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- Designer Farbod Barsum's signature Empress bags, which were inspired by seashells—SJP owns a custom lilac ostrich version. It takes abou
- Can you spot the original Pollock piece?
- In addition to ensuring all materials are sustainably sourced, the designer dyes his bags in chrome-free tanneries and donates a portion of sales to wildlife preservation and other socially responsible causes.
- The chandeliers hold half a ton of crystals—that's 3,500 strings in all—hand strung by the boutique's staff and the designer himself. Fun fact: The store houses more crystals than any other boutique in Beverly Hills.
- Serving a royal clientele "is very gratifying, but what it does is it keeps setting the bar higher [...] you never get full of yourself or have an ego because now you realize, 'I need to work harder to keep these people pleased.'"
- Barsum also designed the entire boutique himself. That gray striped wall is striato olimpico marble imported from Italy. Oooh, fancy.
- Handbags are priced from $6,000 to $30,000 and up.
- Evening clutches range from $2,000 to $5,000.
- Using exotic skins "speaks to me more [...] working with the premium, Rolls Royce of materials gives me a lot of responsibility and that weight I carry when I'm designing; it manifests itself in the final product. It's really important to pay respect to w
- "I'm not sure if I ever want to expand [to more stores] because that intimacy I have with developing our clients and the experience they have can be kind of lost when I'm not able to be there. I like to be here with my associates and my product and facili
- The super sweet designer himself, Farbod Barsum.
When you step into Farbod Barsum's new Beverly Hills boutique, it's not at all surprising that he counts international royalty (the queens of Denmark and Spain, a Saudi Arabian princess), celebs and style stars (Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Hendricks, Louis Roe, more) among his faithful followers. Known for his couture carryalls and clutches crafted from exotic skins, the LA-based designer apprenticed at the legendary House of Bijan (oh, and earned degrees in architecture, art history and fashion) before starting his own luxe handbag line. After two years of serving well-heeled shoppers at his Melrose store, the LA designer moved into the 90210's Golden Triangle, where his relocated flagship soft opened this week.
Located at 9546 Dayton Way, the luxe 1,600-square-foot space is like a natural history museum of sorts—that is, if you swapped out the taxidermy with insanely opulent purses and added neighbors like Chanel and Dior. With pieces made from sustainably-sourced materials like American alligator, African ostrich and Amazonian pirarucu fish, it's easy to see why Barsum's bags run anywhere from $2K to $30K and up; his made-in America mantra may also have something to do with the pretty price tags. In addition to stocking Barsum's signature handbag line, the store also offers his new line of men's merch and travel accessories.
After the jump, learn more about the designer and see more inside his uber ritzy boutique.
Farbod Barsum's flagship boutique is open daily from 11am to 6pm.
· Farbod Barsum [Official Site]