August 27 2014

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Deer In The Spotlights


Long regarded as the go-to shopping destination for a certain discerning set of Angelenos, Des Kohan ‘s namesake store holds a reliable, oft exclusive stock of merchandise from designers local (Juan Carlos Obando) and abroad (Alaïa). But it’s that energy of exclusives that has kept Kohan’s shop on the map despite its off-the-beaten-path location on South Cloverdale Avenue. The shop owner’s latest endeavor, debuting today, is DEER, a 20-piece accessory collection conceived alongside L.A.-based jewelry designer Annie Costello Brown. “We couldn’t find pieces that we wanted in our wardrobe, so we wanted to create something that wasn’t about following trends but about setting standards for style,” Kohan tells of the collection ($125 to $798). Composed of uniquely paired mixed metals and media to convey a “raw, earthy look,” DEER relies on a multitude of styling options that have, in turn, elevated each piece’s functionality. “We used the materials in a new way and brought the multifaceted styling element to it,” Costello explained of the colored leather, shells, vintage brass beads, and chains she sources from around the world, then designs and assembles in Los Angeles.

In a true partnership, Kohan offers personal styling to complete the looks that Costello Brown accessorizes. “Because we’re just one store, we’re able to create editorial pieces (ranging from a mixed-metal draped trio necklace to a snake belt) instead of trying to please the masses.” It’s an ongoing—and unbridled—partnership that is set to produce new designs on a monthly basis.

DEER is now available at Des Kohan, 671 South Cloverdale Ave., L.A., (323) 857-0200.

Photo: Courtesy of DEER

Finish Your Outfit-ters: Urban’s Newest Accessory Designers


Urban Outfitters is at it again: The store’s scheme to corner the market on wearable goods for the modern hipster (and the hipster-ish) is getting a boost next month when Eek!, a range of hats and hairpieces by Eugenia Kim, debuts in Urban outlets nationwide. Shortly thereafter, L.A.-based jewelry designer Annie Costello Brown—a favorite—chimes in with her own Urban Outfitters line of statement necklaces called Clea. Kim and Costello Brown join Urban Outfitters’ expanding roster of accessory collaborations—Contributor by Rachel Comey and Colonial Madness by LD Tuttle are recent arrivals in the Urban Outfitters shoe department, to wit. Plus, for those who sometimes wonder whether they’re too old to shop at the college kid fave, a cheap-and-chic necklace or hat is much easier to pass off as luxe with a mostly designer look.

String Theory, According To Annie Costello Brown


If you ask Annie Costello Brown, the fringe just happened. “I’m not a conceptual thinker,” she says. “I like to think with my hands, you know?” The Los Angeles-based jewelry designer explains: “I was playing with a piece of leather, and the impulse seized me to start cutting and cutting.” Et voila! Whatever her creative process may have been, Costello Brown’s fringe necklaces find the designer bang-on trend this season. “I love to look at the couture, the runways,” acknowledges Costello Brown, who launched her line three years ago as a sideline while working at accessories brand Billykirk. “But that fringe thing happened a couple years ago. I don’t want to say I was ahead of the curve. I mean, I was just doing my own thing.” She’s also right in step with this season’s statement-necklace trend. The designer has quite a selection of, as she puts it, “wearable statement” pieces in her expansive Spring collection. “I like bold, but not in a crazy way,” she says. “I feel like I get that with the necklaces, and now I can focus more on bracelets and earrings, and maybe other accessories too. We’ll see what comes.”

Photo: Courtesy of Annie Costello Brown