Smythson of Bond Street, the luxury British stationery and leather goods brand, puts its stamp on Beverly Hills this month with a store in the Two Rodeo shopping complex.
The store, the second in the U.S., will have a Bespoke Salon, where customers can consult Smythson's etiquette expert and create personalized invitations and notecards. Smythson already has a following for agendas such as the Fashion Diary, which has travelers' information about New York, London, Paris and Milan.
This season's version is encased in a clementine-colored crocodile leather cover ($340). Also on offer, several L.A. exclusives, including the leather-bound Director's Notebook ($300), Film Notes ($75), California Wine Notes ($75) and L.A. Notes ($140). The new Nancy Collection (inspired by Nancy Mitford) of handbags premieres for fall. 222 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 550-1901, www. smythson.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon.-Sat.
Intermix Sept 14: The boutique with the buying power of a department store is finally taking root in Los Angeles, just across the street from the Ivy. With 20 stores already in the U.S., Intermix has the ability to stock just a handful of pieces from designer brands, including Missoni, Stella McCartney, Yigal Azrouel and Proenza Schouler, alongside more affordable contemporary collections (many of them Los Angeles-based), such as Miss Davenporte, Jenni Kayne and Vince. What it amounts to is an eclectic selection of the season's must-have styles. The 5,000-square-foot space is built around a 100-year-old palm tree, creating a kind of urban garden retail setting. The item for the fall season? Chloe Cropped Moto Boots ($985). 110 N. Robertson Blvd., http://www.intermixonline.com . 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun.
Marni Consuelo Castiglioni's happily modern and artistic clothes have arrived in the O.C. 3333 Bristol St., No. 1200, Costa Mesa, (714) 380-3155, http://www.marni.com . 10 a.m. to 9 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sun.
Society of the Spectacle Amy and Katie O'Connell's quirky boutique stocks eyewear along with 1920s eye-testing gadgets, stereo cards and pop-up books. Spectacles from L.A. Eyeworks, Ray-Ban, Persol and Fiction are on offer, along with odder items such as hand-painted vintage garden chairs, doggy portraits and modern-looking bronze sculptures of barn swallows and owls. 4563 York Blvd., (323) 255-4300, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tue.-Fri., 10 to 6 p.m. Sat.
Plastic Island Pop art meets hunting lodge at this shopping playground featuring such oddities as ceramic lions and deer heads, along with handbags, jewelry, T-shirts and shoes. Popular items include "Horoscope" tees ($23) and tunic dresses with necklaces attached ($88). Del Amo Fashion Center, 3525 Carson St., Torrance, (310) 214-0513. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon-Fri.; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
AG has opened its second Los Angeles store with more than 4,000 square feet of "Entourage"-worthy, vintage-inspired jeans for men, women and children. And yes, this branch has an on-site tailor with a gold-plated sewing machine too. 329 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 275-2621, http://www.agjeans.com . 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Sun.
Farmer Old-school denim manufacturer Farmer has set up a no-frills operation in Los Feliz. 4648 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 667-0887, http://www.farmerusa.com . 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mon-Fri., noon to 7 p.m. Sat., noon to 6 p.m. Sun.
Frederic Fekkai Melrose Place Sept. 5: After 10 years in Beverly Hills, Fekkai is opening a second outpost on sizzling Melrose Place. Tucked into a recently restored Mission-style building, the S. Russell Groves-designed modern interior may give nearby Sally Hershberger a run for her money. Cut and color, manicures, brow grooming and makeup application available. 8457 Melrose Place, (323) 655-7800, http://www.fredericfekkai.com/ . 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon., 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
"Neal Barr: An Eye for Fashion" Through Sept 16: Black-and-white celebrity and fashion photographs taken by SoCal-born photographer Neal Barr in the '60s and '70s. Working for Harper's Bazaar, Ladies' Home Journal and commercial clients, Barr chronicled the folly of Paris haute couture and created iconic portraits of Warren Beatty, Sharon Tate, Lee Remick, Sophia Loren, Diane Keaton and a mature Marlene Dietrich in 1967, sporting a $30,000, 14-carat-gold dress. The Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, (805) 653-0323, http://www.venturamuseum.org . 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues.-Sun.
"All That Glitters: 250 Years at the French Court" Through Aug 26: Historian George Stuart has dressed miniature figurines in the styles of France's royal court from 1570 to 1830. Highlights include Louis XVI, Cardinal Richelieu, Marquise de Pompadour, Maximilien Robespierre, Marquise de Montespan and multiple figures of Marie Antoinette. The Museum of Ventura County. See above for details.
"All in the Details: 100 Years of Fashion Accessories" Through Sept 16: Vintage accessories, including shoes, hats, cuff links, purses, jewelry and gloves from 1870 to 1970. The Museum of Ventura County. See above for details.
"Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition" Through Sept. 29: TV's hottest looks from the past ("I Dream of Jeannie," "Bewitched" and "Charlie's Angels") to the present ("Entourage," "Desperate Housewives" and "Rome"). 919 S. Grand Ave., (213) 624-1200, Ext. 2224, http://www.fidm.com . 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tue.-Sat. (Closed Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 through 3).