Elyse Walker

Best Secret High-End Shop, June 2006

For those shoppers whose fashion map rarely leads off Robertson or Rodeo, Pacific Palisades remains a mystery. That should change. Inside Elyse Walker, an overflowing, 4,000-square-foot boutique, the owner seeks out quality staples (Splendid tees) as well as the credit-card-draining spectacular (Azzedine Alaïa is coming soon). While some shops simply pick up an entire fashion line, Walker has a keen eye, often choosing just two or three pieces from such houses as Miu Miu, Moschino, and Y & Kei and providing ample floor space for many looks and labels. Customers can sense the thought put into every shoe, skirt, and bag—like the latest from Bottega Veneta, here in a striking navy instead of the basic black most retailers stock.