Experience Downtown Los Angeles & Beverly Hills, California
A 20min drive from Pasadena takes you into Downtown Los Angeles, a rapidly gentrified neighborhood where new lofts and luxury high-rises rub side up with the city’s Skid Row dubbed “The Nickel”
In the Bunker Hill district, across the street from Frank Gehry’s space-age Walt Disney Concert Hall, sits The Broad, Lons Angeles’s latest contemporary art museum that opened in September 2015. Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the New York firm most famous for the High Line in Manhattan, this 120,000sqf museum showcases Eli and Edythe Broad’s vast personal collection of over 2,000 contemporary art pieces, with pieces by the likes of Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, as well as the world’s largest collection of Cindy Sherman works on display. Entry is Free, but it is so popular that the next available session is in January 2016.
Then 30mins from downtown lies the ritzy enclave of Beverly Hills and its main shopping street, Rodeo Drive, both of which need no introduction. Amid the ubiquitous brand-name boutiques on Rodeo, you will find gems like the House of Bijan, an ultra-exclusive, by-appointment only menswear boutique that serves heads of state, captains of industry, and royalty of all sorts, be they of the aristocratic, the rock ’n’ roll, or the Hollywood variety.
These include everyone from former US president George W. Bush and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to Indonesian tycoon Dato Sri Tahir and Saudi Prince Alwaleed Talal. “Many of these gentlemen we’ve been dressing for the last 40 years. We are very familiar with their tastes,” says Nicolas Bijan Pakzad, son of the founder, Bijan Pakzad.
Charm and hospitality is 2nd nature to Nicolas Bijan Pakzad, who took over his father’s exclusive menswear boutique, Bijan, after the latter’s passing in 2011.
It’s perhaps fitting that Fernando Botero’s The Rich hangs on a wall in this temple to haute menswear, which unabashedly touts itself as “the most expensive store in the world”.
Silk ties, which are presented in silk boxes in matching fabrics, are priced at $900, while silk-lined exotic leather jackets are priced from$17,000 to $50,000. Make that a reminder of where you are, and there are the very chic, hip and pricey casual eateries and cafes.
Have a terrific weekend .