Golden Triangle Holiday Shopping Guide
It’s no secret that Beverly Hills is world-renown for luxury goods and shopping - The Neiman Marcus Christmas book aside. The few blocks of Rodeo Drive hold some of the most enviable merchandise from Chanel to Cartier, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, but what about the smaller boutiques that make up the fabric of the city's side streets?
Here are fifteen not-to-miss unique finds when you’re mapping out a weekend of shopping and holiday exploration bliss in the Golden Triangle area and beyond.
by guest author, Carole Dixon
What Goes Around Comes Around
What might look like a consignment store at first glance, is actually a treasure trove of coveted high-end fashion items from around the world that are hand-picked and curated from a group of private collectors and auctions.
So, if you don’t want to splurge right now for a Chanel suit or Hermes Birkin investment bag, for a gift or a present for yourself (no one is judging,) What Goes Around Comes Around is a good place to start your hunt for a recycled version from a previous owner.
What should you be looking for? The go-to for collectible fashion accessories, Chanel and Hermes bags are always a good investment. “We have actually quadrupled our inventory of really hard to get pieces,” said director of retail sales and development Julian Guevara. “We have colors and fabric selections going back 40 years.” Plan on spending at least a few hours here.
Renowned French perfume house Henry Jacques has a museum-worthy boutique at the end of Two Rodeo Drive. The brand embraces the concept of building a fragrance wardrobe from 50 signature scents. The stunning shop now offers Boites which are elegant boxes with multiple chambers to hold different numbers of perfume flacons. The custom boxes are made in France of wood, fabric and lacquer and are free when clients purchase the bottles of fragrance. Also new, three of the most popular fragrances are now available as splash-sprays, or Les Brumes. The scents are Cuba (a limited edition available only at the Beverly Hills boutique), Fabien Absolute, and Merveilleuse.
A Beverly Hills institution for tabletop, home gifts, watches and jewelry, plus they still do an old-school gift registry for any life event worth toasting from birthday to bridal. The downstairs at GEARYS is primarily jewelry with some candles and diffusers in the back but head upstairs if you are seeking a set of Versace china or a Baccarat vase. For a fun holiday party item, the sterling silver cocktail shaker from Christofle (who also has a boutique nearby) is a winner.
Probably the most ‘feel good’ spot on Beverly Drive, a visit to this nostalgic-style toy emporium will have you searching for your favorite childhood board games in no time. Owner Ted Frankel opened Tom’s Toys almost a quarter of a century ago and makes sure that the goods span from infants to teenagers. So, what’s the hot toy these days? While puzzles have been flying off the shelves since the pandemic, it’s hands down a good-old-fashioned LEGO set, but these sets are far from basic. They include a grand piano that plays music once it’s built, several of the StarWars collection and botanicals which operate as a vase once you figure out all the pieces.
Everyone needs a little beauty pick-me-up, especially when out on the road. This petit boutique on Brighton Way carries many of the major European beauty brands and accoutrements for hair, skin and nails, plus, you will have a great shot at spotting celebrities and cast members from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills picking up a few necessities for themselves. In an interesting twist, they also carry great selection of socks and candles which make great stocking stuffers.
Anto Beverly Hills
Specializing in bespoke shirts, Anto is a family-owned business since 1955. Brothers Jack and Ken Sepetjian, took over the business from their father Anto, and have been involved in the day-to-day for 37 years. What is so special about this type of old-world craftsmanship, is they can recreate a one-of-a-kind shirt just for you from anytime period or style from the vault of patterns going back decades. Customers have included Frank Sinatra to Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen DeGeneres to Jane Fonda. Plan ahead as it can take four to six weeks for your shirts to be made, but if you’re lucky, and they have your pattern and fabric in-house, it might only take one week as they make everything on-site. Be sure to set up a private appointment or walk-ins on Saturday to find your perfect shirt.
Keith and James
To match your custom Anto shirt, how about a stand-out hat? New to the area, Keith and James are bringing back the lost art of a gentleman milliner, using classic lines and silhouettes with modern fabrics and patterns to create cool fedoras. They specialize in the “King” style in passion purple straw to the “Queen” in hot pink or tiger orange – these chapeaus are a showstopper, but you can also find derby versions, bucket and western styles among others.
This shop is for the Urban Cowboy in all of us. If you like leather goods with a western flair, WEST is your spot for belt buckles, boots, bags and even knives. This is also a great place for an unusual skull key chain, silver spur money clip or bejeweled bolo-tie gift. But it’s not all mid-western wear, the owner, James Anderton, travels to Milan twice a year to visit small niche, high-end leather production houses to source the hand-made, custom creations such as boots. He even carries the rare French brand Sartore (which Barney’s used to stock, RIP.)
The Beverly Hills Bikini Shop
Since we are blessed with great weather even in the winter months, and there are plenty of swimming pools in Beverly Hills, this bikini heaven is not a seasonal boutique. Privately owned by Patricia Illing since 1968, look here for cool local brands and popular finds from Frankies Bikinis, L Space, Bond-eye from Australia, Miracle Suits, and Vitamin A Swimwear among others.
And, they sell much more than the name implies: cover-ups, sportswear, hats, beach bags, towels, body scrubs, hair accessories and Bask vegan, environmentally-friendly sunscreen that the surfers love, along with face masks made out of swimwear fabrics that dry quickly. You can even score a cozy knit beach sweater and a “beach read of the month” for those long days curled up at the shore with an engrossing tome. One can dare to dream.
You need to be in the know for this one. XIV Karat looks like an unassuming office building on South Beverly Drive, but take the elevator upstairs to the second floor that lets you out into a treasure trove of bling. This is where the real residences of the city shop for a deal on gold and diamond jewels and everything is wholesale - from delicate layering necklaces to giant hoop earrings and engagement rings worthy of an A-lister, it’s all here in one glorious room.
260 Sample Sale
Yes, it’s true, you can get great deals on quality clothing and merchandise in Beverly Hills at 260 Sample Sale. Another top spot that is a major find for bargains of top brands is right in the heart of Cañon Drive. Think Marc Jacobs to Alice & Olivia and Rebecca Minkoff to name a few. This one room is where you will find racks and tables teeming with clothing, shoes, accessories and even home goods like NEST for a fraction of the price. The brands change weekly so you need to sign-up on their website for notifications, follow them on Instagram or just keep checking on the website. It will be worth your time.
A sweet treat is always welcome anytime of year and to see a red box from this family-owned chocolate factory is akin (in the foodie world) to getting a blue box from Tiffany. For the past 76 years, Edelweiss Chocolates has crafted their premium confections and handmade chocolates in their factory in Beverly Hills. A local tradition since 1942, everything is made in-house from toffee to truffles. And, for I Love Lucy buffs, the factory was the inspiration for Lucy and Ethel’s famous scene working on the chocolate conveyor belt. Beware, just like the hustle on the famous show, they move quickly and things tend to disappear fast. One in particular is the two-layer peppermint bars with dark and white chocolate, sprinkled with crushed candy canes. Also plan ahead if you want to buy any of the hollow molded chocolate Santas or snowmen. You’ve been warned.
The sign on the window says it all: best gift shop ever. Indeed, Tesoro has a little bit of everything. From backgammon games to coffee table books, vases, decanters, unique cards - and even cuddly stuffed animals, this is the place to find something unique for that special someone. Tesoro is also a goldmine for home treasures curated by global traveler and owner Tara Riceberg, whose mother (who originally owned the store in another location in Beverly Hills), taught her to “fill your home with necessary luxuries and objects designed to enhance your life quality.” Words to live by.
If you’re in the market for a bespoke sport jacket or suit, Carroll Custom, an offshoot of Carrol & Company which resided in Beverly Hills for 70 years but closed last year and is now located at the entrance of the charming Courtyard building on Cañon Drive, will work with you personally to find the right type of clothing for your lifestyle and body type. Next, the fabrics are chosen from very distinguished manufactures in Europe (Loro Piana and Holland & Sherry, to name few) for weight and wearability. Every detail is considered from the buttons to pockets, linings and should you dare – a personal monogram. By the time the process is over, no one will have the same piece of clothing but you. Plan on a 4-5 week turn-around on a custom order but if you need something quicker, they do have shirts and knitwear.
Paris-born, Danish jewelry designer Anne Sisteron’s original creations have been inspired by a life traveling around the globe. Sisteron is also a Graduate Gemologist and GIA Diamond Grader which has aided in her vision of a timeless, luxury collection in all price points. Bestsellers include the diamond compass charm along with her mix of 14 karat gold and turquoise for necklaces, earrings and charms which make unique gifts or a keepsake from Beverly Hills.
About the Author
Carole Dixon’s international career in film, television and publishing has spanned over several continents but holds a long history in Beverly Hills. Dixon worked for the late, legendary talk-show host Merv Griffin’s production company based in the city for over a decade when he owned The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Since then, her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Travel & Leisure, Robb Report, Modern Luxury, AFAR, PureWow, The Hollywood Reporter, Wallpaper and the Beverly Hills Courier, among many others. As a luxury lifestyle expert, she frequently reviews Michelin starred restaurants and chefs, 5-star resorts, wine country regions, spas, interior designers and architects. Favorite projects have included producing “Food for Thought” for Bloomberg in London with legendary A.A. Gill, co-launching “The Feast” for NBC LA and penning the Wallpaper City Guide Books for many years.