Clare Vivier opens store in Santa Monica

Clare V. in Santa Monica carries handbags and more

Handbag designer Clare Vivier opened a new Clare V. store in Santa Monica on Tuesday.

Like her Silverlake flagship and Nolita boutique, Vivier's new store was designed by architect Barbara Bestor. It features a custom mural by artist Simone Shubuck.

The shop at 1318A Montana Ave. carries Vivier's bags (and will offer monogramming), Heather Taylor Home embroidered linens, Chateau Marmont candles, Vuarnet sunglasses and jewelry by local artisans.


"Project Runway's" Tim Gunn is scheduled to meet the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at World Market at the Original Farmers Market. Those attending are asked to bring five nonperishable food items that will be donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. The Original Farmer's Market is at  6333 W 3rd St., Los Angeles.

Made by DWC plans to host a holiday shopping party to benefit the Downtown Women's Center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, during the monthly downtown L.A. Artwalk. The event will be at the DWC Resale Boutique, 325 Los Angeles Blvd. Items include vintage clothing, natural soaps, tea cup candles, coffee cozies and more.

Designer/blogger Julie Sarinana of Sincerely Jules will be showing off her T-shirts and sweaters at the Revolve pop-up at the Grove from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. The pop-up is at 101 The Grove Drive.


Luxury leather goods brand Parabellum is to operate a pop-up shop in the Grand Lobby at the Grove from Nov. 15 through Jan. 31. Parabellum, a finalist for the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, makes bags, belts, wallets and other leather accessories. The Grove is at 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles.

The Santa Monica Museum of Art's Gracie gift shop opens its annual holiday shop on Saturday with a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The holiday shop, to be open though Dec. 23, will feature an expanded collection of artistic and one-of-a-kind items. The first 50 guests to make purchases from the holiday collection are to receive goody bags (limit one to a customer). The museum is at Bergamot Station, G-1, 2525 Michigan Ave.  

Sample sales

Womenswear brand Crippen has scheduled a sample sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at 645 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood.  Cash and credit cards accepted.

Michael Stars is having a sample sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 12955 Chadron Ave., Hawthorne. Prices up to 75% off with an additional 10% off for the first 50 shoppers each day. Cash and credit cards only. Personal bags not permitted. All sales final.

Joie, Current/Elliott and Equipment are having a sample sale from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Siren Studios, 1050 N. Orange Drive, Hollywood. Cash and credit cards only.

Sanctuary's fall sample sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 3611 San Fernando Blvd., Burbank. Cash and credit or debit cards only; cards subject to 10% surcharge.

Trina Turk plans a sample sale from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 8008 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. Womenswear, swim, residential and Mr. Turk menswear will be on sale with prices starting at $15.


Gucci has opened a new store -- its third in Los Angeles County --at Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park. The mall is at 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Cie Sparks Salon has opened at the Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. It's the first salon from hair stylist Michael Sparks and colorist Heather Cie. Call (310) 456-2300 for appointments.

Yogasmoga, maker of yoga-inspired athletic and leisure apparel for men and women, has opened at 11911 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood. The store will also offer yoga classes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends.

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