, whether it's a weekend road trip up Pacific Coast Highway or a yearlong, round-the-world jaunt. And Tumi hopes that with its new Santa Monica collection of bags and accessories, your luggage will tell a tale too. That was what George Esquivel, the Buena Park-based shoemaker who was appointed Tumi's creative director in January 2013, had in mind when he decided to use soft, buttery leather for the assortment of duffels,...
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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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