Tadashi Shoji to open in redesigned space at South Coast Plaza

Sample sales, openings, events and more L.A.-area shopping news

Fashion designer Tadashi Shoji plans to open his redesigned store in South Coast Plaza on Saturday.

Inspired by the energy of  Shoji’s runway shows, Los Angeles architecture firm (M)Arch created a contemporary  space that suggests a catwalk, according to a news release. And as soon as customers enter, they see a giant plasma screen showing video from  Shoji’s latest runway show.

In the center of the store, large, translucent glass louvers can be adjusted to create private and semi-private shopping spaces that can function as fitting rooms.

The space is modern and inviting in soft hues of cream and pink.

Shoji is known for his tasteful, flattering cocktail dresses and gowns, as well as his red-carpet designs for stars such as Octavia Spencer and Katy Perry. First Lady Michelle Obama wore a swirling purple gown by Shoji to the state dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in April.

South Coast Plaza is at 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa

In other shopping news:

Sample sales

BB Dakota + Jack have scheduled the semi-annual sample sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at 1638 Pomona Ave., Costa Mesa. Prices range from $5 for shirts, skirts or shorts, $10 for dresses pants, blazers and sweaters and $20 for coats to $50 for leather. 

Ted Baker London is having a sample sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Cooper Design Space, 860 S. Los Angeles St., Ste. 800, in downtown L.A. The sale includes men's and women's apparel plus handbags and accessories. Cash and credit cards only.

Heidi Merrick California is set to host a sample this week, online and in studio at 850 S. Broadway, Ste. 903, Los Angeles. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The sale is to feature some never-before-seen archival pieces, swimwear, summer maxi dresses and more, with spring and summer 2015 merchandise marked 25% to 50% off.

The EquipmentJoie and Current/Elliott summer sample sale is scheduled Wednesday through Saturday this week.  Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The sale will be at Siren Studios, 1050 N. Orange Drive in Hollywood.


The Melrose Business Improvement District is planning a series of themed events every third Thursday in June, July and August beginning this week. The Art of Melrose will include live entertainment, food trucks and special promotions at participating retailers. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. in the strip of Melrose from Fairfax to Highland.

Jihan Zencirli, creator of Geronimo Balloons, will host a DIY camp on Saturday on the green at the Americana at Brand.  Planned are opportunities to make floral bouquets, party favors, succulent gardens, jewelry creation and crowns. You can learn to braid your own hair, give yourself a foil mani and touch up your makeup. The afternoon will include live music, cocktails and sweet treats from the likes of Sno con Amor and Sprinkles Cupcakes. The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. and admission is $15. The mall is at 889 Americana Way, Glendale.

Designer Jenni Kayne plans to celebrate the launch of her collection for Pottery Barn Kids from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the PBK at the Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles.  Participants can create a dream catcher with Crafting Community, and there will be drinks and snacks. RSVPs are required and may be made on eventbrite

Simon and Refinery29 are partnering to bring an event called Style Festival to Brea Mall on Saturday.  The event is inspired by millennials and by music festival culture, and it will include a musical performance by MS MR.  There will also be pop-up beauty stages focused on festival hairstyles and a chance for shoppers to design their own concert T-shirts. The event is scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. on the lower level of the center court at Brea Mall, 1065 Brea Mall, Brea.

Fashion Island will turn into a carnival on Saturday with its Paseo Party, featuring family activities including face-painting, a fortune teller, balloon artist, live music and much more. You can take a selfie in the photo op area for a chance to win a $200 Fashion Island gift card, and participating merchants will be offering special discounts and promotions. The event is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. at the mall at 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach. 

Zero + Maria Cornejo is having a day of shopping and cocktails Saturday to celebrate its fifth anniversary on Melrose Place. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8408 Melrose Place, Los Angeles. A portion of proceeds has been pledged to the nonprofit Every Mother Counts.  


Emi Jay and Frankie's Bikinis are combining forces in a two-day pop-up shop scheduled to be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 8467 Melrose Place, West Hollywood.  Bikinis, tees and ties will be 20% off, and there will be braid and ice tea bars and a photo booth.

Unique Vintage is having a pop-up shop on Saturday at Hey Saylor & Style, 201 Main St., Ste. D, in  Huntington Beach.  The shop is to be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will feature summer styles, and personal fittings will be available.

Eres has scheduled a pop-up shop featuring its spring-summer swim and lingerie collection at the Standard Hotel, 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is the first of a planned series of Eres pop-ups at Standard Hotels this summer.


Kiehl's plans to open at Los Cerritos Center at the end of the month, with a grand-opening celebration planned from 1 p.m. till closing on June 30. The first 50 customers in line are to receive mystery gift cards worth up to $500, and all customers will receive a .95 oz. Ultra Facial Cream with any purchase. Customers will also be offered complimentary 20-minute seated facials and refreshments. The mall is at 239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos. To book an appointment, email kiehls070@kiehls-usa.com.

A.P.C. has opened a downtown Los Angeles store at 125 W. 9th St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.


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