L.A. is experiencing mall madness, and it’s all too, too good.
Last week, Westfield Century City and Mayor Garcetti hyped up the new $800+ million project already underway. This week, designer Nathan Turner threw a bash in his stylish West Hollywood boutique celebrating his pop-up shop, Nathan Turner American Style, which is set to open at The Village at Westfield Topanga when the outdoor street-retail space debuts September 18. Now, being a Midwesterner, I love a good mall; I was literally the first one getting a hard hat tour before the new Santa Monica Place opened, and when Caruso and Co. threw a fantastic bash for the Nordstrom at Americana at Brand, I couldn’t get through the door fast enough. For the fete the other night, Turner (who starred in Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators) opened up his boutique to designers, suits, and other fashionable folks who sipped cocktails and ate fancy cheese to celebrate this collaboration. Nathan Turner American Style will be the only pop-up at the outdoor space that has anchors like Costco and Burke Williams.
“It will be slightly different than this store,” Turner told me as we stood next to copies of his book Nathan Turner American Style: Classic Design and Effortless Entertaining. “This location is a very ‘to the trade’ environment, and The Village is a retail environment, so I wanted to tweak my store. I’m inspired by old-fashioned American mercantile stores that have a little bit of everything.”
“Everything is going to be American companies and American-made, so it’s kind of a throwback,” he continued. “And I think it’s thinking a little outside the box on their part to bring in somebody that with a boutique design-oriented brand. I think it’s a cool thing and I think it’s going to work out for us both.“
The shop will pop until the end of the year. The Village at Westfield Topanga is located across from Westfield Topanga (don’t worry, there will be a trolley) and will include 90 retailers including REI, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Sushi Katsu-Ya Woodland Hills, Crate & Barrel, YogaWorks, and Sur La Table among others. There will be a weekly farmer’s market and (so excited) bocce courts.