On a late afternoon in the fall, two women at a table in Culina, the restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel near Beverly Hills, stopped their conversation to turn to Ayler Young, a Los Angeles musician-turned-designer, who was seated nearby.
“We want one of those,” they exclaimed.
They were referring to an assortment of bomber jackets Young had pulled from garment bags. The jackets were in sequined scarlet, gilt-embroidered flowers, a chic black and a white tweed.
The response Young, a classically trained pianist, received from passersby at the restaurant is one he should be accustomed to.
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