Refresh your look this season with tips from three of LA’s savviest boutique managers.
BY AMELIA LUTON
French Lessons interior
MANAGER, FRENCH LESSONS
How did French Lessons choose Santa Monica for its first California locale?
We fell in love with the sexy, sophisticated style of the Santa Monica woman and the welcoming community. Montana Avenue seemed like the perfect location for our flagship store on the West Coast.
Who are a few of French Lessons’ favorite designers?
We love the uniqueness of Burning Torch, the Mediterranean flavor of Catherine Malandrino, the fun resort wear by Trina Turk and the great basics by Vince. And, of course, Nanette Lepore.
What makes the French Lessons shopping experience unique?
The owner, Gilda Tunney, gets much of her inspiration while spending time at her home in the South of France. The unique eye of our buyers paired with our knowledgeable staff creates a place where women of all ages find exactly what they’re looking for.
1327 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310-451-9090
MANAGER, OPENING CEREMONY
Tell me about your store on La Cienega.
Our Los Angeles shop is located in Charlie Chaplin’s former dance studio. We’re a specialty department store, and our recent expansion includes an accessories shop. Every year the store rotates its focus and features a different country, showcasing designers from that specific country.
What can our readers expect to find in Opening Ceremony this spring?
This spring we continue our “year of collaborations” by adding even more exciting partnerships. Most are still top secret, but one we can talk about is with French shoe designer Robert Clergerie. We’ve embraced the heritage of Clergerie’s shoes and updated them with our fabrics and details. Look for our first edition of Robert Clergerie for Opening Ceremony shoes, a line that features platform oxford espadrilles, this spring.
Do you have any styling tips for our readers?
Dress up every day!
451 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-652-1120; openingceremony.us
MANAGER, JIGSAW LONDON
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.