LOST BOY

BRI­TISH BANK­ING HEIR DAVID DE ROTH­SCHILD’S NEW VENICE-BASED SHOP CON­JURES THE CU­RI­OUS AND THE COOL.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY KATHRYN ROMEYN

Bank­ing heir David de Roth­schild’s new Venice-based shop con­jures the cu­ri­ous and the cool.

You’d think some­one whose fam­ily legacy is a multi-bil­lion­dol­lar bank­ing busi­ness would be a bit… cal­cu­lated. But ac­tu­ally, says David de Roth­schild, the Venice-based ad­ven­turer, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist, and ac­tivist be­hind fash­ion/ life­style la­bel The Lost Ex­plorer, “There is not a mas­ter plan be­yond mak­ing sure [the Lost Ex­plorer col­lec­tion] is a re­flec­tion of our col­lec­tive tastes. We fol­low the sim­ple prin­ci­ple of [pro­duc­ing] what we would like to see, wear, and use.” For spring, that means men’s ap­parel (think salmon-, khaki- and pis­ta­chio-hued jack­ets, trousers, work shirts, and tees), all-pur­pose bags, well­ness tea and balms, and a brand-new mez­cal. Claro. De Roth­schild says drink­ing the trend­ing li­ba­tion “is like sit­ting down to a meal with your clos­est, old­est friends. It makes you want to laugh, cry, and share more than you should. I like to drink it by the bot­tle, slowly, then re­peat.”

The Venice work­shop just opened to the pub­lic, so shop­pers can ex­pe­ri­ence the cut­ting-edge goods—and maybe meet the sexy 38-year-old jet set­ter/glo­be­trot­ter him­self. “I’ve al­ways pre­scribed to the con­cept that in life you’re re­mem­bered for what you do, not what you’re called or where you come from,” says de Roth­schild. To that end, “It’s easy to take the well-trod­den path. Get lost with me!” Any­time. 208 West­min­ster Ave., Venice; th­elost­ex­plorer.com

Scion of the times: David de Roth­schild (TOP LEFT) es­pouses travel, cu­rios­ity, and aban­don, a life ap­proach that in­forms his Venice-based com­pany’s wares (CLOCK­WISE FROM HERE): The Lost Ex­plorer mez­cal; the Moun­tain Col­lec­tion; a hibis­cus-dyed cot­ton suit shot in the Huntington mu­seum’sDesert Gar­den.

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