BEST CUSTOM SHOES
George Esquivel (Beverly Grove) The SoCal-based designer’s footwear is made by artisans from the finest materials. Collaborations are a strong point—he’s come up with unique designs for The Beverly Hills Hotel and has a new exclusive with Barneys New York—as are custom creations for both men and women.
BEST CUSTOM HATS
Gladys Tamez Millinery (DTLA) Every Tamez topper is made by hand in her Arts District studio, including Lady Gaga’s famous pink fedora that made the cover of Joanne. 2019 welcomes a new men’s collection along with English tweed caps and vinyl berets.
BEST BESPOKE SUITS
Balani Custom Clothiers (West Hollywood) Head to the heritage menswear spot’s Sunset Plaza boutique for incredible customer service, and exquisite suits and tuxedos made perfectly for you.
BEST DESIGN-MINDED DEPARTMENT STORE
Dover Street Market (DTLA) Rei Kawakubo’s cutting-edge department store is a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind exclusives with brands like Gucci, and is as much a shopping destination as it is an homage to inspiring design and immersive art installations.
BEST VINTAGE COUTURE
Happy Isles (Hollywood) In addition to bridal gowns and accessories, this by-appointment Sunset Boulevard salon—which recently added home items to its repertoire—is filled with vintage treasures by the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Alaia and more.
BEST RED-CARPET RESOURCE
Albright Fashion Library (BeverlyHills) Besides the stunning hilltop location, the best part of Irene Albright’s unrivaled, rentable collection of gowns and accessories is that the luxe eveningwear won’t crowd your closest.
BEST ONE-OF-A-KIND JEWELRY
Irene Neuwirth (Melrose Place.) Bold, whimsical, colorful and artistic, each piece of Irene Neuwirth’s jewelry is gorgeous enough to stand alone as a sculptural treasure. But luckily for us, it’s meant to be worn. Stars like Busy Philipps, Maya Rudolph and Julia Roberts have all donned Neuwirth’s pieces to various high-profile events, yet the unique creations possess a laid-back luxury that works during the day too. The designer, who lives in a sunny art-filled home on the Venice canals, is always adding new pieces to her repertoire, including ones exclusively available on her website, which recently launched e-commerce. But a trip to Neuwith’s gorgeous, Commune-designed shop on Melrose Place is always a good idea. Get inspired by the apartment-style space—you’ll want to redo your kitchen, stat—and ask to see the bathroom in the back. Even that sparkles.
Gina Mari (Beverly Hills) Known for her warm personality and results-driven, customized treatments, Mari’s facials combine a hands-on approach with the newest technology. Hers was one of the first offices in town to have a Lightwave Envy Light Capsule; it offers full-body light therapy in quick, effective sessions.
BEST PLASTIC SURGEON
Dr. Raj Kanodia (Beverly Hills) Many of the city’s A-listers have seen Dr. Kanodia for their transformations, but you’d never guess that they had work done. He specializes in rhinoplasty (he’s performed more than 9,000 nose jobs) and is known as a master of facial rejuvenation.
BEST NEIGHBORHOOD SKINCARE CENTER
DMH Aesthetics (Larchmont) Tucked away on the southern end of Larchmont Boulevard, this low-key spot offers cutting-edge treatments like Emsculpt in a pretty, comfortable space. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs and Netflix, so the time spent hooked up the CoolSculpting machine flies by.
BEST DOCTOR-DRIVEN SKINCARE
Beverly Hills MD Dr. John Layke and Dr. Payman Danielpour, co-founders of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group, incorporate revolutionary, nonirritating ingredients into their anti-aging skincare line. The Brighten + Tighten Restorative Facial Oil is a fast-absorbing, nongreasy formula that provides a visible lifting effect.
BEST JAPANESE SPA
Tomoko (Beverly Hills) Beyond the blissful massages and serene environment, Tomoko excels in little extras that add up to an unforgettable experience. The Couple Massage includes a detox foot soak, a soothing wooden bath, multiple tea-and-snack moments, Sugarfish sushi and Japanese desserts.
Tracey Cunningham (Beverly Hills) She’s worked with the biggest names out there—J-Lo and the Kardashians included—and is known for her ability to beautifully transform or enchance locks without damaging effects.
Anh Co Tran (Beverly Hills) He’s sculpted the tresses of A-listers like Julianne Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow, but anyone who sits in Tran’s chair gets the star treatment. The master of lived-in hair specializes in incredible texture and cuts that grow out seamlessly.
BEST SMOOTHING SPECIALIST
Tania Whittier (Beverly Hills) Whittier is a go-to for those wanting to tame curls and frizz without harsh chemicals.
BEST EYEBROW ARTIST
Jimena Garcia The L.A.-based brow guru is a true artist who tames and enhances arches based on each client’s features and face shape, not trends.
BEST NICHE PERFUMES
Scent Bar (Beverly Grove and DTLA) Expect a delightful range of niche perfumes, along with some of the best customer service in all of the city.