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Third Time’s A Charm

With the opening of his third L.A. boutique, jewelry designer Alexis Bittar brings a wave of showstopping style to the Malibu Lumber Yard.
 

Jewelry designer Alexis Bittar’s newest boutique resides at the Malibu Lumber Yard.

“I guess I was very much an entrepreneur at the beginning,” says Brooklyn-born Alexis Bittar of his 10-year-old self. “I would take pictures from 1920s books, put them in little antique frames, then sell them on the street.” This childhood hobby kickstarted a lifetime of curation and creation for Bittar. Over the next 15 years, he went from hawking vintage clothing and jewelry on St. Marks Street in New York City’s East Village to designing his first jewelry line—immediately picked up by Barneys New York and Saks—at age 22. The two collections he introduced then—Elements, a delicate, nature-inspired line adorned with clusters of colorful gems; and Lucite, filled with vibrant, sculptural pieces that seem to glow—are still among Bittar’s offerings, along with Miss Havisham and the recently launched Fine jewelry collection. All created with certain types of women in mind, two stand out as West Coast-specific. “Elements is definitely earthy; I see it for a more California girl,” Bittar explains, while Fine “has both the edge and subtlety in terms of layering­, which is a perfect fit for L.A.” With four stores set to open this year and five in 2015, this designer has no plans to slow down. As for his next chapter? “We’ll be launching a handbag line at the end of next year,” he says. Bittar is keeping mum on the details, but openly shared what items are currently topping his must-have list. 3939 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, 310.456.1979