Star-Studded Shopping in Hollywood, California
In advance of the 2017 CREW Network Winter Leadership Summit (Feb. 9-10), the Queen of Retail, Faith Hope Consolo, offers her insider's look at the best shopping our host city has to offer.
Faith Hope Consolo
Faith Hope Consolo is chairman of the Retail Group for Douglas Elliman Real Estate, a member of CREW New York, and served on the CREW Network Board of Directors in 2014 and 2015.
Hooray for Hollywood; beautiful people, wonderful weather and superior shopping! Los Angeles is one of my favorite shopping destinations, with brands and style you can't find elsewhere, even in New York. Hollywood & Highland, Rodeo Drive, and Melrose Avenue all surround the CREW Network Leadership Summit's Loews Hollywood Hotel. Enjoy!
Hollywood & Highland Area
The perfect place to begin your shopping excursion is in the center of Hollywood – at Hollywood & Highland (6801 Hollywood Blvd) – the entertainment destination of Los Angeles. Hollywood & Highland is adjacent to Loews Hollywood Hotel, at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Some of the premier stores in Hollywood are located inside, with boutiques that range from Beauty -- L’Occitane, MAC and Sephora -- to Luxury -- Lucky Brand Jeans to Louis Vuitton -- and everything in between. This tourist mecca features over 60 top retailers, nine of L.A.’s finest restaurants, Grauman’s Chinese 6 Theatres, two popular nightclubs and Lucky Strike Lanes, a high tech and trendy bowling alley/nightclub. Stop by Kyle Chan Design, winner of the inaugural search for the Next Great Pop-up Contest at this shopping center. The rising LA jewelry designer recently won a free 850 square-foot pop-up shop on the first level. Known for his delicate designs and accessible price point, the store will be open from January 9 through February 17. Steeped in Hollywood history, this center is steps away from iconic landmarks including the Walk of Fame (6840 Hollywood Blvd) and TCL Chinese Theatre (6925 Hollywood Blvd) where movie stars' footprints are embedded in the cement of the courtyard.
Melrose Avenue between Fairfax Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard is more of a tourist destination than an actual shopping area, but you will still find plenty of shops along the famed avenue. Perfect for pedestrians, a stroll along Melrose will bring you to a mix of shops from hobo chic thrift shops to the upscale brands we love. High-end boutique Fred Segal (8100) is a staple of fashion in LA and no trip to California would be complete without stopping by. Across the street, the giant pink-hued façade belongs to Paul Smith (8221), the best in British tailoring. New to the avenue is Lululemon (8532), which recently celebrated with a grand opening. High-end t-shirt and lifestyle brand Cotton Citizen (8463) opened its first boutique in September. For a caffeine boost and tasty bites, be sure to visit Alfred Coffee and Kitchen (8428), a chic hot spot with a bright and artsy ambiance that serves Instagram-worthy cups.
Robertson Boulevard Shopping District is a two-block radius between Beverly Boulevard and West Third Street. This small area is a fashion and foodie haven. Visit Parisian retailer L’Eclaireur (450) for edgy luxury apparel and design goods. The founder of the now defunct famous store Kitson, has transformed the same location into Kitross (115) with a focus on carrying local designers. To dine with the stars, go around the paparazzi and cross the picket fence into The Ivy (113) for their spin on southern cuisine.
Located between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, the Beverly Center (8500 Beverly Blvd) will please even the most discerning shopper. The eight-story indoor shopping center is currently undergoing major renovations, scheduled for completion by the 2018 holiday season. The city’s top shopping center houses Bloomingdales as an anchor as well as stores by top designers. Shop Burberry, Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Tiffany and don’t forget to head to the mall’s rooftop terrace for an amazing view of Downtown and the Westside.
For many, Beverly Hills is synonymous with shopping, and with good reason. At the center of the city's "Golden Triangle" is the legendary, and my favorite, Rodeo Drive, a haven for anyone who has a passion for fashion. The biggest real estate news for the street famous for its flagships for European fashion houses, such as Prada (343 N. Rodeo) and Chanel (400 N. Rodeo), took place this summer when LVMH bought the legendary House of Bijan building (420 N. Rodeo). French heritage brand Goyard will also reportedly be moving into a space in the 400 block.
The Grove (189 The Grove Dr) shopping district exemplifies the full California experience, combining the sunshine and luxury shopping like no other. Next to the classic LA Farmers Market, The Grove is a beautiful indoor-outdoor complex with Nordstrom, NIKE The Grove, and Barney's New York, plus the Pacific Theatres 14-screen movie theater. Be sure to check out A Taste of What’s New, a pop-up near the fountain for chic accessories worth perusing. Grab a bite by Ladurée boutique and restaurant for a très chic French treat or eat at the cafe inside Nordstrom, delicious…
Adjacent to The Grove is The Original Farmers Market (6333 W.3rd St.), a destination for foodies showcasing ethnic cuisines, specialty food markets, prepared-food stalls, restaurants and shops.