LOS ANGELES – Perfumier Frederic Malle today plants his flag here with the opening of his ninth freestanding boutique, at 8417 Melrose Place. The 1,200-square-foot space is the first West Coast location for Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, joining two shops in New York, four in Paris, one in London and one in Rome.
“It’s a very important step for the company. I have been coming to Los Angeles for a long time and have a very strong connection with the city. This is a much more personal adventure,” said Malle.
He tapped his close friend, L.A.-based artist and illustrator Konstantin Kakanias, whose whimsical character Mrs. Tependris is well-known in fashion circles, to create the black and white botanical frescoes in the first of two rooms.
“We have been friends for over 10 years and he illustrated two of my books. I said, ‘Do whatever you please. I will design the store around your ideas,’” said Malle, who then arranged shelves of his bright red boxes around Kakaknias’ artwork.
A mirrored corridor, filled with glass cases of perfume, leads to a more private space that is decorated like one of Malle’s homes. The yellow Prelle-upholstered sofa resembles one he has in Long Island, and