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Marie Look, Riki Altman-Yee, Nicki Escudero, Amanda Savage, Marlene Srdic, Georgann Yara | Photo: Courtesy Images | July 7, 2014
Ready to spice up your summer? Here’s your guIde to what’s happening in and around Scottsdale in style, beauty, fitness, culture and beyond right now.
The men of Scottsdale will be even more dapper now, thanks to the impeccable style of men’s clothier Suitsupply. The first location in this market for the international label—founded in Amsterdam in 2000 by man of taste Fokke de Jong—has found a 5,600-square-foot home at high-end retail mecca Scottsdale Quarter. The just-opened store kicked off summer with a haute soiree that was attended by style-setters from both near and far away, including the nattily dressed de Jong himself. Oozing sophistication, the space features a private shopping room and in-store tailor, plus an outdoor terrace and complimentary espressos that make a wait for simple alterations hardly a bother. Managed by local retail vet Gina Louis, the store carries Suitsupply’s complete collection of suits, jackets, shirts, trousers, shoes and accessories; this summer, fashionable gents can expect looks made with lightweight linen and cotton, and shorts that are coolly casual while still passing for chic summerwear. Sounds like a brand that’s tailor-made for Scottsdale. 15257 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 602.338.9200
Joy Li’s designs at her eponymous Studio Joy Li make you do a double-take. The solidly colored tops, bottoms, dresses, coats and more—some with printed accents—are functional and at first impression, classic. But unexpected details like asymmetrical hemlines, sheer accents and sexy lace make every piece special. Li creates multifunctional pieces that offer the perfect transition from summer to fall, with comfy fundamental tanks and tunics to easily layer under other tops, jackets and wraps. To describe her designs, Li says, “Colors are sophisticated neutrals, and fabrics are lightweight, breathable, and incorporate stretch for comfort. Joy Li styles accommodate today’s modern woman’s lifestyle.” Indeed, soft fabrics make the garments perfect for ladies who will be just as comfortable in them jet-setting around the world as grabbing drinks with girlfriends. 7144 E. Stetson Drive, 480.970.1043
Arizona has more than the Grand Canyon to draw visitors from around the world; for the retail-obsessed, our shopping districts are additional wonders. Case in point: Scottsdale Fashion Square, which has been beckoning savvy fashionistas for more than 50 years. In fact, it will soon become even more of a behemoth, adding 140,000 square feet by spring 2015, including a new 14-screen state-of-the-art Harkins Theatre to replace Fashion Square 7, and the latest retailers to come onboard include Diane von Furstenberg, Crazy 8, Lorna Jane and Ivivva. Farther north, Scottsdale Quarter is adding more than 150,000 additional square feet of retail and office space with its latest undertaking, the Crescent Scottsdale Quarter project. Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road; Scottsdale Quarter, 15037 N. Scottsdale Road
Cathy Beach brings Los Angeles’ California cool to Scottsdale at her newly opened Pepper boutique, stocked with duds from LA designers like Flynn Skye, Show Me Your MuMu, Luv Aj and Whitney Eve, plus mainstays Free People and Alternative Apparel. On July 5—National Bikini Day—Pepper will throw an indoor pool party from 12 to 3pm. Receive a stylish gift with every $100 spent on Greenlee Swim apparel that day, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pearce Family Foundation to help families affected by cancer. There will also be nosh by Frank’s Food Truck and juice by Kaleidoscope. 7070 E. Indian School Road, 480.990.1385
In the House
Scottsdale’s La Maison Interiors has been receiving accolades left and right in recent months, including being named one of only four finalists across the nation in the furniture store category for the 2014 annual ARTS Awards. All the attention is pretty impressive given that co-founders Alan Reinken and Davinder Chawla opened La Maison’s doors just a few short years ago. But the nods certainly aren’t a surprise. Reinken, Chawla and their staff go above and beyond to hand-select furnishings from small factories all over the world to meet the exact needs of their clients. The results are beautiful homes with unique, one-of-a-kind touches in aesthetics ranging from old world to contemporary. And for those who like to change out details now and again, La Maison’s extensive collection of accessories and rugs will put you right at home. 15450 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480.948.1144
TOP FIVE: Local Men’s Clothiers
1. The Clotherie Greg Eveloff’s team has had time to figure out what clients want, as the store celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. Slim, ’60s-inspired slacks are expected to have a moment this fall, and this go-to shop can no doubt help men make the style their own.
2. High Point NFL star Adrian Wilson’s boutique is for those focused on the latest trends in athletic-inspired men’s fashion. The clientele skews young, but the shop’s footwear and apparel brands (Nike, Jordan, Vans, Mosley Tribes, G-Shock and Nixon) have swagger that appeals to all ages.
3. Industrie Denim Find clothing, denim and accessories by Comme Des Garcons, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, Rag & Bone and others. Shades of orange, deep green, and black and white will be red-hot this fall, and Industrie is sure to be on fire, sartorially speaking.
4. Lawless Denim Roman Acevedo’s team can handcraft a fully custom pair of premium-denim jeans to your exact specifications: buttons, stitching, colors, everything. They’re even guaranteed for life. Did you see all the asymmetrical zippers on the New York runways? We just know Lawless can do something fun with that.
5. Nelson Wade The English Savile Row-inspired shop specializes in men’s custom fashions: shirts, suits, blazers, pants and silk ties. While last year saw an uptick in blue formalwear for men, brown will be on the rise this fall. Better get Nelson Wade on a coffee-colored smoking jacket, stat.