Last Thursday night outside West Hollywood’s flashy new store Sutton were gawkers, a camera crew, a guy asking guests for written waivers—and more blond hair, skinny jeans, fluffed out eyelashes, and shiny diamonds than you’d even see on an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
That’s because Sutton Stracke’s new concept store will appear on one—or, more likely, several—episodes of the Bravo reality show. She and Garcelle Beauvais are the newest members of the cast, replacing Lisa Vanderpump. The cast started shooting season 10 (to air in 2020) eight weeks ago, and natch, the glittery noisy chatty opening soiree was being shot for inclusion. But Stracke says she didn’t open the shop to help her plot line.
“Why did I do it?” Stracke asks, perched on a pale velvet slipper chair in the two-room salon that could be her very own well-appointed closet and sitting room. “Obviously I’m out of my mind! But I’ve been wanting to do a store for ten years. I don’t want it to be like everyone else’s store. Every three months we’re going to rotate what we sell. The art, our August Getty demi-couture pieces. If you go to Paris you could find Alexis Mabille ready to wear and couture—but not in the U.S. Monica Mahoney is an L.A. designer whose pieces are one of a kind. I want everybody to come and have a glass of champagne and be surrounded beauty.” Stracke herself attends couture shows in Paris and in Italy, often with her fashion-loving friend Jennifer Tilly.
“Listen,” Stracke says in her Southern accent (she’s originally from Augusta, Georgia). “I got the show from luck. But I did my first buy for the store way back in January.”
The 1,200-square-foot 1920s bungalow was designed by Brittany Cason Johnston, with black lacquered front doors and some Regency Moderne flourishes. A vintage Murano glass chandelier lights the room—but not for long if someone wants to take it home.
“Everything in the store’s for sale,” she explains of the clothes, art, candles, books, and even the furniture. “I hope no one buys these,” she says about the slipper chairs. “I really love them. Of course I could find more.”
Around the crowded salon were gathered various Real Housewives: Lisa Rinna (clad in leopard and black leopard), Erica Jayne, Erika Girardi, Teddi Mellencamp, Dorit Kemsley, the aforementioned Beauvais (who has a Netflix holiday movie coming), WeHo Mayor John D’Amico, designers Amber Sakai and Monica Mahoney, jewelry designers Martin Katz and Michelle Mason, interior designer Waldo Fernandez, Jennifer Tilly, and famed artists Rosson Crow and Alexandra Grant, who also happens to be the girlfriend of one Keanu Reeves.
“Sutton’s a more recent friend,” admitted Lisa Rinna. “I just met her in the last few years. We bonded over fashion, for sure.”
“I go way back with Sutton,” explained Jennifer Tilly. “I met her through Cameron Silver. She was wearing these amazing Brian Atwood flower shoes—I knew I had to hang out with her! I swear to God, last week, there was nothing in this store but a can of paint!”
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