Shop: New LA Boutiques
By victoria namkung / PHOTOGRAPHS BY JACQUELYN ALLEN ( MONNALISA)
Gray Gallery Interior
Check out a crop of new stores with something for everyone.
LA fine jeweler Vram Minassian and top Paris-based interior designer Chahan Minassian (the two are cousins) have joined forces to create Gray Gallery, a concept gallery space showcasing a rotating selection of work from unique artists—Nancy Lorenz, Antoinette Faragallah, Peter Lane, Nathalie Pasqua—alongside vintage jewelry from Cartier, Fred Leighton and Van Cleef & Arpels. The sleek décor features gray eel-skin walls, an intricate glass chandelier designed by Pasqua and a ceramic relief wall covered with a special metallic glaze. “We only carry artists who we like and believe in,” says Minassian, whose own contemporary collection of sought-after pieces—including a 16.23-carat tsavorite garnet ring and 18k white-gold Gothic bracelet—are housed at Gray. 8751 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
MONNALISA AND L.O.L. KIDS
European fashions for pint-size fashion lovers are found at Monnalisa and L.O.L Kids. The two-in-one shop—outfitted with a pink chandelier and white quilted leather armoires—carries chic apparel, shoes and accessories for babies, toddlers, kids and tweens. “We allow your children to still look like children—but sophisticated,” says store manager Amber Wilson. Italian label Monnalisa boasts four collections for girls, while L.O.L Kids carries lines from Roberto Cavalli (the store’s only boys line), Sonia Rykiel and Simonetta. Snap up precious Monnalisa dresses with heart accents, or choose a navy dress with ruffles and a sequined bodice by Miss Grant. 338 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
|In Residence Interior|
Stylist Tracey Moulton and Rachel Salzman, a former store director for Madewell, have opened the men’s and women’s boutique In Residence. The 1,000-square-foot shop houses silk jumpers from Electric Feathers, Upstate’s bohemian raw-silk scarves, Nina Z clogs and herringbone belts from Ernest Alexander New York, among other items. “We wanted to have something for everyone, from the perfect basic tee to the incredibly luxe cocktail dress,” says Salzman of the boutique that’s kitted out with repurposed wood shelving and vintage furniture. 2051 Sawtelle Blvd., LA
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.