FASH­ION VIC­TIM­LESS

FOR L.A. DE­SIGN DAR­LING ELIS­A­BETH WEINSTOC , STYLE IS ALL ABOUT SUB­STANCE.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY ROBYN YOUNG

For lo­cal de­sign dar­ling Elis­a­beth Weinstock, style is all about sub­stance.

Los An­ge­les-based hand­bag de­signer Elis­a­beth Weinstock is wield­ing her cre­ative pow­ers for the good of as­pir­ing artists. Since launch­ing her much-in­de­mand, ul­tra-chic ac­ces­sories and home wares line in 2011, the former in­te­rior de­signer has found a way to turn her tal­ent for cre­at­ing luxe goods into an op­por­tu­nity to help oth­ers.

Through a class she started with the South Cen­tral-based youth cen­ter A Place Called Home (apch.org), Weinstock, 49, has been men­tor­ing ado­les­cents who have fallen on hard times with drug ad­dic­tion or gang af­fil­i­a­tion. She now brings that men­tor­ship to the next level, shep­herd­ing a team of former ad­dicts and gang mem­bers to find in­spi­ra­tion through art—by cre­at­ing pieces for her epony­mous line. Weinstock even pays the as­pir­ing de­sign­ers hourly for their work and makes her­self avail­able as a ref­er­ence, en­cour­ag­ing her mentees to in­clude the ex­pe­ri­ence on their ré­sumés.

“We have an open-heart pol­icy over here,” says the Bev­erly Hills na­tive, who once strug­gled with ad­dic­tion her­self. “There’s so much raw tal­ent in the world. This op­por­tu­nity helps peo­ple get bet­ter… not just get by.” 8159 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-655-3000; elis­a­beth­we­in­stock.com

“THERE’S SO MUCH RAW TAL­ENT IN THE WORLD. THIS OP­POR­TU­NITY HELPS PEO­PLE GET BET­TER.”

—ELIS­A­BETH WEINSTOCK

The gang’s all here: From her Bev­erly Grove bou­tique (HERE AND BOT­TOM RIGHT), hand­bag de­signer Elis­a­beth Weinstock (IN­SET) men­tors former drug ad­dicts and gang mem­bers and uti­lizes their col­lab­o­ra­tive con­tri­bu­tions, such as this pen­i­tent ver­sion of...

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