Louis Vuitton has paired up with world renowned artist Jeff Koons to create a line of handbags focusing on old world art masters such as Monet, Gauguin, Manet, Turner and Boucher. I only discovered this a couple of nights ago while strolling down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. I’m not trying to be bougie… it’s just that I live a few blocks away and it’s so much fun to take in the holiday decorations. It’s free, fun, fantastic and often inspiring to see the holiday window displays. Plus this year they’ve brought back the Baccarat Chandeliers that are only hung above the street during some Christmas seasons, not all. There’s also a little piped in holiday music, and plenty of areas for photo ops with the hashtag #OnlyOnRodeo. It’s all about branding, plus I think that retailers are having a tough time getting shoppers into stores since online shopping has become everyones ‘easy out’.
As I was walking by Louis Vuitton’s windows I was initially drawn in by the new color combinations of some of the handbags, particularly the ones inspired by the paintings of Turner. The strong lavender-blue tone mixed with the hazy orange tones of Ancient Rome, really did it for me. As I continued to study the windows, I realized that the large white bunny in the entrance, as well as the handbag tags, were an homage to Jeff Koons balloon animals that he’s so famous for.
And then… there are the LV’s and the JK’s on the handbags, as well as in the windows, another reference to the collaboration between these two iconic companies. And lastly, there’s that big blue Christmas ball that isn’t a Christmas decoration at all, but rather an homage to his Gazing Ball Paintings.
Whether you love or hate the new handbags, the holiday windows on Rodeo Drive are a perfect exercise in restraint. They tell the story of the new collection and joint collaboration, while still looking festive from an uniformed point of view. Bravo!
Rolling Greens Nursery has some of the finest Shabby Chic Holiday Decor in Los Angeles. I absolutely love their stunning displays and the presentation of their merchandise. I’m not a guy who’s really into Shabby Chic, but as an artist and designer I greatly appreciate the effort they put into creating their environment. I wish I knew who the talented person was behind all of this creativity, because they’re so good at what they do they tempt me to convert from my modernist ideals.
I first wandered into this location a few years and ended up buying an exquisite 4 foot tall artificial topiary tree for my salon. It’s been a big hit with my clients over the years and has kept me coming back for other goodies like high end soaps and yummy jams. Other faves over the years were their assortment of affordable puppy dog ornaments during the holidays. I love to buy gifts in themes, so for two years running, everyone in my circle of friends and family received adorable little dogs in skirts or kilts. I didn’t see those items this year, but I found plenty of other things to enjoy. I know my late mother would have also loved their assortment of bird baths and stone statuary.
This is one of those places that has something for everyone. So when you’ve had enough of the local mall and the holidays on steroids, take a breather and come to the Rolling Greens Nursery on Beverly Blvd at Gardner Avenue. The front doors of the store roll right up into the ceiling, as the building was previously the location of Town Tire Co. Built in 1930 as an open air market, it’s so refreshing to see the historic building being used as something comparable. Feel free to roam from room to room as you sample the luxuries of gracious, yet rustic daily living.