Japan House offers home and fashion goods in Hollywood; Rachel Zoe adds style to new baby gear
By Kavita Daswani
Feb 01, 2018 | 12:15 PM
Fashion cognoscenti will be familiar with the Japanese style label Anrealage, known for its architectural, cerebral pieces that often have a futuristic underpinning.
Now Angelenos can view the progressive designs of Anrealage founder Kunihiko Morinaga in “A Light Un Light,” an exhibition in Hollywood that opened last month. This is the first time that Anrealage’s avant-garde pieces are on display on the West Coast. Among the highlights are a sculptural white dresses that show hidden designs when light is directly pointed at them.
While the exhibit pieces are for display only, the retail store at Japan House offers a selection of accessible Anrealage pieces (such as a shirt trimmed with rolls of organdy ribbon as well as a jacket and backpack that look as if they were constructed by artfully conjoined patchwork pieces). Also sold at the store are various home goods as well as kitchen items such as chopsticks, tea cups and dishes for eating sushi; stationery and pens; and fashion pieces such as scarves, handbags, jewelry and wallets from Japanese brands. Generally prices range from about $8 to $900.
“A Light Un Light” display runs through March 21 at Japan House’s gallery, Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Entrance is free.
Last month, eyewear brand Warby Parker opened its latest store in Glendale, marking its sixth in Los Angeles and its 62nd outpost in the U.S.
“Los Angeles has always been one of our strongest markets with so much diversity and so many distinct neighborhoods with different feels,” said David Gilboa, co-founder and co-chief executive officer. The new 1,300-square-foot store features a vibrant blue mural from local artist Andrew Ho. Also exclusive to the new location is the Shop Topper 16 frame in crystal with flash-mirrored sky-blue lenses.
The New York-based brand, which launched in 2010, rose to popularity with its straight-to-consumer model and accessible price point; glasses start at $95, including prescription. Gilboa said for spring 2018, the brand is rolling out a collection specifically for people with larger or smaller than average faces.
Parisian brand Balenciaga unveiled its first collaborations last month with luxury e-commerce sites Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter. The two separate collections of menswear and women’s selections from Balenciaga creative director Demna Gvasalia cover casual-yet-distinctive, ready-to-wear and accessories, including jersey tees, outwear, boots and sneakers. (Some pieces have already sold out, such as a $1,050 red nylon backpack in the men’s collection.) Highlights in the women’s offerings include printed spandex sock boots at $1,195.
For parents who fear that baby gear might cramp their style, designer and stylist Rachel Zoe has put her imprimatur on a new line including car seats, a stroller and a diaper bag. Working with Dorel Industries, Zoe launched the Rachel Zoe x Quinny and Maxi-Cosi Luxe Sport Collection at Nordstrom. The pieces are in black and white with metallic champagne accents.
Zoe said that she aimed to ensure that “moms don’t feel that they have to sacrifice style for convenience,” and that she wanted the collection to provide “the best of luxury while still being extremely practical.” Prices range from $199 to $499, and the collection is available at select Nordstrom stores and on shop.nordstrom.com. Starting in March, the collection will be sold at other retailers.
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