Monday, July 16, 2007

Shopping Safari in L.A.

By Jamee Gregory

Fresh flowers and flags on the mantel at the Ivy.
What’s my favorite place to shop in Los Angeles? Why Robertson, of course. After a long, delicious lunch at the Ivy, the chicest restaurant in town, famous for its trendy customers as well as for its freshly grown vegetables and divine flower-filled décor, just turn left and march into Indigo.

Find the hand-painted dishes covered with flowers that just held your chopped salad, along with a slew of other light-hearted floral patterns, perfect for setting your summer table! Baskets, books, and bijoux vie for space with brightly colored and upholstered furniture.

Filled to the brim with glorious things for the home, as well as embroidered and painted caftans and tunics for you, this boutique is a breath of fresh California air! Treasures from all over the world, united by their fantastic colors and free-spirited charm, cry for attention. Bright, bold and imaginative are the passwords for this brave new world.
1. My sister, Michele Tucker admiring the furniture at Indigo 2. Corlorful tea cloths and Chinese hats 3. Inside Indigo 4. The entrance to Indigo, next to the ivy.
Crossing Robertson, my next stop is Tory Burch’s dazzling boutique, bursting with colorful, gold-buttoned polo’s, brightly printed terry-cloth tunics in zebra and giraffe patterns, a rainbow of Riva ballet slippers in bold hues, shimmering sequined sheaths, and a jeweled cuff that I couldn’t resist.
The facade of Tory Burch's store on Robertson.
Samantha and Peter Gregory patiently waiting on the couch at Tory's while friendly salespeople Lance and Shirin smile in front of a display of chic patent and lucite vinyl beach backs that fly out of the store.
Next stop, Kitson, the hippest shop of all, grabs you with its window. Inside, clothes are displayed in heaps and piles, along yellow walls, on shelves, and racks. Customers go wild, fighting for space in the fitting rooms. I fall for the newest, wide-legged jeans and a white track suit from Gwen Stefani’s “Lamb” collection, piped in red and navy braid.

The LA Waterworks has everything you need for the beach and bath, with striped and checkered tells in every shape and size.
Kitson's front window with its "Fresh Squeezed Dresses"; Kitson's displays of bath toys, luggage tags, hats and other gooodies.
My family grows restless as I make one last stop at Anya Hindmarch’s shop. A natural straw clutch with a delicate beaded yellow tassel has my name written all over it. “Just one more minute,” I plead as they make faces through the window. It’s hard sharing one car! I am literally dragged off Robertson, and driven moaning past Melrose Place. Next time I’ll spend all day on LA’s answer to Madison Avenue.
The window of Anya Hindmarch's shop and Anya's bags. I chose the one with the yellow beaded tassel!