Category Archives: Clothing: Men

Brand New At Prada

Check out what Lara Peterson just emailed to us from Prada’s Spring Collection on Rodeo Drive. We just love it when new stuff arrives…

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On The Fashion Pulse, American Rag

 

 

Getting Her Fill of Retail Therapy, 90210'a Shenae Grimes was Spotted Leaving the American Rag on La Brea

 

American Rag on La Brea is the epitome of a too-cool-for-school, one-stop-shop destination. The merchandise seems to be so cutting edge that it is hard to tell if the buyers have their fingers firmly on the pulse of Los Angeles, or if they are creating the pulse themselves. An entire rainy afternoon can be spent blissfully getting lost amongst the racks of sequined vintage, designer denim, and delightfully obscure high-end retail—we know from experience, as we stayed dry in this shopper’s haven when the rain came a-knocking this past week. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

The scope and breadth of the store’s merchandise is simultaneously stimulating and intimidating. Upon entry you are greeted with blasts of color and funky art, displayed against warm wood, all situated within a cool urban loft expose. The u-shaped shoe display is the central focus of the main store, with the women and men’s retail flanking the display, and their vintage collection bringing up the rear. If that was not enough to make one’s heart skip-a-beat, to the right is their “World Famous Denim Bar,” although no Irish coffee was found, the denim selection was a sight to behold in and of itself.

Mark Werts, the owner and founder of American Rag, claims the buyers are what separate his stores from the masses, and the denim bar clearly showcases their talent. Ranging from classic 501 Levi’s to J-Brand’s newest invention, “jeggings” (they look a lot better than they sound), your desire for all things denim can be fulfilled here, and then some. We were thrilled to see that our favorite skinny jeans from EVER made an appearance amongst other up and coming contemporary brands such as CORPUS, Kill City, and PRPS, all perfectly mixed in with the big hitters, such as Helmut Lang, Diesel, and Citizens of Humanity.

The price tag on American Rag’s selection of vintage ranges dramatically from thirty-dollar funk-a-dellic flannels to two hundred dollar army coats, steeped in history. Although you wont find those vintage Chanel ballet flats you’ve been searching for, as there is little label vintage, you will find reasonably priced thermals, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and some awesome neon-plaid bell-bottoms, if those happen to light your fire. If the neon-plaid bell-bottoms intimidate you, and perhaps rightfully so, American Rag’s retail is paces away and offers you classic options, updated to today’s urban cool-vibe that simply exudes from the store. The men’s selection is a must, as it proves there should be so much more to a man’s wardrobe than just sneakers and jeans.

The menswear buyer, James Hammonds, sums up the success of store with, “You come in to accentuate your own look, not buy into ours.” It seems like American Rag simply wants to makes the masses look cool, the coolest part being, they don’t want to dictate your wardrobe, but just re-vamp your already existing look.

We surprisingly worked up a sweat scouring the racks, but didn’t even need to open our umbrella to find some lemonade. Café Midi is tucked away in the back of American Rag’s home décor store, Maison-Midi, which is easily accessible from the main retail section.  We happily obliged when we saw banana bread on the menu— as we all know, it is our quintessential comfort food that tastes so much better when the weather is damp and dreary. Alas, they keep their recipe under lock and key.

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Have You EVER Wanted Anything More?

If a leather jacket is able to elicit drool from ones mouth, there is a good chance the brand behind aforementioned salivation is worth researching. These were our sentiments when we were browsing Barney’s CO-OP last fall and accidentally crossed paths with a perfectly distressed, hooded, grey leather jacket from Los Angeles based clothing brand, EVER. Since then our love for this brand has exponentially grown when we found they have a store on Melrose Avenue, with oh-so-many-more-to-die-for leather jackets, complimented by rich cashmere sweaters, easy-to-wear raw silk blouses, buttercup soft hoodies and tees, and the most comfortable skinny jeans this side of the Mississippi—all done in a beautifully muted color palate that reminds you of an overcast beach morning.

            The creative philosophy behind EVER stems from its creative director’s love of traveling with grace and comfort. The modern cuts of the pieces are paired with luxurious fabrics to create an urban street elegance that can take you anywhere. Our favorite thing about the collection is its ease and thoroughness; an entire travel wardrobe could be created from effortlessly mixing and matching the clothes at hand.

            As if it couldn’t get any better, upon entering the store on Melrose, the most pleasant sales staff greeted us. Not a drop of pretentious attitude was found in the two brunettes who happily explained the promotional sale on the hoodies and tees and begged us to try on their favorite pair of skinny jeans—and for good reason, as the lived-in-soft, distressed black, booty hugging jeans walked out with us from the store in one of EVER’s eco-friendly cotton bags, along with a perfectly draped raw silk blouse. We were relieved to find the extreme-low cut that is only flattering on pre-teens and models is absent in EVER’S denim as the higher cut of jeans allowed them to pass the “bend over and no crack is showing” rule. Paired together, the perfect outfit was created for a low-key weekend spent meeting the boyfriend’s family in Northern California. Yes, we really were able test drive the brand’s motto, and it passed with flying colors. With our newly acquired items neatly packed, it was relief to not stress about our wardrobe, instead directing our attention on gaining the family’s approval (the home-baked banana bread might have helped in that department). Did we mention both items were on sale?

The Melrose store features items from both the women’s and the men’s line, with an emphasis on their denim, leather, and trademark hoodies. We were definitely caught eyeing some of the men’s flannels to wear over our new favorite skinny jeans. A limited amount of accessories are scattered throughout the store, most enviably, men’s classic work boots in a delicious pebble cream. Alas, no women’s shoes as of yet, but we think EVER could produce a killer pair of everyday boots. Jack Spade (of Kate Spade fame) has also recently combined forces with EVER to produce a tote and duffle bag to perfectly accent the brand’s spirit of traveling.  The sale at their Melrose location is continuing for the next few weeks, until their spring line comes in. The spring line is supposedly accented with cute rompers for the women and done in an over-all lighter color palate.

On all of EVER’s items you find a small pin with the brand’s icon, a graphic tree which symbolizes the Asian proverb, “Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.EVER’s clothes may spur us to travel onward and upward, but we will be repeatedly coming back for more.

If all else fails when embarking on “meeting the parents” try this: It’s a proven success!

Grandma Jea’s Banana Bread Recipe
¾ cup margarine
1 ½ cup of sugar
1 ½ cup of ripe mashed bananas
2 well beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of buttermilk
Mix all ingredients, creaming margarine and sugar first. Bake for 60 minuets at 350º. 

EVER Los Angeles
8251 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 951-9701
www.ever-us.com
 
Mon- Sat: 11-7
Sun: 12-6
 
Leather Jackets: $700-900
Outerwear: $200-400
Denim: $200-300
Tee/blouses: $100-200
Sweaters: $200-300
written by  Veronica McCarthy

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Ron Herman – Los Angeles Hipster’s Paradise

Ron Herman Bev Hills Store Front

With four hot locations in the trendiest of areas, Ron Herman is the happening place for fashion hipsters in Los Angeles. Infamous for celebrity shoppers like Britney Spears, Jaime King, Lindsay Lohan, and Nicole Richie, Ron Herman is the “it” shopping location for Angelinos in the know. And what’s great about Ron Herman is that you walk out with a wardrobe that will make you look effortlessly fashionable, even with a status that is somewhat less than celebrity.

Ron Herman Bev Hills Interior Shot

Ron Herman carries everything from essential Free City sweats to Mike & Chris Leather Jackets to Steven Alan boyfriend tees to match your Current/Elliott boyfriend jeans. Other designers include Dries Van Noten, Rag and Bone, Elizabeth and James (which the Olsen twins co-design), Twenty8Twelve, and Alexander Wang. You can also find token pieces by Jill Stuart, Anna Sui, and Maison Martin Margiela. What’s more, Ron Herman does collaborations with a select number of designers where they exclusively design and sell pieces from your favorite labels that fit the aesthetic of a Ron Herman shopper.

 Ron Herman’s greatest asset is their wide selection—they sell clothing and accessories that range from street casual to evening gala. Included in this phenomenon is their Jeans Bar where they sell brands such as Paige Denim, Citizens of Humanity, Rich & Skinny, J Brand, Gold Sign, Earnest Sewn, and Ksubi. This kind of store really encapsulates how Angelinos dress: sweats and tees for a day of errands, jeans and jersey dresses for lunching, and silk crepe dresses with cashmere for evening.

 And right now, Ron Herman is having a 50% off sale at all 4 of their locations!  Shop away…

Ron Herman Sale

Ron Herman Beverly Hills
325 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210
310.550.0910
Mon – Sat: 10-6, Sun: 12-5
 
Ron Herman Melrose
8100 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles, California 90046

323.651.4129


Mon – Sat: 10-7. Sun: 12-6
 
Ron Herman Brentwood
11677 San Vicente Boulevard
Brentwood, California 90049
310.207.0927
Mon – Sat: 11-7, Sun: 12-5
 
Ron Herman Malibu
3900 Cross Creek Road
Malibu, California 90265
310.317.6705
Mon – Sat: 10-6, Sun: 12-5

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H. Lorenzo: Avant-Garde Couture

Celebrities like Eva Longoria, Sheryl Crow, and Rihanna flock to this boutique to scour the large collection of international designers with a fashion-forward edge. What’s more, H. Lorenzo has been selling his unique clothing selection to celebrities, royalty, and stylists for over 20 years. During this time, H. Lorenzo has established a reputation of carrying hard to find designers’ lines from all over the world. Roughly 90% of his lines do not come from America, with places like Japan, Belgium, London, Paris, South America, and India creating the most buzz.

Interior Shot

Interior Shot

Nicolette Human, buyer and manager of the women’s boutique on Sunset Blvd., prides herself in carrying new talent and distinctive lines that you can’t find anywhere else in California. Some of these designers include Comme des Garçons, Manish Arora, Haider Ackerman, Akiko Ogawa, Junya Watanabe, Toga, and Golem.  H. Lorenzo maintains their edgy, modern aesthetic by buying only 1 or 2 of each garment they sell and offering the public custom pieces from selected designers. One might say that it is H. Lorenzo’s passion for supporting young international designers who love the craft of fashion that has driven him to create such a Hollywood emblem.

Besides H. Lorenzo Women, Sunset strip also has H. Lorenzo Men and H. Lorenzo Shoes. H. Lorenzo also just recently launched H.N.L.R. on Robertson Blvd, which carries eco-friendly designers, a great deal of whom are Japanese.

Exterior Shot

Exterior Shot

For the next few weeks, H. Lorenzo is having a HUGE SALE! They have set aside a large portion of clothing in a tent in the back of the store with sales from 50-80% off! This is great for us recessionistas who might love the haute couture, but find the price tags a bit steep.

H. Lorenzo Women
8660 Sunset Boulevard (Sunset Plaza)
West Hollywood, CA 90069
310.659.1432

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Look Who’s Shopping At Kitson Men

It’s none other than The Hills star, Audrina Patridge, wearing the most adorable outfit for a day of shopping on Robertson Blvd.  Those sandals have us drooling over here at LAShoppingReviewstres chic!

Wonder Who She Was Shopping For At Kitson Men?

Wonder Who She Was Shopping For At Kitson Men?

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The Brentwood Country Mart – from Country Clubbers to Hippie Mothers

The Brentwood Country Mart is definitely a place to see and be seen! This is a popular spot for locals and celebrities alike to stop for some shop and nosh. The atmosphere evokes a mid-western barn, but the stores strictly speak Los Angeles high style. The Mart has a food courtyard with surrounding stores that sell everything from women’s, children’s, and men’s clothes to books, candy, and home furnishings.

Brentwood Country Mart

THE STORES:

The Brentwood Country Mart is one of the first of its kind to have a chic, preppy, yet casual, men’s boutique, called apartment number 9.

 For jewelry, there is Broken English and Pippa Small jewelry that both sell beautiful one-of-a-kind looks.

 For home and fragrance, we love Calypso Home for gorgeous, unique home furnishings and Marie Mason Apothecary where you can splurge on fragrances, bath, and more.

And probably the most exciting… for women’s clothing, we love Calypso, Post 26, and Jigsaw. Calypso boasts a mix of international accessories and supremely chic pieces from high end-fashion designers including the original designer, Calypso by Christiane Celle. Post26 provides a fun environment for eclectic clothing for every shopper from rockers to bohemians. London-based Jigsaw is a great store for anytime fashion—the weekend, the office, and the evening.

 The Brentwood Country Mart: 225 26th Street (corner of 26th and San Vicente), Santa Monica, CA 90402

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