Elyse Walker

The retail pioneer opened her shop in 1999 so that locals would have an alternative to schlepping to Beverly Hills. Walker excels at staying abreast of the latest designer crushes to suit a wardrobe that spans business meetings and ballroom galas. Right now the boutique is carrying so many sought-after labels—Chloé, Isabel Marant, Lanvin, J. Mendel, Brunello Cucinelli, Rag & Bone—that the 6,000-square-foot space is like Melrose Place, Robertson Boulevard, and Rodeo Drive rolled into one.