Nestled in the heart of L.A. since 1982, the eight-story Beverly Center has re-opened after a $500 million makeover with a new line-up of buzzy restaurants, shops, and VIP perks. The lighter, brighter design features a 25,000-square-foot skylight, open apertures that peek into upper levels to drive impulse shopping, and a central court with an LED screen, staged for events such as Friday’s “Candidly Costumes” pane.
Taubman Centers CEO and president Robert Taubman and COO William Taubman (Beverly Center owners), were on site for the grand re-opening.
“We have 4,200 stylists registered here!” says William Taubman, a nod to the Beverly Center’s long-time partnership with Hollywood’s Costume Designers Guild, the Motion Pictures Costumers Guild, and the Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild. He also noted his work with Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin and independent curator Jenelle Porter to install works by L.A. artists such as Catherine Opie and Geoff McFetridge. A new installment in January will include pieces by artist Pae White on the escalator walls, visible at night from the exterior, and hanging installations are planned for the central court. Here’s a guide to what’s new, including shopping, dining and VIP perks:
“There are now 19 luxury brands upstairs and probably only 15 shopping centers in the United States have that many,” says Robert Taubman. New additions include MCM, Balenciaga, Longchamp, and Brooks Brothers (relocating from Rodeo Drive later this month). Also notable is an expanded 4,487-foot Michael Kors store and a 28,300-square-foot Zara store, the largest in L.A. A much-anticipated 11,000-square-foot L.A. flagship for renowned Miami-originating, multi-brand luxury boutique The Webster, with clients such as Kim Kardashian West, is slated for 2020. (A 4,000-square-foot location opened at South Coast Plaza in 2016).
Other unique-to-Beverly Center shops also stand included
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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