Catherine Malandrino Maison opens in Los Angeles


Catherine Malandrino wants you to feel at home. The French-born designer, known for her feminine, ultra-wearable designs, has opened a 6,000-square-foot boutique on La Cienega Boulevard that evokes the look and feel of a breezy California manse.

Dubbed Catherine Malandrino Maison, the store is the first of its kind for the company, gathering the brand’s two collections -- the top-tier Malandrino collection and the Catherine Malandrino contemporary line -- with some of the designer’s favorite things, including one-of-a- kind antique objects, home décor including picture frames and jewelry boxes, vintage and new books (including Malandrino’s new self-titled tome, published by Assouline, that celebrates her first decade in fashion), and a special collection of vintage clothes curated by the designer.

“It’s a selection of all my best pieces from the last 10 years,” says Malandrino, who recently reissued her now-iconic American flag shirtdress. “The clothes don’t go out of style.” Prices for new and vintage clothes range from $395 to $2,450.


Each enclave within the two-level boutique (the upstairs is a spacious VIP suite) is meant to mimic a residential space. There’s a dining-style room; a sitting room with a faux fireplace; a living room with a huge, citron-hued round leather sofa; a library area with a massive bookcase stocked with coffee-table tomes; and even an indoor/outdoor cafe that sprawls out onto the store’s French Provençal-style courtyard, serving coffee drinks and pastries.

“I wanted to give this personal feeling of being home,” says Malandrino, “to create a warm atmosphere.”

Catherine Malandrino Maison, 651-653 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 358-0895. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.


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15306 Antioch St., Pacific Palisades. (310) 230-8882. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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8403 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 653-4651. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.


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Padilla is a freelance writer.

Vesilind is a Times staff writer.