When it comes to high-end shopping, Melrose Place has long held serious sway over the city’s most style-conscious shoppers. A handful of classic boutiques mixed in with a sprinkling of newcomers continue to earn this shopping destination a growing fan base.
At newly debuted Violet Grey (1), beauty buffs can score the industry’s most beloved products, including La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask and Tom Ford Lip Shades—all with the stamp of approval from in-the-know Hollywood makeup artists.
Just steps away, Elodie K. (2) boutique lures fashionistas with its exclusive offering of Aperlai heels and print-splashed Poupette St. Barth beach essentials, as well as founder Elodie Khayat’s fine-jewelry line.
The spot is just steps from The Row’s (3) first flagship store, home to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s line. Centered around a swimming pool-filled courtyard, this mid-century modern space brims not only with the latest from the duo’s sleek ready-to-wear, handbags and accessories (as well as a selection of Manolo Blahniks), but also art and furniture from the likes of JF Chen and Galerie Half.
Francophiles should make a beeline for Isabel Marant (4), where Hollywood It Girls can be found perusing the latest from the brand’s tomboy-influenced basics—think oversized trousers paired with ankle boots.
The boutique also rubs shoulders with fellow Parisian brand A.P.C. (5), which recently decamped from Croft Avenue for a new, flashier home on the tony street. Expect plenty of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories (jewelry, hats, ties), plus quilts, cushions and room sprays to re-create the Parisian-chic-meets-desert vibe at home.
And brides-to-be shouldn’t miss the flagship of Los Angeles-based Monique Lhuillier (6), who has made her mark on aisle style with her romantic bridal gowns and signature colored sashes. No wedding in the foreseeable future? No problem. The boutique is also home to Lhuillier’s ready-to-wear collection and a smattering of tabletop goods and fine jewelry.
Adapted from “Shop the Block” by Lesley McKenzie in the Sept. 2014 issue of Where Los Angeles magazine.