The Kooples Flagship Opens in L.A.

The Kooples L.A.

The Kooples L.A.

San Francisco may have beat L.A. by getting their Kooples store last week, but the City of Angels can stand proud now that we’ve got a flagship from the chic French brand. The Robertson Boulevard store houses both the Kooples main line for men and women and the Kooples Sport line, a secondary collection that made its debut last year in London. The L.A. boutique marks the brand’s second West Coast location and this coming fall, the Kooples will fête the opening of two new stores in New York’s Meatpacking and SoHo neighborhoods.

For those unfamiliar with the brand, you’ve probably seen a few pieces at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Saks, but the Kooples stores are the only place to get the entire brand experience. Outfitted in black and white marble and vintage furniture (each shop will have unique design pieces sourced from around the world), the store is divided into two sections: one for the Kooples main line, with a wall dedicated to menswear and another to womens, and the Kooples Sport line, which is a more casual take on French style, is housed in a special annex. Accessories are sprinkled throughout the store, including shoes bags and more.

The Kooples L.A.

The Kooples L.A.

Founded in 2008 by the same family that established Comptoirs de Cottoniers, Laurent, Alexandre and Raphael Elich, the Kooples blends laid-back Left Bank French style with the traditional tailoring of Saville Row. Shoppers can expect to see plenty of rock-and-roll detailing in both men’s and women’s offerings, such as leather panels, buckles and more as well as slimmed down silhouettes that Hedi Slimane pioneered during his time at Dior Homme and continues to do at his new post at the helm of Saint Laurent. But unlike those high fashion lines, the Kooples stays comfortably in the contemporary realm, with basics starting at $95 and suiting ringing in at about $900. 

The Kooples L.A.

The Kooples L.A.

Currently, the store is fully stocked with merchandise from the brand’s Fall 2014 offering, which leans heavy on the Mod movement with Union Jack knitwear, biker-inspired leather pieces and plenty of fringe and buckles adorning shift dresses and skinny pants. Shoes and bags get the same badass treatment courtesy motorcycle detailing and chunky shoes, but for those looking for something a little softer, there’s plenty of basics and lace-trimmed (ignore the skulls woven into the delicate pattern, if you must) knits that are perfect for work and more.

Images courtesy WWD.

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.