Enhance Your Wardrobe at these West Coast outlets
International visitors seeking some Hollywood glitz and glamour can unlock their inner celebrity with a visit to Southern California’s many luxury shopping destinations.
Abbot Kinney Boulevard, renamed in 1990 for the man who created Venice Beach’s famous canals, is a mile-long strip of hip boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. Your group won’t find the usual outlet stores here—instead there are coffee shops, bookstores and art studios that evoke Venice’s bohemian spirit and surf culture. Local favorite Bazar sells vintage European wares like Santa Maria Novella apothecary products and Laguiole knives, while Huset offers minimalist, Swedish-inspired houseware and knick-knacks. Luxury women’s designer brands can be found at Heist, which stocks Golden Goose riding boots, Henry Cuir distressed leather weekender bags and Raquel Allegra knits.
A more traditional shopping experience awaits along the Pacific Coast at Santa Monica Place, a luxury outlet that’s steps from the city’s famous pier. Internationally renowned brands such as Michael Kors, Coach and Hugo Boss all have outlets in this modernist space that spreads across three stories. Visitors can take advantage of the full-service concierge lounge, where you can drop off your purchases and have them delivered to a partner hotel while you spend a relaxing evening along the Third Street Promenade.
A recent billion-dollar modernization has transformed Westfield Century City into one of the largest shopping centers in California. Over 200 shops and restaurants are spread across 1.3 million square feet, and flagship stores include Nordstrom’s, Macy’s and a completely remodeled three-level Bloomingdale’s. Luxury brand enthusiasts can browse at Zara and Kate Spade New York, and you can find the latest beauty products at L’Occitane en Provence and Saje Natural Wellness. Diverse dining options include Sugar Factory (a Candyland-themed brasserie that specializes in over-the-top desserts and candy-infused cocktails), Bibigo Kitchen (a new small-plates Korean bistro) and the West Coast’s first Eataly. Personal shoppers are available for an hourly fee at the new Kelly Wearstler-designed Style Suite, and Westfield Century City partners with nearby hotels to coordinate personal concierge service and a VIP meet-and-greet.
The Beverly Center is Los Angeles’ single largest collection of retailers. The center features an unparalleled lineup of luxury designers such as Prada, Fendi and Louis Vuitton, and your group can watch a Hollywood film in the complex’s famous 14-screen movie theater. Guests are encouraged to use the refreshed VIP lounge for tailoring services, styling suites and concierge access. On-property fine dining includes Angler (a seafood haven with an extensive raw bar), Farmhouse (which specializes in “seed-to-table” dishes) and Absteak (a modern Korean steakhouse).