Des Kohan

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 June, 2007, 12:00am

Where? Des Kohan is housed in a 1920s warehouse in the mid-city neighbourhood of Los Angeles known as Miracle Mile. Owner Desiree Kohan avoided the trendier and busier Robertson Boulevard so she could provide customers with one-on-one service.

Who? Kohan majored in spiritual psychology at University of California, Los Angeles, and worked as a trend forecaster for Prada and Gucci in Milan. By travelling around the world - scouring Paris' flea markets, London's thrift stores and Shanghai's silk stalls - Kohan was able to put together a boutique

that synthesises high-end designers with finds from exotic locales.

Fashion finds: Des Kohan stocks a mix of avant-garde pieces, including those from European designers Hussein Chalayan and Jasmin Shokrian, as well as from Californian talent such as Joyaan and Ella Moss.

The store also offers its own line of urban knit tops and dresses with clean lines. Among the clothes are one-of-a-kind, semi-precious-stone rings from Brazil, pieces from local jewellery designer Morgan Jean and vintage home decor items and shoes by Carmen Ho.

The vibe: the 1,000 sq ft space has a warm yet minimalist decor, combining concrete floors, limestone, silk, exposed beams and modern furniture.

The crowd: well-to-do, trendy LA women who like to support local designers and who are looking for something different.

Extras: if you can't decide what to wear, Des Kohan offers free styling sessions with Hollywood stylists Lysa Cooper, favoured by Jessica Simpson, and Negar Ali, who counts Beyonce among her clients. They will put together a complete outfit for you if you send them a snapshot of your favourite item of clothing or a clip of a celebrity look.

Des Kohan is at 671 Cloverdale Avenue, Los Angeles, tel: 1 323 857 0200;