Steve Martin once said in his movie, "L.A. Story," that Los Angeles is "A place of secrets...secret houses, lives, pleasures."
Well, Fred Segal Beauty in Santa Monica —a salon, retail store and day spa opened in 1992— is one of those "secret" addresses. For 15 years, it has enjoyed cult status among in-the-know locals as the beauty haven on the West Side. Now, it is getting some company.
In May, natural skin care spa Arcona Studio relocated from its Valley Village home near Studio City to a 2,600-square-foot space right across the street from Fred Segal Beauty.
"For a long time, so much of our [West Side] clientele has had to come to us," says Chanel Jenae, who joined Arcona in 1999 and has helmed the company with chief executive Kevin Anderson since its namesake, Arcona Devan, passed away in 2004. "We knew that we would find a good match here. We really love the energy and the openness to alternative movements [in Santa Monica]."
With a skin care philosophy based on natural actives sans petroleum-based compounds, Arcona's services include the $115 organic enzyme peel and an $85 signature facial contouring treatment.
Attracted by the area's low-key vibe, Byu-ti Hair Therapy owner Natasha Sunshine has chosen to open a 1,300- square-foot, 10-chair space on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica. Cuts range from $75 to $200, but the highlight of a visit is a $75 custom-blended reparative treatment that begins with a base conditioner for rectifying overprocessed strands.
"[Customers] want an environment where they feel that someone cares about them; where at the same time, they can get great service," says Sunshine.
Later this year, the power hairdressing duo and Wella creative directors Christopher and Sonya Dove are putting their stamp on Santa Monica with a new 2,300-square-foot salon on Main Street. Attracted by the area's comparatively slow-paced lifestyle, the Doves plan to "bring Beverly Hills to Santa Monica" with an open color bar.
"We are not ritzy Beverly Hills hairdresser types. We haven't got any pretension to us," explains Christopher Dove. "We just want to treat all our clients like celebrities." And by the way, all of these salons and spas are just a block or two from the beach, so bring your suit.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)