The Luxe Life: Debra Gunn Downing

The connoisseur of L.A. style talks about the objects of desire currently on her radar

Age: 59
Lives in: Newport Beach
Works at: South Coast Plaza
Position: Executive director of marketing
Personal style: “I pair classic luxury pieces with contemporary brands. You’ll find Lanvin as well as Club Monaco in my closet.”


Givenchy Ankle-Strap Sandals

“I’m often running from day-to-night events, and these shoes are utterly chic and perfect for me.” $975 at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400.


Clare V. Leather Tote

“This bag, which carries all of my work essentials, is made by a local designer who understands simple luxury.” $450 at Clare V., Silver Lake, 323-665-2476, and Santa Monica, 310-395-3079.


Barbara Bui Leather Pants

“They fit like a glove and add a little edge to any look. Bui is also a lovely person and absolutely passionate about her craft.” $1,475 at Barbara Bui, Beverly Hills, 310-275-4452.


Lanvin “Alber Silhouettes” Stationery

“I still love paper and writing thank-you notes on proper cards, and these are so gorgeous that I may frame one!” $80 (set of ten) at


Byredo Parfums Candles
“The warm, rich scent of  ‘Ambre Japonais’ and its sleek black glass holder are otherworldly.” $80 at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills, 310-276-4400.



Hermès Balcon du Guadalquivir Dinner Set

“I’ve been collecting the set for years. I don’t believe in pulling out special pieces only for entertaining. Beautiful china should be used!” Starts at $110 (per piece) at Frame Shop Ltd., San Marino, 626-441-3208.