With European fashion houses and cult brands moving in, it just might



PALISADES VILLAGE is the newest landing spot for luxury shopping.

Style-savvy westsiders no longer have to cross the 405 for retail therapy. With a procession of high-fashion heavyweights opening up shop in Rick Caruso’s Palisades Village this fall, the million-dollar question now becomes: Could this manicured enclave on the edge of the Pacific really be the next Melrose Place — or, dare we suggest, Beverly Hills 2.0?

Consider the recent (or imminent) arrivals of posh European houses like Saint Laurent, which is taking prime position on the corner of Sunset Boulevard to showcase its fall runway collections, along with more casual beach-ready looks for a day at the nearby Jonathan Club or Bel Air Bay Club. French designer Isabel Marant follows suit with her second L.A. outpost, a sunny yellow cottage-like boutique inspired by the 1970s French experimental movement. Here, ruffled and smocked floral-printed dresses and tops seem equally well suited for a spin on a Vespa in Paris or in a posh westside car line. Swedish minimalist line Totême, the brainchild of street-style blogger turned international style icon Elin Kling and her husband, Karl Lindman, decided on the clifftop locale for their first West Coast brick-and-mortar, eschewing more predictable landing grounds. Nearby, French swimwear stalwart Eres has bowed with racks of colorful resort looks in a tony space adorned with Zellige tiles and warm wood. Venice Beach–based luxury eyewear brand Jacques Marie Mage has arrived with his rare and collectible Japanese-made frames, which have been made famous by the likes of Austin Butler.

The well-heeled newcomers follow in the footsteps of neighbors like Brunello Cucinelli, Jen Meyer, and Elyse Walker, who may be considered the OG pioneer of the luxury Palisades retail scene. It was only a matter of time before this neighborhood drew more attention from the international fashion world. 15225 Palisades Village Ln., Pacific Palisades.

Feature image: Photography by WONHO LEE.

This story originally appeared in the Fall 2023 issue of C Magazine.

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