Shopping: The Shop at the Standard keeps it local

Special to the Los Angeles Times

The Standard is getting into the buy-local movement with the opening of the revamped Shop at the Standard, which will carry a mix of Los Angeles-made and locally based brands.

The Shop, which shares a space with Rudy’s Barbershop at the downtown hotel, is celebrating its grand reopening Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. (to attend, RSVP to At the event, L.A.-based accessory designer Clare Vivier will unveil her limited-edition collection of evening clutches co-branded with the Shop. Toms Shoes, based in Santa Monica, is bringing its signature “Style Your Sole” party to the party with artist Philip Lumbang creating custom designs on Toms shoes. The event will also feature designer mini-trunk shows, a special vintage sunglass collection for purchase, snacks, drinks and live music by Obi Best.

Standard Hotel: In Sunday’s Image section, a Shopping column item about the Shop at the Standard said the Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles was once the Standard Oil Building. It is in the former Superior Oil Building. —

The Shop at the Standard was redesigned by Commune, a West Hollywood-based design firm that has collaborated on projects including the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and a special holiday gift shop hawking local luxury goods such as fragrances from L’Oeil du Vert by Haley Alexander van Oosten. The new look features magenta cabinets influenced by the hotel’s Vladimir Kagan lobby sofas, which are in a similar hue. National Forest, another local design studio, installed an orange grove mural in the shop to play on the City of Angels’ humble origins in contrast with today’s skyline.

“It’s important to us that the shops are not just ‘hotel gift-shops’ but are real neighborhood spots,” says Claire Darrow, creative director for Andre Balazs Properties, the hotelier that owns the Standard. “Most travelers are looking for the ‘locals’ experience and being able to take a bit of that home with you, through the shop, makes sense.”

Clare Vivier, who sews her bags in Burbank from remnant leather, is a prime example of an up-and-coming local artisan. This year, Target and Daily Candy selected the Echo Park resident for Target’s online Red Hot Shop, featuring exclusive merchandise. For the Shop at the Standard, Vivier designed an exclusive small evening clutch ($139) and a larger one ($149) in her signature fold-over style with a magenta zipper to match the Kagan sofas. The bags come in either camel or black leather and sport the Shop at the Standard, Downtown LA, mushroom logo.

“I love the lobby at the Standard Downtown — it feels like an old chic office building,” says Vivier, referencing the hotel’s history as Claud Beelman’s Standard Oil building from 1955.

At the event, shoppers can check out leather bags by Dean, designed by Danny Dean in his Sunset Junction atelier. Alice Park is another local leather goods manufacturer, specializing in satchels and totes. Livity, based in Topanga, sells hats, which although sourced internationally are made from organic, renewable and recyclable materials like raffia.

The Shop is also stocked to the gills with an L.A. necessity: sunglasses. The store carries statement eyewear from hard-to-find brands such as Karen Walker, Retrosuperfuture and Tsubi (around $180). During the opening party, there will be a one-night vintage eyewear sale on brands ranging from Christian Dior to Playboy.

550 S. Flower St., Los Angeles. . 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.


James Perse The Los Angeles-based label rooted in luxury basic clothing has opened a Hollywood outpost on Highland Avenue. James Perse on Highland, which is housed in an industrial warehouse, stocks classic James Perse apparel styles for men and women for under $200. The location will also feature James Perse Limited Edition collectibles, such as bicycles, surfboards, a pool table and custom truck. It will also serve as a venue for live musical performances.

1128 Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 466-1808. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Nordstrom Beauty Bash Friday: Seattle-based department store celebrates its official grand opening at Santa Monica Place with an in-store beauty bash. Line up before the store opens for special beauty demos, gifts with purchase and other surprises. Experts will also be giving scoops on new trends, products and tips.

220 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 752-2701. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.


Madison Outlet Thursday and ongoing: Madison’s outlet store, which is tucked behind its Melrose boutique, starts its end-of-spring/summer season blowout by marking down designer label prices by 50% to 70%. Designer merchandise on sale features “it” items from Alexander Wang, Elizabeth & James, Chloe, YSL, Marni, Missoni and more.

8115 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-3662. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Shipley & Halmos Fill in the Blank Photo Tour Sunday, Aug. 22, through Tuesday: Designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos are greeting shoppers at Barneys New York Co-Ops coast-to-coast and taking photo booth pics for a photo book to be published this fall. The duo will stop at Barneys New York Beverly Hills Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. On Monday, Fill in the Blank is in the new Co-Op at Santa Monica Place. Then Shipley & Halmos will head down to the O.C.'s South Coast Plaza on Tuesday.

Beverly Hills, 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 276-4400, ext. 8729. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Santa Monica, 395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 146, Santa Monica. (310) 260-4715. 5 to 7 p.m. Monday.

Costa Mesa, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (714) 641-0072. 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Vince Fall into Autumn Fashion Thursday: Preview knitwear brand Vince’s fall collection while helping others. To join in the festivities, shoppers must bring a new or gently worn suit, shoes and accessories to donate to Dress for Success, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting economic independence for disadvantaged women. While in the store, check out LA Closet Design demos and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. If you purchase a new Vince look at the event, 20% of proceeds will also benefit Dress for Success. RSVP to or call (310) 396-7851.

112 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles. 5 to 8 p.m.

Frédéric Fekkai Style Trial at Saks Thursday: Fekkai’s salon experts are meeting shoppers at Saks for a complimentary personalized hair consultation plus one full-size Fekkai Advanced styling product — hairspray, glossing crème, straightening balm and others — while supplies last.

Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 275-4211. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa. (714) 540-3233. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Judith Leiber Friday: Join Judith Leiber’s celebrity ambassador Maria Bello for the L.A. launch of a limited-edition “Don’t Forget” Haiti pendant ($95) with 100% of sale proceeds to be donated to the Haitian Chapter of Vital Voices. To attend, RSVP to (attendance is subject to capacity).

220 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. 6 to 8 p.m.