Stone Island offers its cult-favorite menswear at new L.A. store; beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury pops up at the Grove
By Kavita Daswani
Dec 22, 2017 | 8:10 AM
In its native Italy and other parts of Europe, menswear label Stone Island has a cult following. The brand embraces the fact that British soccer bad boys wore it through the 1990s, while current high-profile fans include Drake and Travis Scott.
So when Stone Island had the opportunity to open a U.S. flagship, Los Angeles was an obvious choice.
“When we started thinking about the American market, we dreamed of Los Angeles,” Stone Island Chief Executive Carlo Rivetti said during the November opening of the 5,300-square-foot La Brea Avenue store. “Californians are less tied to formal jackets than New York[ers].”
The opening drew fans who were familiar with the brand from their travels to Europe, where Stone Island has 20 stores. “In Europe, we have collectors,” Rivetti said. “It’s a club.”
Known for its technical outerwear — its down-filled puffer jackets cost about $1,000 — Rivetti said his customers are drawn to the lightweight fabrics and use of color — think claret, cobalt and saffron. The collection also includes jeans, fleecewear, sweatshirts, footwear and bags. Prices start around $100 for a T-shirt.
If you forgot someone on your Christmas gift list this year, don’t worry. Consider an end-of-year or early 2018 gift like the Robb Vices subscription box.
This isn’t any old subscription service: The boxes are based on the content of Robb Report, a publication focused on all-things lavish. Jet-setting readers are avid car, watch and boat collectors.
The stylish deliveries have a retail value of $200 to $500. For December, the hefty matte-black, velvet-lined Celebration Box contains a Georg Jensen Champagne sabre, a bottle of sparkling Chardonnay and the liqueur Gabriel Boudier Crème de Cassis de Dijon.
Contents of the boxes are intended to be a surprise. Future ones, according to a brand spokesperson, include an “auditory exploration of vinyl,” and, for February, the theme is “Melted Romance.” A yearly subscription is $79.95 a month. Month-to-month prices are $89.95.
Popular nontoxic nail salon Base Coat in downtown Los Angeles has opened a second location on Fairfax Avenue, offering the same services in a cozy 750-square-foot salon.
“It’s a more intimate space,” co-founder Ali Elman said.
Like the downtown location, services at the second Base Coat salon use chemical-free, vegan-friendly materials. Products are scented with essential oils, and the usual harsh components of nail care — toluene, parabens and formaldehyde — are nowhere to be found.
A new offering is a gel manicure that lasts two weeks and uses LED lights instead of UV lights. A steam treatment removes the gel, which is said to be gentler than the conventional acetone soak. Prices start at $20 for a polish change.
There’s an Instagrammable pop-up shop at the Grove shopping center through the end of the year. The burgundy-and-glass 250-square-foot Charlotte Tilbury Gift Shop, in partnership with Nordstrom, is the first time the British beauty brand with a cult following has had a U.S. pop-up.
And this one is hard to miss. A giant lip sculpture affixed to one wall has a lipstick cigarette dangling from it. A brand spokesperson said makeup artists are on hand to help with beauty ideas, and complimentary cocktails are served to shoppers. If you’re in the mood to splurge, the brand’s Giant Magic Cream moisturizer, which costs $255, comes in a jar that can be engraved. Prices at the pop-up show start at $22.
Charlotte Tilbury Gift Shop, The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles; open through Dec. 31: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 26; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 27 and 28; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 29 and 30; and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 31. www.charlottetilbury.com
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