by Cadien Clark - 3347 Reviews - 62 List
Still ground zero for attention-starved celebs, the paparazzi who stalk them and the tourists who want to shop with them, LA's Robertson Boulevard is getting more corporate by the minute. Here's the scoop on some of the truly stellar boutiques (old and new), and the sceney restaurants worth the high price of admission.
Updated: July 15, 2010
Kitson. You may have heard of it? Aside from specializing in trends from tops to bottoms and every accessory in between, this paparazzi-plugged-in spot has mastered the art of popping up everywhere on every "star" looking for attention. Now that the city is full of links in its corpo chain, it should be said that you really can find anything here. Loads of perfumes like Creed, fun gifts and books and every trend you've wanted to get your hands on.
It would only be fair to call this longtime block inhabitant a grande dame if she didn't also look a bit goth. If you're one of those brides with a few francs to spare who doesn't want to fit in with the rest of the white poofballs, LH is your dream come true.
This English bag lady has her business on lock. From her endearingly original, and oft-imitated personalized bags ("Be a Bag") to her endless variations on evening clutches, soft leather shoulder bags, travel gear, bespoke purses, and everyday totes and accessories, her work is topnotch.
Think young and fresh at Nanette Lepore's ode to fun, fanciful looks for both her Hollywood following (Blake Lively, Frieda Pinto) and women of all ages who gravitate toward sexy clothes that look flirty instead of hard. For those needing more evidence of her twinkling aesthetic, check out the store's trademark oversized birdcage.
Before her ubiquitous logo flats were marching across America, this designer/socialite's inspired wares were cultivating a devoted following in New York and LA. In spite of her mass trendiness, Burch still has an instinct for killer heels and inventive tunics and eye-catching accessories--especially the gorgeous bags prominently displayed in the lounge area of her Robertson boutique.
This lady has good jeans. And genes. Paige was a denim fit model for years before she took her expertise to the streets. Everyone's always trying to wrangle themselves into hip britches without looking hippy--her Robertson outpost is the perfect place to start rounding 'em up.
Ted is a sensational bloke. His playful shop is one of the few on Robertson with fantastic designs that won't rid you of all your drinking money. Men in the market for wildly colorful blazers and solidly handsome shirts and pants, and women seeking well-cut dresses and tops in both fun prints and more staid colors are all in luck here. The friendly staff will even serve you a "Ted-tini" while you sort yourself out. Cheers!
Racks and racks of the latest in wearable fashion-forward designs cannot be wrong. Joie, Herve Leger, Elizabeth and James, Matthew Williamson, Yigal Azrouel .... This enormous white room feels like every sartorialist's dream closet. (Of course, in the dream, there are no pesky price tags.)
Not to be confused with Rodeo Drive's fully stocked flagship, this dramatically modern and calmly sophisticated space is a stone's throw from the insufferable crowds at The Ivy. Touting a rotating inventory of more experimental jewelry, clothes and accessories, this must-see shop also has what is arguably the loveliest side patio on the block.
You'd have to be made of wood not to respond to Sophie Albou's line of chic, whimsical wares and accessories for women, men and children. (Her glorious goods are carried by the likes of Anthropologie.) Robertson Boulevard is now home to the P & J flagship stateside, and from the special-edition Havaianas designed just for them to the fierce sunglasses, dresses, tops, skirts, pants, scarves, beauty products, the "little" collection for children, and all the other incredible bijoux, this gem is not to be missed.
Feeling depressed? Don't pop a pill. Hop into your car and head over to this awesomely cheerful shop. You'll know it by the golden tractor in the window, the hot pink hot pants, the striped hightop shoes, the underwear inscribed with notes, and even the more mellow, well-cut dresses and pants. These Norwegians know how to make people happy.
With a store on Robertson that has been coined the "nightclub" of shops for the young Hollywood set, A/X's clothes are youthful and sexy--halters, short shorts, mini-minis--without being too skimpy, and the prices are definitely more accessible than those designer blazers. There are also more modest dresses, tops and pants in the same dark palette.
Pants! A seriously great pair was nearly impossible to find in this city until A + O came along to Robertson Boulevard. Now there's a Cross Creek outlet, too, but this location is still HQ for Stacey Bendet's fabulous cuts, colors and styles of trousers. Her frocks, tops and accessories are all super-cool as well.
Not into the Ivy hub-bub? Looking for an endless menu of healthy options and tantalizing cocktails? Then buzz right across the street to Newsroom, where the food is reasonably priced, the Bloody Marys and watermelon margaritas are flowing, and you won't feel like you've been mugged when the bill comes. (Leave that for the shopping you'll do after a few drinks.)
Tucked away from the glossy stretch of Robertson Boulevard is this link in the popular local Chaya chain. Known for being something of a cougar den and a popular cocktail spot for more rockin' types, the clientele may surprise you, and the food is consistently good.
"Let's do lunch," you say? Well, this is where it all begins if that's your bag. Make a reservation on the crowded patio of this beyond-famous celluloid landmark, or risk sitting inside in the (very cute, actually) East Coast-cottage-style interior. Some of the fresh seafood salads and soups are tasty, but overall, this joint is not known for the food. Besides, that's not really why you're going anyway. If anything, try one of their potent gimlets and pretend you're famous.