The third-generation jewelers at Christian Taylor Jewelers & Gold Stash Jewelers display one-of-a-kind baubles and quality luxury brands in shops that also repair, appraise, and purchase customer jewelry. A husband-and-wife team founded the company's original Gold Stash stores, which quickly gained the trust of customers as the knowledgeable staff deftly decorated bodies with more bling than the Tin Man during his rap career. Experts in gems, silver, and gold, the couple branched into Christian Taylor stores, where artists forge custom-designed rings and necklaces based on customer whimsy. Storefronts display rare pieces, such as Ceylon sapphires or Egyptian ring pops, as well as works by established brands such as Love Links, Soldier to Soldier, and Pandora, a line of chic charm bracelets and stackable rings.
Sometimes you love a garment so much you have to set it free. The open armed and stylish folks at Turn Style Consignment Stores know a gently used gem when they see one, and faithfully find a new home for them?via five stores in the Phoenix Valley. They consign second-hand garments, accessories, and home furnishings from casual sellers and convincing bridge trolls before lining their racks and shelves with the items. Many of their shoes and handbags hail from designer brands such as Gucci and Chanel, and their policy?prohibits anything that's not from a designer, better department, or specialty story.
Ganem Jewelers adorns customers with precious stones, metals, and timepieces arranged by designers such as Cartier, Breitling, Honora, and Bixby. The family-owned glimmer emporium specializes in custom jewelry pieces and enlists a staff of certified gemologists and medieval alchemists to complete individualized pieces. Boasting a 92.5% silver content, sterling silver triangle stud earrings ($27), weave-design cufflinks ($100), and money clips ($100) provide gift recipients with instant heirlooms. Freshwater pearls accentuate customers in dangle earrings ($95+), and a variety of butterfly-charm bangle bracelets ($100) and teardrop pendants ($100) twinkle brilliantly, allowing wearers to easily befriend curious falcons. With a Eureka mahogany jewelry chest, customers can store investments on a soft bedding of red velvet in between wearing sessions ($82.50).
Who knew off-the-rack could be so comprehensive? More than 70 styles of tuxedos seek to flatter every physique at Mr. Formal, with perfectly-fitted jackets, trousers, shirts, vests, ties and cummerbunds available for all occasions. There are even shoe and glove rentals, plus top hats, if that’s your style. Mr Formal also gets bonus points for its ability to fit big and tall, small and short, and everything in between, drawing from its national chain-like affiliation with formalwear retailers as far away as Canada. Someone on staff is a style watcher, too, since tuxes and suits keep current to fashion, and fitters are always aligned with tuxedo trends. This is one-stop shopping, too, for extras like groomsmen gifts that can include everything from a personalized pub glass set to an engraved Klondike folding knife.
At its downtown location alone, Rose Tuxedo carries more than $1 million worth of tuxedos and accessories. In fact, the company's entire inventory is kept in state, meaning last-minute alterations never pose a problem. Convenience has been one of Rose's calling cards since it opened in the early 1980s. Today, the family-owned shops stock the latest designs in coats, vests, and suits, including more than 160 colors for vests and ties. Such diversity means guys can turn to Rose for all sorts of occasions, including weddings, proms, and the anniversary of losing their first tooth.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.