Luxury Central O.C.: South Coast Plaza

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Orange County’s collection of one-off boutiques is impressive, but it’s the two giant luxury centers in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach that cement its reputation as a world-class shopping and fashion destination.

South Coast Plaza

Billed as an “international shopping destination,” South Coast Plaza draws some 22 million shoppers a year to its 2.8 million square feet of luxury shopping and 30 restaurants. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800-782-8888,


On the first floor in the Nordstrom wing, this newly redesigned boutique for the classic luxury line was expanded from 2,000 to 6,500 square feet of dreamy shopping space. At every turn there’s something beautiful to see, from the wit and whimsy of Karl Lagerfeld’s artful clothing to the rock crystal-and-bronze chandeliers made especially for the shop by the maison’s jewelry maker. 714-754-7455,

dolce-and-gabbana-boutique-woman-elements-hong-kongDOLCE & GABBANA

The newly redesigned boutique touting deep garnet drapes, dark marble floors, and velvet-and-leather furniture is a sumptuous delight for the senses. The house’s luxuriously romantic men’s and women’s collections are placed throughout the shop, which is divided into rooms like an old Milanese villa. South Coast Plaza, 714-668-9142,


The French line reopened this space in August with a stunning modern store modeled on its Paris flagship. With a facade of gray stone and green onyx, the new boutique carries ready-to-wear and accessories. The decor is punctuated with travertine, pebble stone, and black metal cubes, and features furniture created by Danish artist Fos. South Coast Plaza, 714-957-1255,


This tiny jewel box of a store featuring the Parisian line’s iconic square-toe flats and sought-after bags is one of only three in North America. On the first floor of the Nordstrom wing, the window displays are a wonderland of whimsy, and fans swear by the shoes. South Coast Plaza, 714-435-0015,

The A. Lange& Sohne Boutique at South Coast Plaza.
The A. Lange& Sohne Boutique at South Coast Plaza.


The newest exclusive boutique in the center’s luxury row, A. Lange & Söhne is known as an haute hologerie with a spotless pedigree for turning out beautiful timepieces worthy of being passed on in your will. South Coast Plaza, 657-205-4555,

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