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Rodeo Drive and the area around Melrose Place may be known as the leading luxury shopping areas in Greater Los Angeles, but suburban Costa Mesa boasts a shopping mall that can easily rival the aforementioned neighbourhoods. South Coast Plaza serves as the ultimate place to splurge for dwellers of a string of leafy pockets in this part of town, and both the boutiques and offerings are top-notch. The mall has traditionally accommodated a wide array of luxury brands, and even though they’re well-established, they continue to raise their profile. And the latest to do so is Louis Vuitton. The Paris-based luxury behemoth has revamped its 14,000 sq.ft. (1,300 sqm.) store with a little help of lauded New York City-based architect Peter Marino.

The chosen aesthetic balances old and new, utilising techniques and materials that reference the French history and craftsmanship of Louis Vuitton, while also integrating ultra-modern designs, such as the twisting high-tech carbon fibre shelving which references the horizontal speed of travel. Adding a heightened sense of plushness are the modern artworks by top artists such as Damien Hirst, Peter Dayton, and Aaron Curry, all  handpicked by Marino. As an experiential bonus, the store features the first in-store atelier Stateside, replete with a full-time artist who’ll sketch portraits or motifs onto hard-sided luggage trophies. Location: South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, Shop 2400 (Costa Mesa).

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