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Gregory Westbrook (left) and Nicholas Fouquet of Venice’s Westbrook Maker
Kimberly McDonald boutique
The new Alexis document holder from Christian Louboutin
Best of the City
From Venice hatmakers and Rodeo Drive’s newest boutiques to Southern comfort food and a mecca for performing arts, here are L.A.’s brightest stars for 2013.
kpeters | Photo: Nick Walker and Donato Sardella | January 3, 2013
The Mad Hatters
Abbot Kinney is a treasure trove for the style set, but there’s more than meets the eye on this storied street that’s lately seen more than its share of new retail neighbors. Tucked inside a makeshift workshop in an underground parking garage, Gregory Westbrook and Nicholas Fouquet are reviving the lost art of making hats. The duo has formed Westbrook Maker, a line of handsome, handmade unisex pieces ranging from $300 to $900. Each topper is fashioned from American felts and furs and crafted to withstand daily wear and the slow march of time. “These will turn into heirloom pieces,” predicts Westbrook. “They will be handed down from generation to generation.” Good to know some things will stay the same on a street that seems to change daily. westbrookmaker.com
Rough Around the Edges
Local designer Kimberly McDonald’s first freestanding boutique is a one-stop-shop for her stunning, nature-inspired pieces, from her signature geodes, which graced the lobes of Michelle Obama at the DNC, to awe-inspiring, agate-based lamps and trays from her home décor line. 8590 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.854.0890, kimberlymcdonald.com
Painting the Town Red
At Christian Louboutin’s new West Hollywood men’s boutique, guys now have a place to stroke their souls with soles. The shoe designer’s latest address houses the season’s coveted Louis Junior low-top sneakers, small leather goods and a “Tattoo Parlor” where customers can have a design of their choice embroidered onto a pair of shoes. Here’s to making a lasting impression. 657 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.5700, us.christianlouboutin.com
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