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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 only wear one piece of jewelry—a Pablo Picasso-designed pendant—and a Rolex Daytona antique watch. I don’t like a man who wears too much jewelry; it’s definitely a turnoff.”

Vintage Rolex Daytona, $30,500, at Wanna Buy a Watch, West Hollywood

“I have daydreams about getting a head cold and being able to stay home from work, wrapped up in a Frette throw on the couch with my dogs and cats.”

Cashmere throw, from $595, at Frette, Beverly Hills

“John Derian’s decoupage image of a man’s head is so obscure, not too pretty, and a little odd and off-kilter.”

John Derian “In Good Health” wall hanging, $1,210, at Ige, Los Angeles

“Someone told me that I had to do it, so I use Kiehl’s face moisturizer every day.”

Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment for Men, from $25, at Kiehl’s, The Grove

“I’m a big fan of Brunello Cucinelli. I think I own half of what they’re making at this point.”

One-and-a-half breasted linen, wool and silk blazer, $2,760, at Brunello Cucinelli, Beverly Hills

“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