Linda Farrow Eyewear Opens Latest Boutique in Los Angeles

U.K.-based luxury eyewear brand Linda Farrow today opens its third U.S. stand-alone store at 8409 Melrose Place in Los Angeles. The store follows Bal Harbour and New York locations opened within the last 18 months, reinforcing the brand’s presence in the U.S. The brand dabbled in the L.A. retail scene with a pop-up at Platform in Culver City.
The store follows the same creative direction as the units in New York and Miami, embracing femininity and masculinity, light, texture and color, all within 1,055 square feet. Founder and creative director Simon Jablon worked closely on the store’s identity to create an atmosphere of earthy luxury within a compact footprint.

An exterior view of Linda Farrow’s Melrose Place boutique. 
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“Los Angeles has its own unique vibe and take on the international fashion scene, which is something we at Linda Farrow embrace and relate to. We couldn’t be more excited to have found the ideal space in one of best shopping streets in the world, Melrose Place,” said Jablon.
Mixing materials such as cast concrete and rough plaster with more polished elements like onyx, brass, and peach suede, the space creates a mix of textures to provide a backdrop for the glasses, which are displayed within

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Pomellato Opens New Beverly Hills Boutique

Milanese jewelry house Pomellato has returned to Beverly Hills after a two-year absence with a new boutique at 214 North Rodeo Drive in the Two Rodeo Drive complex.
The flagship’s design blends California style with Pomellato’s Italian craftsmanship, unconventional luxury and contemporary style within its 1,700-square-foot space. The Los Angeles boutique reflects Pomellato’s new store concept, created by Dimore Studio. With its signature lacquered Montenapoleone red on the facade and the iconic band ring featured as a door handle, the store recalls midcentury classic architecture.
The house’s signature is “new precious” gemstones — unconventional colored gems that extend beyond the traditional classics. Established in 1967 in congruence with California’s Summer of Love as well as the women’s movement, Pomellato introduced the prêt-à- porter jewel concept for the independent woman. Pomellato’s iconic collections such as Montenapoleone, Iconic, Sabbia, M’Ama Non M’Ama and Nudo are all displayed in the store.
The interior is divided into three areas whose walls are embellished with a texture of gold chains and oval lines, repeated in the surrounding furnishings. Midway through the boutique, the signature graphic carpet lays on the floor as a warm and colorful reminder of the brand’s heritage.
Customers are invited to discover the jewelry through special

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Tokyo’s Coolest Boutique Is Hidden Behind a Love Hotel

TOKYO — Shinjuku red light district Kabukicho has not historically been at the crossroads of high fashion.
That reputation is now being tested. Located behind a love hotel is select shop The Four Eyed, which has set Charles Jeffrey, Y/Project and Martine Rose upon an area regarded for its swarm of hostess clubs and Yakuza enclaves.
Former Fruits magazine photographer Keisuke Fujita opened the boutique in 2016 with the aim to energize Tokyo’s fashion scene. Fujita and shop creative director Maiko Shibukawa hope to push the city’s aesthetic needle past its “stale” cutesy reputation and toward a new, thoughtful era.
“There are no places like this in the area — it’s kind of a weird location, but that’s what is good about it,” Shibukawa said. “We are really anti-kawaii [cute] style, we didn’t want to become one of the Harajuku stores. It’s one of our challenges — to change Tokyo’s mainstream fashion. It has always been about kawaii for the last 20 years of Tokyo fashion.”
Kabukicho’s cheap rents enable Shibukawa to select eclectic merchandise that is not particularly driven by sales. “I pick what I like,” she said. Shoppers can find a hodgepodge of vintage shoes, zines, Mauricio Stein sunglasses and Mimi Wade T-shirts

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Erica Tanov to Open First L.A. Boutique at The Row DTLA

Berkeley-based designer Erica Tanov will open her first Los Angeles boutique at The Row DTLA with regular hours starting next month. The 650-square-foot space, which will be open on Sundays starting this week, will feature an assortment of Tanov’s clothing, accessories and home goods, alongside a select group of independent designers and including Bay Area painter Emily Payne, Oregon ceramicist Notary Ceramics and furniture craftsman Russell Fong.
“It wasn’t on my radar to open a store in Los Angeles until Runyon Group approached me,” said Tanov of the shopping center developers behind Platform in Culver City. “When I saw that like-minded independent brands were also there, including Bay Area companies like Mission Workshop and Tartine, I was intrigued.”
Tanov said the “crumbling, industrial” vibe of the complex, the former American Apparel factories, which were built in 1918, appealed to her sensibility as well. “It was in some way very luxurious,” she said of the soaring ceilings with exposed beams and raw concrete floors. She added her own vintage fixtures and display cases and an enormous antique door she had in storage. Black powder-coated rolling racks completed the look.
Collaborations with California-based artists distinguish Tanov’s work, including fine art photographer Todd Hido, who produced

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Shops at Crystals Nabs Christian Louboutin Boutique

DESERT MIRAGE: The design idea for Christian Louboutin‘s third boutique in Las Vegas was to fashion an oasis in the middle of the desert.
The 1,442-square-foot store, located in The Shops at Crystals mall inside the Aria Resort & Casino, includes a reclaimed wood facade that underwent a bleaching and inking process to give it a black-and-white finish. Metal displays mimic those of garden gates and also help cordon off different sections of the store. Custom wallpaper and photographs also adorn the store’s interior that continue the abstract garden theme.
The boutique carries women’s and men’s footwear, handbags and small leather goods and joins other recent additions to the Shops at Crystals such as Céline and Audemars Piguet.
The mall, located on the Las Vegas strip, is home to a roster of luxury brands that also includes Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Saint Laurent.
Louboutin already has boutiques at the Grand Canal Shoppes and the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, also both located on the Strip.
The boutique opening at the Shops at Crystals follows the opening of a third Los Angeles Christian Louboutin at the Brentwood Country Mart in April.

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Paco Rabanne to Open Paris Boutique

PACO TIME: Paco Rabanne is coming to the Rue Cambon, the historic home of Chanel. Hoarding went up Wednesday at No. 12 on the famous Paris street, foreshadowing a return to retail for Rabanne more than a decade after its historic location on the Rue du Cherche-Midi went dark.
The target opening date and other details could not immediately be learned. The Puig-owned fashion house is being redeveloped under creative director Julien Dossena and executive Anouck Duranteau-Loeper.

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Conversations With Moshe, Founder of the Men’s Boutique Ari

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What does the ultimate shopping experience look and feel like? Maybe, being greeted by someone who can simply look at you and select pieces that fit you perfectly? Maybe, being offered a taste of an exclusive whiskey while you await pieces that are being pulled for you? Maybe, a full set of swatch books being laid out in front of you so that you can select materials and textures for your next shirt, jacket or even pair of shoes.

Well this is what you will experience when you walk in to Ari Soho, something custom and thoughtful.

Sitting with the founder of Ari, Moshe, I was able to get an exclusive look into a menswear shopping experience, something I think many women’s brands should take note of.

RM: What inspired you to start the brand?

Moshe: I was born in Israel, my mother was a custom tailor by trade. Growing up in a family where we didn’t have much money, everything I wore as a kid was custom made. This is where I got my love for clothes.

Then when I came to America at the age of 22 I started working at a couple of shops and at age 26 I opened my first shop. I use to carry all the major brands, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli but I realized I wanted to provide a different type of product for my customers. So I began to travel to Europe where I could research product and began working with small companies, no names, where it was solely about the product.

RM: How did the process change for you? What was the first thing you ever produced?

Moshe: The benefit of working with small companies is that you have an in to the process from start to finish. Most of the time things could be modified for my needs and my customer’s needs.

The first thing I ever produced was leather pants, 5 pocket leather jeans.

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RM: How would you describe the feel of Ari?

Moshe: I call it classic with a twist. There is some aggression to the look. You’re not looking like everybody. We focus on the silhouette and the way it fits a man who takes care of himself.

RM: What sets you apart from other brands?

Moshe: We try to offer a different experience when shopping. The staff is very knowledgeable. Men like simplicity and they like a good experience. They want to know that when they walk in a store you know their size and understand their fit. We also produce pieces that work well for our customer. We are known for a shop that has many buyable items. We have a lot of returning customers.

RM: When did you move your store to SoHo and what did that mean for the expansion of your brand?

Moshe: In 2001 we moved to SoHo. At that point we were only doing researched product. Name brands weren’t our focus anymore. We wanted to focus on giving someone the best for their money.

With the move we started to go into production. We started customizing for the shop with shirts and jackets. 5 years ago we started to do everything from A to Z. This included shoes, jeans, bags etc. We use the best materials, we stick to luxury because our customer deserves it. Everything we make is made in Italy. We produce in the same factories that produce for Hermes and other large brands. We are going to have 2 locations. We are now in the expansion stage. Its time for us grow.

RM: So you’ve been in business for 15 years, what has been the biggest lesson that you’ve learned in that time?

Moshe: Number 1, you’ve got to keep moving. If you’re not progressing you’re not growing. Number 2, don’t delay, don’t push it off. The reason you push it off is only because you really don’t want to do it.

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Moynat to Open Beijing Boutique

HAVE TRUNK, WILL TRAVEL: Parisian luxury leather goods maker Moynat is set to open its first store in mainland China later this year.
“We will open in Beijing before the end of October, in the Yintai Centre,” the brand’s chief executive officer Guillaume Davin revealed at an event at the label’s Paris store Wednesday evening.
The Chinese boutique will have a surface of around 1,000 square feet, he said.
The label currently has two stores in Paris, including its outpost at Le Bon Marché opened this spring, two in Hong Kong and one in London.
Next year should see the opening of a further two to four stores, Davin said.
“There are around 10 cities where we want to be before 2017.”
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Moynat to Open Beijing Boutique

HAVE TRUNK, WILL TRAVEL: Parisian luxury leather goods maker Moynat is set to open its first store in mainland China later this year.
“We will open in Beijing before the end of October, in the Yintai Centre,” the brand’s chief executive officer Guillaume Davin revealed at an event at the label’s Paris store Wednesday evening.
The Chinese boutique will have a surface of around 1,000 square feet, he said.
The label currently has two stores in Paris, including its outpost at Le Bon Marché opened this spring, two in Hong Kong and one in London.
Next year should see the opening of a further two to four stores, Davin said.
“There are around 10 cities where we want to be before 2017.”
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Cheap & Chic’s Evolution as Boutique Moschino

The rejuvenation of the Moschino brand is trickling down to the former Cheap & Chic label, which has been renamed Boutique Moschino.
To present a consistent message, Boutique Moschino is also being evolved. “This is a radical moment of change for Moschino,” Alessandro Varisco, chief executive officer of the brand, told WWD. “Franco Moschino was a communicator and Jeremy Scott recovered this attribute with the tools of the 2000s, which are viral, very strong and have great impact.” Varisco noted how Scott has improved the brand perception and targeted a younger consumer, “looking to the future.” Cheap & Chic, he said, had the staple Moschino ironic twist, “but had become dated.”
The change of the name telegraphs but is not limited to a customer that is younger, but also leads a busy working and personal life. “She is not as fashion addicted and irony remains key to Boutique Moschino, as well,” Varisco said. “This is an aspirational line but still reflects Franco’s mantra and his customer’s motto: I am what I am.”
Boutique Moschino is priced 30 to 40 percent below the signature line. Varisco said the company is dropping the men’s category of the brand and focusing on women’s.
The executive touted the

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Frockadvisor Launches Independent Boutique Event in London

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT: Frockadvisor, an app that is launching in the U.K. to connect shoppers to independent boutiques, is staging a Fashion Independents’ Day in London Thursday, to promote the city’s niche boutiques.
The event will see London bloggers, television presenters and journalists drive around London, with the aim of visiting as many independent boutiques as possible, and taking a selfie when they’re there. Of the eight personalities taking part — among them bloggers Susanna Lau of Style Bubble and Danielle Peazer of Idle Lane and television presenters Zoe Hardman and Vogue Williams — the person who trends the highest on social media channels over the day, using the hashtag #FIDAY,  will be named the winner. As for customers, they will be able to find out which local retailers are taking part in the event by downloading Frockadvisor’s app.
Caroline Rush, chief executive officer of the British Fashion Council, which is supporting the event, noted that independent retailers are often the “launch pads” for British design talent. “The support of campaigns likes Frockadvisor’s Fashion Independents’ Day shine the spotlight on the importance of the independent retail sector by driving awareness and sales for the businesses at the heart of its success,” she said.
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