with contributions from Kari Hamanaka
 on May 9, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Like most creative directors, Tomas Maier likes to set the stage for people to experience his brand. That was evident Friday, the first official day of business at Bottega Veneta’s Rodeo Drive “Maison,” the Kering-owned company’s second local architecture-specific, Maier-designed retail location in the world and the first in the U.S.

Seated on a dusty rose velvet sofa beneath a skylight shaded with white wooden slats, Maier looked at his spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection, its colors set off against the bleached oak walls, and sighed contentedly. “This is a wonderful spot. Now we have two destinations in town, with two different characters, and it shows our interest in California and the American market. It’s very important; our local clients have been here so long because Beverly Hills was the second store to open in the U.S., in the Seventies.”

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