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
Beverly Hills teuscher - Chocolates of Switzerland
Beverly Hills teuscher - Chocolates of Switzerland has been a staple of the Beverly Hills Community for over 35 years! Serving the teuscher family’s world-renowned hand-crafted Swiss truffles and chocolate is their great honor, and they look forward to making new memories with old and new friends who cherish the small batch, fine treats as much as they do!
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.
The Luxuriator Collection by Franco
The Luxuriator Collection is by Beverly Hills-based eyewear and jewelry creator, Franco. Luxuriator is dedicated to creating superior and iconic pieces that are modern, yet timeless. Each collection is unique and artistic, giving the consumer both quality and fashion. Each frame in the Luxuriator Collection is carefully manufactured, assembled and finished by hand ensuring the highest level of quality and finish.
English Rabbit - Luxury Children's Boutique
Located in the iconic Golden Triangle in Beverly Hills, English Rabbit is a luxury children’s boutique committed to delivering bespoke high-end fashion with unparalleled versatility. English Rabbit is one of the few boutiques in the world that carries designer brands such as Gucci and Missoni as well as many other up and coming European labels. The owners travel to New York, Paris, London, Milan, Brussels, Florence and beyond throughout the year to ensure that they deliver collections that are the highest quality and the best curated.
TAGS aims to change the way that adventurous spirits pack a bag and curate their closets, by simplifying shopping for a fast-paced life. Perfectly curated for the jet-set lifestyle, TAGS believes that comfortable living shouldn’t require overplanning, overpacking or overthinking.
Founder Jackie Rose has drawn upon decades of fashion industry experience and a lifetime of globetrotting to create her ideal travel wardrobe of fashionable, easy-to-wear clothes. Over the past 40 years, she has shared her love for travel and adventure with her own family. With her husband and four children in tow, packing light became an art form.
Creed Boutique Beverly Hills
The House of Creed is an authentic, luxury perfume house dedicated to the creation of highly original, artisan fragrances for men and women, made from the finest perfume ingredients the world has to offer.
Their unique story began in 1760 when a pair of scented leather gloves were delivered to King George III by a new London tailoring company. Founded by James Henry Creed in the same year as the young King’s accession, the House of Creed started its journey as an exquisite tailor based in Mayfair, London. Since then, the House of Creed has gone on to create some of the finest garments and fragrances for the discerning and the discriminating for over 260 years, shifting from its tailoring heritage into one of the world’s leading niche perfume houses.
Visit their Beverly Hills boutique on Brighton Way.
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? 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.
THE BENHEART MISSION
Every Benheart store is carefully designed to convey the feeling of the brand. They strive for “Lavorazione Artigianale Italiana” (Italian Craftsmanship) in each product and to provide a space that truly resembles an antique Florentine artisan workshop. At Benheart, a customer is not just a customer, but considered a friend, and will experience the emotion of being attended to and cared for by a traditional Florentine Artisan.
All Benheart products are handmade in Italy, using Italian raw and processed materials in accordance to Benheart Italia’s own designs, with full authority of the manufacturing processes at all production stages.
JustDesi is the brainchild of Justin and Desiree Kraiem, a dynamic brother and sister duo. Having grown up in a family within the industry, Justin and Desi have been exposed to the jewelry trade since childhood. Through the mentorship of their father and by observing the workings of their family business, Justin and Desi gained expert knowledge, learning how to provide the superior customer service, exceptional quality, and tailored personalization that’s needed to run a jewelry business that truly serves its customers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.