War­dobe Build­ing Blocks

The top shops for those look­ing to spice up their work­place looks

Variety - - Contenders - BY LINDZI SCHARF

MAX MARA

The Ital­ian lux­ury la­bel re­mains a go-to for the exec set. Max Mara’s con­tem­po­rary pieces evoke a sense of time­less­ness and are made to be worn from the of­fice to evening drinks. Their sharp coats, skirts, and blouses re­tail for $425 (for a cot­ton top) to $6,690 (for a cash­mere coat) and are avail­able on Max­mara.com as well as at their Bev­erly Hills bou­tique, which is lo­cated at 451 N. Rodeo Drive. As long­time sup­port­ers of Women in Film Los An­ge­les, the brand’s ready-to-wear line is often fa­vored by guests who at­tend the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s an­nual Crys­tal + Lucy Awards. Stand­out pieces from their fall/win­ter 2018 col­lec­tion in­clude their Teddy Bear Icon Coat ($3,590), the Manuela Icon Coat ($2,950), and the 101801 Icon Coat ($3,890). The brand also sells bags, belts, jew­elry, and other ac­ces­sories.

COS

The Lon­don-based brand of­fers high-qual­ity wardrobe sta­ples at rea­son­able prices. Their min­i­mal­ist line of cloth­ing in­cludes a broad range of clas­sic de­signs for men and women in­clud­ing suits, jack­ets, and trousers as well as pen­cil skirts and blouses. Their pieces are func­tional and mod­ern, with their prices vary­ing from $19 for a t-shirt to $350 for a coat. Mean­while, COS is as con­ve­nient as it is af­ford­able as they have a num­ber of Los An­ge­les lo­ca­tions. Their new­est store re­cently opened at the West­field Cen­tury City Mall, lo­cated at 10250 Santa Mon­ica Boule­vard. They also have bou­tiques in Bev­erly Hills and down­town Los An­ge­les in ad­di­tion to the Bev­erly Cen­ter and cos­stores.com.

CARUSO’S PAL­ISADES VIL­LAGE

Lo­cated at 15225 Pal­isades Vil­lage Lane in Pa­cific Pal­isades, the 125,000 square-foot shop­ping des­ti­na­tion opened just last month with a splashy open­ing night party at­tended by Char­l­ize Theron and John Leg­end. The mas­sive out­door re­tail space in­cludes A.L.C., whose play­ful blaz­ers, jump­suits, and dresses re­tail for $350 (for a sweater) to $3,000 (for a coat). The prop­erty also in­cludes other beloved cloth­ing, hand­bag, footwear, and jew­elry brands in­clud­ing: Anine Bing, towne by el­y­se­walker, Paige Denim, Cuyana hand­bags, Jen­nifer Meyer jew­elry, Cyn­thia Row­ley, Rachel Zoe, Ta­mara Melon footwear, Car­bon38, and Zim­mer­mann.

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