Parisian boutique L’Eclaireur’s world of limited edition and one-of-a-kind art and home goods is to be unveiled Friday as the company expands to its first-ever door Stateside.
The company is calling the space, located within a Sixties French-style revival mansion in West Hollywood, its “residence of design.” Three floors comprise the building of carefully chosen pieces of art, a small collection of apparel and a top-floor private event space. The Robertson Boulevard boutique joins five other L’Eclaireurs, which are located in Paris where the company got its start in 1980 when it was founded by Martine and Armand Hadida on the first floor space of a gallery, where the two assembled a carefully considered edit of fashion and design goods.
The Robertson store is slightly different in its emphasis on limited-edition goods for the home and art, aimed at being part of what the couple’s daughter, Meryl Hadida Shabani, called the city’s evolution and transformation in design.
“It was originally going to be a mix of both [fashion and design],” said Hadida Shabani, who relocated to the U.S. in 2012 to be with her husband and about two years ago began planning the new boutique. “Here, we said, ‘Let’s focus more on design with a little bit of fashion and then it turned into ‘Let’s just make it a hint of fashion and really more of a design-based project’ because we felt it was more in the direction that L.A. was going with these museums and art galleries and also artists that are coming from different countries and moving to L.A.”
Hadida Shabani, while scouting for locations, often drove by the space, which was a mix of different businesses at one point — with a shoe store, a flower shop and therapist scattered throughout the floors — and was able to finally get the building when her husband went in with partners to purchase it.
The family stocked its Los Angeles boutique with pieces from a number of artists, many with whom they’ve had long-standing relationships. The boutique boasts a large selection of pieces from Italian design firm Fornasetti, ranging from small plates and other accessories to furniture. A portion of the Fornasetti collection resides on the first floor in an adjoining space separated by doors with large keyhole cut-outs mirroring the keyhole found on many Fornasetti pieces. Tables from Ado Chale decorate the first and second floors along with rainbow-colored metal sculptures by Arne Quinze and custom metal window frames by John-Paul Philippe that can also be replicated for a client’s home.
Leather jackets for men and women by Carol Christian Poell hang on the second level with more of his leather collection expected to be delivered to the boutique.
The third floor is meant to be a place for entertaining and events. A custom kitchen by French manufacturer No Name Kitchen sits there, along with an architectural lighting piece from Lindsey Adelman helping to anchor the floor.
As for whether the Hadidas would continue to expand in the U.S., Hadida Shabani’s response shows an openness to the possibility.
“Why not? It depends on this location as well, but what’s very important for us, whenever we open a business, is we physically need to be there,” she said. “We never made any partnership yet. People have been wanting to open L’Eclaireur throughout the world in all different kinds of countries but [we must] always keep my parents involved because they’re the essence of the business. So here it happened in L.A. because I was here. You never know, but we want to read the first page of the chapter here right now.”