Meet LL Cool J and his jewelry designer wife Simone Smith at Macy’s


Actor/rapper LL Cool J will be the arm candy when his wife, jewelry designer Simone Smith, shows her collection, SIS by Simone I. Smith, at Macy’s in downtown L.A. on Saturday.

The first 200 customers to make a purchase from the collection will get to have a photo taken with the couple, and $1 from each sale during the trunk show will go to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The show is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Macy’s is at 750 W. 7th St.

In other shopping news:



Helmut Lang has opened its U.S. flagship store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.

The 7,000-square-foot space was designed in collaboration with Standard Architects to be spare and modern. The space includes silk carpets, custom venetian plaster finishes, Midcentury Modern furniture and stainless-steel millwork. David Laforga designed a garden, and Mark Hagen created a custom sculpture for the space.

The store, which carries women’s ready-to-wear and fragrance, is at 8808 Melrose Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Atelier 7918 in Newport Beach is throwing a truly grand grand opening featuring three events benefiting three charities over three days. Things are set to kick off with a cocktail party from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 19, when 20% of the full day’s sales will go to benefit Project Hope Alliance. That’s to be followed by an afternoon tea from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21 (with CHOC Children’s Foundation the day’s beneficiary) and a brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 22 (Crystal Cove Alliance). Atelier 7918, which carries a variety of designer labels, is in the Crystal Cove shopping center at 7918 East Coast Highway. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Ralph Lauren has opened a new, 5,700-square-foot store at South Coast Plaza. The store carries Lauren men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and footwear with “an emphasis on the brand’s most elegant and exquisite items,” according to a news release. There’s also a collection of vintage and fine jewelry selected for the location and clientele. The store is on first level of the Jewel Court section of the mall at 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

YogaSmoga has opened at Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. The store, which is at 3900 Cross Creek, carries the brand’s full line of men’s and women’s workout apparel for yoga, running, spin and more.



Current/Elliott, Equipment and Joie are having their winter sample sale this week at Siren Studios, 1050 N. Orange Drive, Los Angeles. Hours are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Vince has scheduled a sample sale with prices up to 70% off retail from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at 850 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. Due to space constraints, no children, pets or high heels allowed.

Clover Canyon plans a sample sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at 834 S. Broadway, 12th floor, Los Angeles.

Los Angeles-based luxury handbag brand Hammitt is hosting a sample sale and party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach. The sale is a rare opportunity to get the brand’s leather handbags, which usually sell for $250 to $1,500, at a discount. The party will include light brunch bites, cocktails, a DJ and drawings for prizes. RSVP at The Manhattan Country Club is at 1330 Parkview Ave.

The Well in downtown L.A. plans to host a shopping event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to showcase fall/winter collections from labels including Chapter, Objects Without Meaning, Rick Owens x Adidas, DRKSHDW, Henrik Vibskov, Article Number, Barbara Gongini and Issey Miyake. The store will also be offering Black Friday prices to downtown residents, and beverages and breakfast bites from Clover Juice will be served. The store is at 1006 S. Olive St.


360 Cashmere is planning a sample sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 18-Nov. 22 at Lincoln Creative Studios, 1656 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica. New women’s pieces will be up to 65% off, and items from the Skull Baby collection will also be available.

Sanctuary’s fall warehouse sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 21 at 3611 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank. Prices start at $15. Women only, no strollers or food allowed.


Fashion designer Nick Verreos is scheduled to host a beauty show called the Makeup Date at Bloomingdale’s at the Glendale Galleria, 100 W. Broadway, Glendale, on Saturday. Customers will be able to consult with makeup experts and take home a limited-edition travel bag filled with cosmetic samples from a variety of lines. The doors open at 8 a.m. and the show begins at 9 a.m. Breakfast bites will be served. There is a $25 reservation fee, which will be credited toward product purchases. To RSVP, call (818) 638-4021, visit any cosmetics counter or email


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