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Betsee Isenberg

Inventing herself: New Jersey native Betsee Isenberg came to L.A. in 1979 and landed a job selling clothing lines wholesale in a downtown showroom. “I lied and said I...

Does the Glove Fit?

Fashion has shifted. When it comes to accessories, more is more. Style icons who didn’t bother to wear panties underneath their baby-doll dresses are now buying hats and gloves....

Monique Lhuillier

Wild child: Philippines native Monique Lhuillier traveled to Paris, Hong Kong, and L.A. before attending high school in Switzerland. She was expected to join her siblings at Pepperdine University...

Paul Fortune

Natural high: His clients won’t live in what Paul Fortune calls a “trendy, groovy, or fashionable” interior. Whether he’s working on Marc Jacobs’s apartment in Paris, Richard Gere’s B&B...

Douglas Little

Don’t Call Him a Goth: At Douglas Little’s firm, D.L. & Co., pheasant’s-foot candleholders, skullshaped chocolates, and velvet-lined black resin boxes mix a dark 19th-century sensibility with sensual luxury....

Elena Manferdini

Flexible Material: She earned an M.A. in architecture from UCLA, but it was in fashion that Italian-born Elena Manferdini hit on an idea that would distinguish her career: designing...

John Brady & Willard Ford

Breaking Away: A career switch from competitive cycling to furniture importing wasn’t a random decision for Willard Ford (right) and John Brady. Both had discovered a love of exotic...

Not Fade Away

In Los Angeles, an original look can be more eye-catching than pure beauty. A handful of fashion veterans have become icons by defying trends rather than following them. A...

Lisa Eisner

Wild Card: Attending charity galas in feather headdresses, saucer-size pendants, and psychedelic minidresses, Lisa Eisner is the city’s boldest fashion plate. “I don’t mind looking like something you want...

Reese’s Pieces

Reese’s got a brand-new bag. Well, she may not own it, but Reese Witherspoon has inspired designer MARY NORTON to name a leather clutch with a jeweled clasp after her...