Michael Kors is diving into L.A.'s retail scene in a big way; Hanro of Switzerland offers luxe loungewear in Beverly Hills
By Kavita Daswani
Dec 14, 2017 | 8:00 AM
New York-based brand Michael Kors might not as widely known for its men’s offerings here as for its women’s, but that’s likely to change with the rapid expansion of the brand’s footprint in Southern California. As the company rolls out new lifestyle stores, Michael Kors’ men’s selections are being highlighted with their own dedicated spaces.
In November, a Michael Kors store opened at the revamped Westfield Century City shopping center. The 3,800-square-foot boutique offers the full Michael Kors Collection and Michael Michael Kors labels in addition to the brand’s menswear offerings. On Dec. 8, the brand opened an expanded, 4,500-square-foot store at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles, and additional boutiques are expected to open in 2018 on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa.
The brand is tapping into the ongoing demand for laid-back luxe in the menswear market. Men’s knits are a core component of the line, as are polo shirts that come in 15 colors. Premium pieces include hand-burnished leather jackets and lush shearling coats. Prices are $78 to $2,000.
Gaia Repossi hasn’t deviated from the legacy of the Repossi brand founded in 1920 in Turin, Italy, by her grandfather, Constantin, who began making high-end jewelry exclusively using diamonds. Almost a century later, the younger Repossi, the brand’s creative director since 2007, eschews trends in colored stones.
“Just diamonds,” said Repossi, 31, during a November visit to Los Angeles for the launch of the jewelry collection at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills. “We’ve always been a fine-jewelry line.”
The Paris-based designer uses her training in the arts and her modernist mind-set to create pieces that have found favor among A-listers. Cate Blanchett has worn Repossi’s signature ear cuff, a slender stick of rose gold that affixes across the top of the ear.
“We’ve reintroduced classics, which you could imagine on the red carpet yet are modern enough to wear every day,” Repossi said. New offerings include the Antifer, a unisex series of single or stacked rings in geometric shapes. Here, you can see the $26,000 Antifer eight-row ring in pink gold set with diamonds.
At a different price point and aesthetic is Civetta, a Los Angeles brand that uses stones for its jewelry such as watermelon tourmaline and black onyx. (Kate Hudson has been seen wearing a custom black onyx Mala necklace and other Civetta pieces.)
“It’s not just a piece of jewelry,” Michelle Thomas, founder of the line, said. “We use stones that are historically known for having certain properties. Some stones go back to biblical times.”
Thomas has incorporated gemstones into a new limited-edition holiday offering that includes a chunky garnet pendant flecked with amber and a bracelet made with sparkling beads of gold hematite. Hematite also shows up in cubed dangling earrings. Selections are $50 to $195.
Los Angeles’ affinity for easy loungewear — pieces that work well hanging out at home or brunching with friends — led to the decision by Swiss brand Hanro to open its first Los Angeles boutique.
The 1,800-square-foot Beverly Hills location, in the site of a former sushi restaurant, opens Thursday, offering a full range of luxe lingerie, sleepwear and loungewear for men and women. And the store, which was constructed using olive ash, concrete and bronze, is illuminated by a substantial skylight.
Jan Snodgrass, U.S. president of Hanro, said the brand’s strongest growth has been in loungewear, and that the offerings in the new boutique would reflect that.
“In Los Angeles especially, it’s more about dressing comfortably,” he said. “Loungewear is something we will continue to expand on.” Hanro selections include cotton drawstring pants, ankle-skimming caftans and shirt dresses loosely belted in addition to the offerings of underwear, pajamas and nightgowns. Prices are $26 to $600 for women and $36 to $700 for men.
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