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F IE N LE I VL II NV G I N IGN I TN H TE H GE R ES A TN E G L E VN AA L LA ER YE A F I N R A PB AR SI AE D

AUGUST 2009

The New GLAMOUR

TADASHI SHOJI’S Art of Eveningwear

SISTERLY STYLE The Kales’ Luxe Handbags The Hunt for the

QUINTESSENTIAL L.A. DISH

LEGEND OF THE FALL MAD MEN’S ALISON BRIE


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M O N T H LY

30 FALL FASHION 8 A SHOOTING STAR With two series on the fall TV schedule, Alison Brie is one of Hollywood’s busiest young actresses. –By Carl Kozlowski

17 DESIGNER TO THE QUEEN Pasadena’s Tadashi Shoji creates fluid eveningwear for the Rose Court and fashionable women around the world. –By Patt Diroll

30 A FASHION FAIRY TALE Sisters Jennifer and Leslie Kale watched their dreams come true in their eponymous luxury handbag line. –By B.J. Lorenzo

DEPARTMENTS 7 FESTIVITIES Gay Men’s Chorus of L.A., Greater L.A. Zoo Association, Rosemary Children’s Services and Brighton

29 BEAUTY BITES What’s new in lash lengtheners and peptide-packed skin care

39 THE LIST Day One’s Youth Month, “Pancho” Barnes at the Huntington and Divine Demons at the Norton Simon

41 KITCHEN CONFESSIONS Searching for the quintessential L.A. dish ABOUT THE COVER: Alison Brie by Jeff Berlin. Alison Brie wears a one-shoulder jacquard dress, $450, David Meister, available by special order at davidmeister.com. Amber, gold-leaf and diamond cuff, $21,000, Bochic, bochic.com. Citrine, smoky quartz and diamond earrings, $19,970, Yvel, yvel.com.

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EDITOR’S NOTE

WHAT’S NEW ABOUT GLAMOUR THIS SEASON? Designers are putting a fresh spin on the classics. How about fierce neon hues, usually relegated to warm-weather fashions, singing style well into the fall? Or delicate feathers, not statement plumes but subtle embellishments, stitched on as intricately as beading? Luxurious brocade is updated with a oneshoulder silhouette and a color-block cheongsam has whipstitch beading and a zipper that could be pulled down to there, if the occasion required. It’s all about being both thoroughly modern and timeless, two adjectives that nicely describe Mad Men actress Alison Brie. The young South Pasadenan, who debuts in the new NBC comedy Community next month, is a style chameleon, utterly believable as an ad man’s Upper East Side wife from the early ’60s and a contemporary fashion maverick who follows her own muse. Brie graces this month’s cover and fashion spread and talks to Carl Kozlowski about her unusually busy career in television. Also cutting a fine figure in Pasadena style is eveningwear designer Tadashi Shoji. Tadashi’s work is familiar to fans of the Rose Parade Royal Court, whom he has dressed for nearly a decade in appreciation of his home base. Farther afield, Tadashi’s success in the luxury market earned him the honor of Divine Designer at December’s Divine Design, the West Coast’s largest shopping fundraiser. Tadashi talks to Patt Diroll about women’s most common fashion faux pas and how to skirt it. Another locally based company, Kale Handbags of Sierra Madre, entered the luxury market with the help of a healthy dose of serendipity. The designers are talented sisters Jennifer and Leslie Kale, and B.J. Lorenzo tells their fashion fairy tale. As for the rest of us, here’s to looking great while you pursue your own happily ever after. — Irene Lacher

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EDITOR IN CHIEF Irene Lacher PRODUCTION MANAGER Yvonne Guerrero ART DIRECTOR Joel Vendette JUNIOR DESIGNER Evelyn Duenas WEB DESIGNER Carla Marroquin COPY EDITOR John Seeley STAFF WRITER Carl Kozlowski CONTRIBUTORS Karen Apostolina, Leslie Bilderback, Michael Burr, Michael Cervin, André Coleman, Caroline Cushing, Mandalit del Barco, Patt Diroll, Gary Dretzka, Lynne Heffley, Katie Klapper, Bettijane Levine, Jana Monji, Arlene Schindler, Ilsa Setziol, Kirk Silsbee, John Sollenberger, Nancy Spiller PHOTOGRAPHERS Johnny Buzzerio, Teri Lyn Fisher, Gabriel Goldberg, C.M. Hardt, Melissa Valladares ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Dina Stegon ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Fred Bankston, Dana Bonner, Lauren Kirshner, Leslie Lamm, Alison Standish ADVERTISING DESIGNER Carla Marroquin VP OF FINANCE Michael Nagami HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER Andrea Baker

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FESTIVITIES

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Tony winner Jennifer Holliday joined the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) for a spirited SRO concert of Broadway tunes at Glendale’s Alex Theatre on June 27, wrapping up the group’s 30th season. After a wide-ranging program that drew from such shows as Spring Awakening, South Pacific and Holliday’s own showcase, Dreamgirls, some 50 performers, 3

sponsors and other supporters gathered at the Americana’s Excelsior penthouse to meet Holliday and celebrate the evening.

1. (From left) GMCLA Executive Director Hywel Sims, Jennifer Holliday and Artistic Director/Conductor Bruce Mayhall

The party crescendoed with a performance by GMCLA’s quartet, NPYNK, in the diva’s honor.

2. Holliday with NPYNK 2

3. Holliday

Despite the downturn in the economy, Pasadena restaurants continued to be the culinary mainstay of the 39th annual Beastly Ball, sponsoring a dozen food sta1

tions at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s popular fundraiser. The June 20 event in Griffith Park, which honored GLAZA Trustee Laura Z. Wasserman, drew some 900 guests and raised more than $1.2 million. Pasadena’s snack brigade included Bar Celona, El Cholo, Green Street Restaurant, Il Fornaio

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Cucina Italiana, Celestino Ristorante,

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Parkway Grill, Maison Akira, Arroyo Chop House, Villa Sorriso, Spitfire Saloon,

After discovering that an employee whose spouse had

Smitty’s Grill and Café 140 South.

lost his job was having a hard time putting food on the

San Gabriel Valley restaurants also made

his heart and his sister’s Northern Italian eatery, Gale’s

a strong showing on June 27 at “An

Restaurant in Pasadena, to some 200,000 Brighton cus-

table, Brighton accessories founder Jerry Kohl opened

PHOTO: Jamie Phan (Beastly Ball)

Evening with Star Chefs,” Rosemary

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Children’s Services’ annual fundraiser at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. Joining the Beastly Ball’s Celestino, Il Fornaio and El Cholo were Charcuterie, Frontrunner, McCormick & Schmick’s, Mi Piace, Nikki C’s Restaurant & Bar, Pasadena Baking Company, The Raymond Restaurant, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and The Terrace at the Langham, Huntington Hotel. The event raised $131,000 for the Pasadena-based agency aiding abused and neglected children.

tomers on June 29 as part of the company’s monthlong “Feed Our Friends” campaign. More than 700 took him

1. (From left) Laura Wasserman and Jennifer Gruenwald with an African fish eagle at the Beastly Ball

up on his invitation to dinner, and some left anonymous donations for local food banks, which Kohl matched. The evening raised $61,784 for 15 area charities.

2. Former Dodgers pitcher Jim Gott and wife Cathy of Altadena at the zoo

1. Jerry Kohl and guest

3. The crowd at Star Chefs

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A SHOOTING STAR ALISON BRIE IS ONE OF THE BUSIEST YOUNG ACTRESSES IN HOLLYWOOD, BUT WAIT ’TIL YOU FIND OUT HOW SHE SPENDS HER FREE TIME. BY CARL KOZLOWSKI | PHOTOS BY JEFF BERLIN .

ALISON BRIE IS CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO WORLDS — THE SMALL SCREEN AND A SMALL TOWN.

The young actress is in the rare and enviable position of having major roles in two prominent TV series at once: AMC’s award-winning drama Mad Men — about an advertising firm in the early ’60s, which begins its third season this month — and NBC’s highly anticipated new Thursday-night comedy, Community, which premieres on Sept. 17 in the time slot following megahit The Office. Brie co-stars with Chevy Chase, in his first regular sitcom role, as part of a merry band of misfits, the study group of a two-year college, tutored by a character played by Joel McHale (of E! Television’s The Soup). Outside the spotlight, the South Pasadena–born-and-bred Brie still considers herself “a small-town girl.” At a recent photo shoot for this issue, Brie reflected on her impending dual career while her hair-and-makeup team transformed her from girl next door to sleek cover girl. She’d arrived for the session at Castle Green in blue jeans, flip flops and a T-shirt wryly emblazoned with the words: “Die Yuppie Scum.” “The shows couldn’t be more opposite, but what makes both great is that the writing is incredible,” Brie said, unleashing a gust of energy with frequent hand gestures and an infectious smile. “I’m an 18-year-old in college, right out of high school in present-day America on Community, and a 26-year-old housewife in the ’60s on Mad Men. The characters’ only similarity is their uptightness. I don’t know why people see me that way for series, like I’m all prim and proper, when I couldn’t be

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more different. People think I come off that way, but I’m not.” Along with the two starring roles comes the unusual challenge of juggling her schedule to accommodate both series. “I don’t really know how it’s going to play out, because we’ve only shot the pilot for Community and don’t get back to filming that until August,” said Brie. “I’m excited to do both, but I’m starting to realize there’s likely going to be a lot of shooting overlap.” Brie is already a familiar face to Mad Men aficionados as Trudy Campbell, the Upper East Side wife of ad man Pete (Vince Kartheiser), who experiences marital and fertility problems. But so far, she hasn’t been chased by the paparazzi, she said. That’s fine with Brie, who credits her “hippie” parents with keeping her feet on the ground. She’s the younger of two daughters of Joanne Brenner, director of early childhood services at the L.A.–based family service nonprofit Para Los Niños, and Terry Charles, a freelance entertainment reporter and musician who has performed at the House of Blues. “I hope people will recognize me for both [roles],” Brie said. “People never recognize me yet — well, actually once or twice, and it’s so exciting to me. If I’m at the gym or shopping or walking around town, people aren’t going to recognize me because on the show I’m so made up and my hair’s done.” Brie was smitten with acting as early as age 5, when she and her sister, Lauren, performed for neighbors. She went on to attend a theater workshop at the Barnsdall Junior Art Center in Los Feliz and played Toto in a production of The Wizard of Oz at the nearby Jewish Community Center. All the while, her parents made sure she received a solid education. “I went to South Pasadena High, which was great because the drama program there was particularly intense for my interest level,” said Brie, who still lives in South Pasadena. “It wasn’t just for people to be in the school play. I liked going to a regular —CONTINUED ON PAGE 14


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high school, having normal friends and yet being president of the drama club. It prepared me for college theater and the discipline of working in Hollywood.” Brie studied acting at the California Institute of the Arts; while enrolled there, she spent a year at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. That training paid off, according to Joe Russo, who created Community with his brother Anthony, both among the directors of the cultclassic Fox sitcom Arrested Development. “She has incredible acting chops and an ability to handle comedy as deftly as she does drama,” Russo said. “We always look for the best actors we can, because the show has a heart to it and depth as well as comedy. You need versatile actors to take audiences to the places they need to go. Her character is the antagonist for the ensemble, and we felt we needed somebody with her kind of poise and ability to be able to drive the energy and the conflict when you have guys like Joel McHale and Chevy Chase around.” As Brie headed down a hallway to change into her first frock, she talked about how she spends her increasingly limited free time. “I’m pretty mellow, and I stay around South Pasadena and Pasadena a lot because I’m a homebody who’s fine with dinner and a movie,” Brie said. “But my boyfriend is from Texas, and two years ago, I went there with him on the ultimate trip where we shot guns, drank beer and saw the rodeo. When I got back, I was like ‘Let’s go to the gun range!’ My parents are so anti-gun and I used to be, but now I feel so empowered when I go to the L.A. Gun Club downtown. It’s sort of seedy, but hey, I love going.” Just call her a shooting star. AM 14 ~ AUGUST 2009 ~ ARROYO


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PASADENA’S TADASHI SHOJI CREATES FLUID EVENINGWEAR FOR THE ROSE QUEEN, HER COURT AND FASHIONABLE WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD. PHOTOS: This page and overleaf, courtesy of Film Fashion and the Tournament of Roses

BY PATT DIROLL

DESIGNER TADASHI SHOJI’S NUMBER ONE RULE FOR LOOKING FABULOUS: DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT SUFFERING FOR BEAUTY. “PROPER FIT IS CRITICAL, AND DRAPING IS REALLY MY FORTE,” THE PASADENA RESIDENT SAID RECENTLY AT HIS DESIGN HEADQUARTERS NEAR DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES. “A WOMAN’S BIGGEST MISTAKE IS BUYING A SMALLER SIZE BECAUSE SHE THINKS IT WILL MAKE HER LOOK SMALLER. NOT SO. IT WILL ONLY EMPHASIZE EVERY FIGURE FLAW. WHEN I SPOT A WOMAN AT A PARTY AND SHE IS WEARING ONE OF MY DRESSES AND IT LOOKS GOOD ON HER, I ALWAYS INTRODUCE MYSELF AND COMPLIMENT HER. IF THE DRESS IS TOO TIGHT, I LOOK THE OTHER WAY.” —CONTINUED ON PAGE 19 ARROYO ~ AUGUST 2009 ~ 17


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“THE THEME OF MY COLLECTION IS ‘BLACK ROSE — REBIRTH — RENEWAL,’

BECAUSE I THINK THE ROSE IS VERY APPROPRIATE FOR OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CLIMATE.”

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Pictured: 2006 Rose Queen Camille Clark and her Royal Court in Tadashi

While studying at Trade Tech, he met the celebrated rock ’n’ roll designer Bill Whitten, who quickly recognized his talent. Whitten was known for Shoji’s attitude may set him apart from many of his peers, but his coundesigning such flamboyant costume icons as Michael Jackson’s trademark terintuitive approach has helped him forge an eveningwear empire with more white glove and Elton John’s feathered gorilla suit. “During the ’70s, every than 4,000 retail outlets around the world. His desire to accommodate his cusmajor rock star demanded Whitten as their costumer,” Shoji recalled. “It was a tomer — rather than the other way around — has also won him a firm world apart from the contemporary art scene of Tokyo. Actually, at the time, I foothold in another kingdom: the Tournament of Roses Royal Court, which he didn’t even know who some of these performers were.” has served as Exclusive Gown Provider since 2004. After earning a degree in fashion design, he began working for the late “I love all [his gowns for the court], and I also wear Tadashi myself,” said designer Mr. Blackwell. “Blackwell’s company was small, so I had to sketch the Tournament spokeswoman Caryn Eaves. “I loved the gown in 2004. I just think gown, make the pattern, make the sample, deal with the contractors and see it it was a very flattering style.” through to production,” he said. “Blackwell never sketched or cut a pattern, but Unlike the often conceptual bent of Japanese he had an amazing eye. He would tell me, ‘Shoji, just make me a pretty dress.’ designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Shoji’s aesthetic is When the outfit was completed, he would look it over and catch the pure femininity, with fluid, comfortable silhouettes smallest detail he didn’t like and make me correct it. designed to show off a woman’s figure, in chiffon, He also knew his customers. If the crinkle silk and georgette. His fall 2009 collection woman was a longtime client and had is rich in ruffles and color, inspired in part by his gone up a size or two over the years, he Pasadena garden. always made sure that a size 8 tag was “The theme of my collection is ‘Black Rose sewn into her latest gown. In just 2½ — Rebirth — Renewal,’ because I think the rose years with Blackwell, I learned the busiis very appropriate for our current economic ness from A to Z.” and social climate,” said the dapper designer. Seeing opportunity in the underserved “Our sales have gone down about 10 percent, eveningwear market, Shoji launched his but in the last six months, we have been own eponymous label in 1982. The Tadashi catching up. I am optimistic that times will Collection, which ranges in price from $300 take a turn for the better, and that’s why I to $500, is carried by high-end department am incorporating vivid accent colors in stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks rose, geranium, desert blossom and Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. hyacinth to express this.” For New York’s Fall 2007 Mercedes-Benz Also setting Shoji apart from most other high-end Fashion Week, he introduced the Tadashi Shoji designers are his collections for larger women. Signature Collection — couture pieces created In an industry dominated by big names who with luxurious fabrics and hand-embroidered beading, which sniff at dressing anyone larger than size 12 — range from $500 to $1,000 and can be specially ordered through even though the average American woman wears his boutiques at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and the a size 14 — Shoji, 62, has produced eveningwear Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. for up to size 24, a departure that has earned him Shoji’s newest store opened in September in Beijing, fans like Queen Latifah and Jennifer Hudson as where the same designs are embellished with more rhinewell as trimmer celebrities, including Halle Berry, stones. “We add bling for Beijing,” he said with a wink, Deborah Messing and Brooke Shields. I “because customers in China and Southeast Asia like more Shoji’s flexibility has literally paid off: The J HO ASHI S — TAD glitz.” About 85 percent of his clothes are manufactured in queen-size versions of his gowns account for China after being designed here. Future plans include another store in about $5 million of his company’s annual revenue L.A.’s Melrose area and expansion of the three-year-old Shoji Home Collection of $60 million. As he told The Wall Street Journal, of aromatic soy candles to include bed and bath. “Certain people said, ‘This is not our image.’ But I said, ‘We can sell it —why Shoji may have global ambitions, but he’s very much a homeboy. His not?’ We aren’t doing art — this is commerce.” enthusiasm for Pasadena, where he has lived in a zen-inflected minimalist That’s somewhat ironic, considering that he did in fact start out as an home since 2002, prompted him to join forces with the Tournament of Roses. artist. Born in Sendai, Japan, a city 180 miles north of Tokyo, Shoji began paintHe first dressed the Royal Court through Nordstrom, which acted as intermeing and drawing as a child. After high school, he moved to Tokyo to study fine diary; in 2004, he struck an agreement with the Tournament to be an official art. There he earned an apprenticeship with Jiro Takamatsu, a noted artist in sponsor. “This is something he feels is important for the community, and we Japan’s anti-art and Fluxus movements of the ’60s and ’70s. certainly love to work with him,” Eaves said. But New York was calling. Painters of the New York School were stealing And besides, leading a global lifestyle takes its toll. “I make four trips a Paris’ title as capital of the art world for their own city; with New York as his year to China, and I stay there for about three weeks each time, which means I ultimate goal, Shoji came to Los Angeles to study art, but a friend here perhave a problem with jet lag and wake up at all hours. That’s why I am always suaded him to focus on a more practical career. After enrolling at L.A.’s Trade happy to come back to the peace and quiet of my Pasadena home with its Technical College, Shoji found his groove in fashion design, a pursuit that beautiful view of the Arroyo.” AM would become his life’s passion.

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FIT IS R E P “PRO ICAL. A ST CRIT AN’S BIGGEING WOMAKE IS BUY MIST ALLER SIZE A SM USE SHE BECAKS IT WILL THIN HER MAKE SMALLER.” LOOK

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The very first retail order for Kale purses came from the blue-blooded Barneys New York. More upscale stores, including Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom’s, followed suit. Now the Kales’ wares are in chic boutiques from New York to Tokyo. And it all began (and continues) here in Arroyoland. Of course, high-fashion leathers are nothing new to Pasadenans who sport totes and satchels by Prada, Gucci, Hermes, Vuitton and Fendi. Along with those venerable Old World labels, you’ll now also spot the Sierra Madre–spawned Kales — a homegrown breed of lush leather purses with high-function hardware and sensuous signature linings that zap the eyes only when the bags are open. All Kale handbags have interiors of butter-soft suede in a marvelous (and surprisingly neutral) shade of fuschia. Anne Riley-Katz, West Coast retail editor of Women’s Wear Daily, recalls the almost immediate popularity of the sisters’ oversize weekend bags and commodious totes. “There were some hobo styles and a modified version of the bowling bag,” she says. “Very classic in style, but some of the hardware and embellishments made them unique. You don’t want to carry what everyone else has. You want something that is on trend and yet has some semblance of individual style.” So forget for a moment those flashy baggagerie hubs of Paris, Milan and New York. Focus instead on the San Gabriel Valley and its leafy environs — a Glendale living room to be exact — where one day in 2002, the Kale sisters threw a large piece of leather on the floor and decided to make a handbag out of it. They’d each been living picaresque lives, going to school and then building careers that lacked a certain something. Jennifer, now 38, waited tables and sold clothing at Fred Segal while she took courses at Santa Monica City College and studied interior design at UCLA. She followed that with stints in TV production coordination and the flower business in West Hollywood. After that came a dip into shoe importing, the result of a trip to Thailand to hunt for flower vases. For a while, Jennifer imported flat and wedge sandals that were a hit in the U.S. —CONTINUED ON PAGE 32 ARROYO ~ AUGUST 2009 ~ 31


FALL FASHION

A Fashion Fairy Tale SISTERS JENNIFER AND LESLIE KALE TRIED THEIR LUCK AT LAUNCHING AN EPONYMOUS LINE OF LUXURY HANDBAGS AND THEN WATCHED THEIR DREAMS COME TRUE. BY B.J. LORENZO | PORTRAITS BY GABRIEL GOLDBERG

IF YOU LIKE CINDERELLA STORIES, YOU’LL LOVE THE TALE OF THE SISTERS KALE.

THE TWO LOVELY SIBLINGS, JENNIFER AND LESLIE, LEFT THEIR TEXAS HOMETOWN OF SAN ANTONIO ABOUT 20 YEARS BACK IN SEARCH OF LOVE AND ADVENTURE. THEY FOUND ALL THAT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — AND ALONG THE WAY, THEY FOUNDED A LUXURY HANDBAG COMPANY THAT HAS TAKEN THE FASHION WORLD BY SURPRISE.

This page: Jennifer (left) and Leslie Kale created a homegrown breed of lush leather purses from a dollop of inspiration and a large skin from a local shoe shop. Opposite (from left): Palmer Tote ($495); Silla Grab ($595); Palmer ($645)

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The very first retail order for Kale purses came from the blue-blooded Barneys New York. More upscale stores, including Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom’s, followed suit. Now the Kales’ wares are in chic boutiques from New York to Tokyo. And it all began (and continues) here in Arroyoland. Of course, high-fashion leathers are nothing new to Pasadenans who sport totes and satchels by Prada, Gucci, Hermes, Vuitton and Fendi. Along with those venerable Old World labels, you’ll now also spot the Sierra Madre–spawned Kales — a homegrown breed of lush leather purses with high-function hardware and sensuous signature linings that zap the eyes only when the bags are open. All Kale handbags have interiors of butter-soft suede in a marvelous (and surprisingly neutral) shade of fuschia. Anne Riley-Katz, West Coast retail editor of Women’s Wear Daily, recalls the almost immediate popularity of the sisters’ oversize weekend bags and commodious totes. “There were some hobo styles and a modified version of the bowling bag,” she says. “Very classic in style, but some of the hardware and embellishments made them unique. You don’t want to carry what everyone else has. You want something that is on trend and yet has some semblance of individual style.” So forget for a moment those flashy baggagerie hubs of Paris, Milan and New York. Focus instead on the San Gabriel Valley and its leafy environs — a Glendale living room to be exact — where one day in 2002, the Kale sisters threw a large piece of leather on the floor and decided to make a handbag out of it. They’d each been living picaresque lives, going to school and then building careers that lacked a certain something. Jennifer, now 38, waited tables and sold clothing at Fred Segal while she took courses at Santa Monica City College and studied interior design at UCLA. She followed that with stints in TV production coordination and the flower business in West Hollywood. After that came a dip into shoe importing, the result of a trip to Thailand to hunt for flower vases. For a while, Jennifer imported flat and wedge sandals that were a hit in the U.S. —CONTINUED ON PAGE 32 ARROYO ~ AUGUST 2009 ~ 31


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Leslie, 42, had also studied design, at the University of Texas, before coming to L.A., where she tried on jobs as a wardrobe stylist and art director before seguing into a successful career as a set designer for films, TV, videos and commercials. (She’s currently the design director for hotel and restaurant designer Dodd Mitchell.) But the sisters Kale wanted to do something together, something great, something to call their own. “Something truly creative,” says Jennifer, who moved to Pasadena in 2005. SUNDAY August 9, 2009

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They’d purchased that first piece of experimental leather at a neighborhood shoe repair shop. “This was before the big handbag craze,” Jennifer says. “We’d both been working for a while, and we realized there weren’t any great work bags to carry all your stuff around in — something to hold your files, computer and the rest of the essential paraphernalia.” Their initial design was a big expandable tote called the Daytripper. “First we found an importer of the finest Italian leather. Then Leslie found a place locally to make the hardware we’d designed. We found a patternmaker.” After the Daytripper prototype was set to go, they spent nearly a year designing an entire collection around it. “Our grandmother was an artist and sculptor,” Jennifer says. “She had just died, and we’d been extremely close to her. And her favorite color was fuchsia.” So when the sisters looked for a signature luxury touch for their collection — something unique and truly meaningful — they decided all their bags would have a soft suede lining in their grandmother’s favorite color. But they still had no idea how to entice buyers at top department stores into even looking at their line — until serendipity stepped in. Jennifer’s husband, Chris Fogel, was a music producer whose manager had a friend whose mother ran a fashion showroom in New York. It was a long shot, but, Jennifer says, “We took some photos of our bags and emailed them to her. She wrote back and said she’d like to see the bags, and us, in person.” Leslie and Jennifer packed their samples and flew to New York. “Leslie isn’t a big people person. We decided I’d be the front man for our company. I took the meeting, and [the showroom owner] loved everything we had. They loved the character of the [lamb and goat] leathers, the hardware, the styling. They said it was something new in the marketplace.” The sisters flew home and took their samples to a local manufacturer who produced the collection. Then they shipped one of everything to the showroom in New York. The day the boxes arrived and were being unpacked, buyers from Barney’s just happened to walk in. “They saw the collection — half of it still in boxes — and they bought it right then,” Jennifer says, still sounding surprised. That first season in business, they grossed $200,000 in sales. “It’s grown steadily ever since,” Jennifer says. Now she’s starting a lower-priced line called Trace, which Neiman Marcus will begin carrying in September. Also that month, the sisters are redesigning their web site, kalehandbags.com. “We also want to open a little Kale boutique here in Pasadena, and we’re going to sell direct from our new Web site as well as in stores, starting this fall.” And so the Kale family saga marches on. Grandma would be proud. AM


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DAY ONE YOUTH MONTH OFFERS WHOLESOME FUN Day One, a nonprofit that battles substance abuse, celebrates its 15th annual Youth Month in association with the City of Pasadena. The event features 60 free and low-cost activities for young people. Registration is required for all events. Highlights include: July 31 — Youth Month festivities kick off with “Neon II” — the blue carpet premiere teen dance at Day One — open to ages 13 through 18. It runs from 9 a.m. to midnight and costs $5. Aug. 15 — A Youth Summit at the Pasadena City College Community Education Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. offers speakers and workshops on healthy relationships, youth empowerment, conflict resolution, peer pressure and media influence on alcohol and drug use. Free breakfast and lunch are provided. Aug. 28 — Youth Fest Luau at Day One from 5 to 8 p.m. includes games, food and entertainment for families. Day One is located at 175 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. PCC’s Community Education Center is at 3035 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 229-9750 or visit dayonepasadena.com.

PHOTOS: Southwest Musuem tower by Greg Lindy; Kidspace courtesy of Kidspace Children’s Museum; Mitchell Long courtesy of Descanso Gardens

COOL CARS SHOW AND SHINE IN PASADENA Aug. 1 — The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) presents its first Show ’n’ Shine Car Show at the Pasadena Convention Center, with more than 200 vehicles representing a broad swath of car culture — hot rods, muscle cars, exotics and sport compacts. The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., also features the second annual “SEMA Cares Pinewood Drag Races,” presented by eBay Motors. Chip Foose of TLC’s Overhaulin’ serves as grand marshal of the show, which benefits Childhelp and the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Show admission costs $5 for adults and is free for children ages 10 and under. Car show entry applications are available at sema.org/carshow. Registration for the Pinewood Drag Races is available at sema.org/derby. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (626) 7932122 or visit sema.org.

THE RETURN OF

THE TOWER AND NATIVE

AMERICAN FILMS AT THE SOUTHWEST MUSEUM The Southwest Museum of the American Indian celebrates the recent completion of repairs to its Caracol Tower, damaged during the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Also on tap are these free film screenings: Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26 — The Southern California Indian Center Native American Film Festival features weekly films from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., starting with Standing Silent Nation (2007). The movie explores the fate of Native Americans like Alex White Plume, who glimpsed a bright future when the Oglala Sioux Tribe passed an ordinance distinguishing industrial hemp from its illegal cousin, marijuana. But then the Drug Enforcement Administration disrupted the hemp harvest. The series continues with March Point (2008) on Aug. 12, Alcatraz is Not an Island (2001) on Aug. 19 and Pow Wow Highway (1989) on Aug. 26. The Southwest Museum is located at 234 Museum Dr., Los Angeles. Call (323) 2212164 or visit autrynationalcenter.org.

SINGLES BET ON A GOOD TIME Aug. 1 —Super Singles Mixers hosts an event for ages 40 to 59 from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Romanesque Room of Pasadena’s historic Green Street Hotel. The evening features a James Bond–flavored casino night and dance party, with gaming tables and gambling chips included with admission. Also scheduled are a raffle, a dessert buffet and booths offering handwriting analysis and reflexology. Guests in Bond-style costumes receive an extra raffle ticket. Admission costs $25, cash only, at the door. The Green Street Hotel is located at 50 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (213) 999-9899 or visit supersinglemixers.com.

A GREEN TECHNOLOGY FORUM COMES TO TOWN Aug. 2, 3 and 4 — The Green Tech Connect Forum brings together emerging green technology developers, government officials and investors at the Pasadena Convention Center. The event is part of the Helping Hand Initiative adopted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Green technology developers will discuss their companies, technologies and funding needs with prospective funding partners. The event runs from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4. A free pre-conference workshop to help entrepreneurs develop a green technology business plan and identify possible funding sources meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 2. The Pasadena Convention Center is located at 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Call (909) 3962221 or visit greentechconnectforum.com.

KIDSPACE FAMILY NIGHT FEATURES CHILDREN’S ART Aug. 4 — Artworks by children ages 6 to 10 and by artistteachers of the California Art Club go on display from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Kidspace Children’s Museum’s monthly Free Family Night. The works were created during a one-week workshop on plein air techniques, offered as part of the club’s centennial. Admission is free. Kidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-9144 or visit kidspacemuseum.org.

THE FOOTHILLS ARE ALIVE WITH WINE AND MUSIC Aug. 6 and 20 — Australian wines and food pairings will be presented Aug. 6, with a sake tasting scheduled for Aug. 20. Both events run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Call Patina at (818) 7903663 for reservations. The cost for each tasting is $54 ($49 for members). Aug. 6 — The warm nights and cool sounds of Descanso’s Summer Concert Series continue with a performance by the —CONTINUED ON PAGE 40 ARROYO ~ AUGUST 2009 ~ 39


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Mitchell Long Group from 5:30 to 7 p.m., free with admission to the gardens. Guests are encouraged to bring picnics and blankets to sit on. Aug. 14 and 15 — The Patina Group and the Pasadena POPS team up for evenings of dining and music about star-crossed love, with selections from Romeo and Juliet, Superman, Batman and Gone with the Wind. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30. For concert tickets (from $20 to $90), call (626) 793-7172 or visit pasadenapops.org. For dinner reservations, visit patinagroup.com/descanso. For dinner information, call (818) 790-3663. Dinner orders must be received by 2 p.m. the Wednesday before the performance. Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge. Call (818) 9494200 or visit descansogardens.org.

THE CAL PHIL BIDS GOODBYE TO SUMMER

DIVINE DEMONS VISIT NORTON SIMON Aug. 14 — Buddhist artworks depicting fearsome gods come to the Norton Simon Museum in “Divine Demons: Wrathful Deities in Buddhist Art,” an exhibition opening Aug. 14 and continuing through March 8, 2010. Unlike the smiling Buddhas and other serene figures in the museum’s collection, some of these gods are shown baring fangs, drinking blood or wearing garlands of severed heads, embodying the demonic side of the divine and serving as guardians of the Buddhist faith. The show includes 18 sculptures, paintings and ceremonial objects from the Norton Simon’s permanent collection. Admission costs $8 for adults and $4 for seniors ages 62 and above; it’s free for members, visitors ages 18 and under and students with ID. Admission is free for all the first Monday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. The Norton Simon Museum is located at 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Call (626) 449-6840 or visit nortonsimon.org.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES Aug. 22 — The jazz vocal group Remember When honors the U.S. military and celebrates the 50th anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood with a 7 p.m. performance of World War II–era music at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Alhambra. The performance includes classic jazz, big band and swing music, highlighted by a women’s trio singing such Andrews Sisters classics as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree. Tickets cost $15. The Center for the Visual and Performing Arts is located at 1850 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra. Call (626) 230-5435 or visit cvpaministry.com. 40 ~ AUGUST 2009 ~ ARROYO

FLYING LEGENDS AND VIRTUOSO YOUTH AT THE HUNTINGTON

Aug. 12 — Aviation pioneer Florence Lowe “Pancho” Barnes is the subject of a discussion and documentary screening at 7 p.m. Nick Spark and Amanda Pope, the writer/producer and director of The Legend of Pancho Barnes, appear at the Huntington to discuss the making of their documentary and the colorful career of the late San Marino debutante (1901–1975) who became a barnstorming stunt pilot and one of the most accomplished female fliers of the last century. A screening of the film follows. Admission is free. Aug. 16 — Young musicians from the Virtuoso International Flute Ensemble of Fremont, California, and members of the San Gabriel Valley–based Olympia Youth Orchestra perform a concert of Chinese compositions and contemporary works at 2 p.m. Admission is free. The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. Call (626) 405-2100 or visit huntington.org.

FREE LECTURES AT THE PASADENA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC Aug. 22 — Musicologist Priscilla Pawlicki discusses chamber music that will be performed in Pasadena during the 2009-10 season by Camerata Pacifica, Coleman Chamber Music, Ensemble Green, Pacific Serenades and Southwest Chamber Music. The lecture begins at 1 p.m. Aug. 29 — Carlos Rafael Rivera discusses “Rhapsody in Blue: How Gershwin Made a Lady Out of Jazz,” an in-depth exploration of one of the 20th century’s most iconic compositions. The talk starts at 1 p.m. The Pasadena Conservatory of Music is located at 100 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 6833355 for reservations or visit pasadenaconservatory.org. AM

PHOTO: “Pancho” Barnes photo courtesy of The Huntington; Divine Demons photo courtesy of Norton Simon

Aug. 8, 9, 21, 22 and 23 — The California Philharmonic ends its summer season with a quintet of concerts, part of its Festival on the Green series at the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The performances repeat at Walt Disney Concert Hall. On Aug. 8, “Movie Magic” features excerpts from movie soundtracks, including The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Alexandre Desplat and The Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore. The Arboretum’s gates open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-concert picnics. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and is repeated at 2 p.m. Aug. 9 at Disney Hall. On Aug. 21, the Cal Phil presents its Family Night concert at the Arboretum. The free 5 p.m. event was underwritten with a $15,000 grant from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. Before the performance, families can visit music education booths offering a conducting class by orchestra founder Victor Vener and have a chance to build their own instruments. On Aug. 22, the orchestra presents “Broadway’s Best” at 7:30 p.m. at the Arboretum, featuring soundtrack excerpts from Gypsy, Wicked, Hairspray, Mama Mia and The Merry Widow. The concert repeats at 2 p.m. Aug. 23 at Disney Hall. The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Call (626) 300-8200 or visit calphil.org. Disney Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Call (213) 365-3500 or visit ticketmaster.com.


KITCHEN CONFESSIONS

Fork Quest: Los Angeles SEARCHING FOR THE EPITOME OF L.A. EATING BY LESLIE BILDERBACK | PHOTOS BY TERI LYN FISHER

We are expecting out-of-town guests who will be

Among the people I surveyed (in a very unscientific way…I went to culinary school, not Caltech), burgers were the number one choice when asked to name the

visiting Los Angeles for the very first time. In addition

typical Los Angeles food. Most responded with Tommy Burgers, Fatburgers or In-NOut. These joints are good, as are any number of burger places sprinkled around

to the usual trips to Disneyland, Hollywood

the city. But quintessentially L.A.? I think not. The burger was not invented here, and the first hamburger chain did not open here. That distinction goes to White

Boulevard and Universal Studios, there is a certain

Castle, which has been hawking patties since it opened in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. That same year, The Pig Stand opened in Dallas and became the first eatery to

culinary expectation most of our visitors have, given

forgo tables and bring food right to people’s cars. In 1923, A&W opened its first drive-in in Sacramento, launching America’s first franchised restaurant chain. Los

my occupation. They want the quintessential L.A.

Angeles cannot even claim the McDaddy of them all, which, as we all know, hails from San Bernardino (not even the right county). So we can cross burgers, drive-ins

experience, and I want to give it to them — but what

and fast food off the list of archetypal Angeleno food. More than a few Southlanders thought our famous food should be the fish

is that? Is there a quintessential Los Angeles cui-

taco. I love tacos, and I am as fond of a good roach coach as the next guy. But it is a well documented fact that fish tacos come from Baja. There can be no dis-

sine? This is my conundrum. Let me start with a disclaimer. I am not an L.A. native; I am a San Franciscan. The fact that I, of all people, should be championing L.A. food is, in itself, a little weird. But I have lived and worked in the food business here, my kids were born

pute. Just because there is a lot of something in a place doesn’t make it the thing. If that were the rule, we would have to claim Starbuck’s as the typical Los Angeles eatery. Do we really want to go down that road? I think not. Many want Pink’s to represent L.A. in the Food Hall of Fame (no, there isn’t a

here and I do (sort of) like it. So I feel a twinge of maternal duty and a responsibil-

food hall of fame, but I am thinking of starting one), but I am sure we can all agree

ity to the craft to find the ideal food that best represents Los Angeles.

that the hot dog is not a Los Angeles food. And if we were to suggest that Pink’s

This is not a job I could do on my own. My idea of typical L.A. food is anything you

makes the best hot dog, we would launch ourselves into a battle royal, pitting

eat while wearing sunglasses. So I recruited my Angeleno friends, who, as it turned out,

brother against brother, east against west, Dodger against Yankee. The only red

were no help at all. Their answers were all different. It seems that L.A. isn’t known for

badge of courage I want is a dribble of ketchup on my shirt. Pink’s is a landmark,

anything in particular. We all have our favorites, and Angelenos who’ve left town will tell

for sure, but I think it is something only Angelenos hold near and dear. Tourists

you what it is they miss most. But these dishes are unheard of once you leave L.A.

just wonder why the lines are so long. No outsider ever thought it was worth the

County. Philly has the cheesesteak, Memphis has barbeque, Chicago has brats and

wait (unless they saw a movie star in line).

deep dish, but unless you live here, there is no famous food from L.A. We have bubkis.

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Then there is the Great French Dip Debate. This sandwich actually was invented here, but no one outside of L.A. knows or cares. The rest of the world thinks the French Dip is a French recipe (which would make the great chef Auguste Escoffier spin like a Lawry’s salad in his grave). Philippe's (pronounced fill-EEPS, not fill-eep-AYS) claims the French Dip as its own, as does Cole’s P.E. Buffet (P.E. stands for Pacific Electric, the name of the building that houses it, the former main terminal of the Pacific Electric Railway). The originator was actually Philippe’s founder, Philippe Mathieu, a French immigrant. Stories abound about the origin of the French Dip, including numerous tales of the accidental dropping of a roast beef sandwich in jus. I particularly like the one about the guy who needed a softer sandwich because his mouth hurt from recent dental work. I dare you to find a restaurant today that provides that kind of service. Wood-fired pizzas have been mentioned as a possible L.A.–esque food. Not your standard pepperoni, mind you, but those offered first at Spago 25 years ago, with toppings only a Californian would love. Of course, now everyone dining at the California Pizza Kitchen (operating in 33 states and 10 other countries) or taking home Puck’s frozen pizza has had this style of pizza, which means the woodfired variety is no longer unique or special. We might be able to categorize it as the quintessential airport terminal food, though. If we are looking for classic Los Angeles food, we really have to look to the great dining rooms of the past. Sadly, the only people who remember those joints are the elderly and fanatics of I Love Lucy. The Brown Derby was the birthplace of

Angelenos will be thrilled with this dish, but you may need to explain it to outsiders.

the Cobb Salad and Chiffon Cake, but that fact has been lost in the culinary annals. There were several Derby locations, but the one shaped like a hat was on Wilshire. The skeleton of that iconic building is still there, stripped of its dignity and its leather booths, sitting atop the Brown Derby Plaza, a pitiful but proud sentinel of the strip mall. Chasen’s is another lost Hollywood landmark. There you were sure to see Alfred Hitchcock or Jackie Gleason or Liz Taylor slurping chili (that, again, not

Ingredients 1 4-lb. beef rump roast 1 carrot, chopped rough 1 stalk celery, chopped rough 2 shallots, minced ¼ cup dry sherry

3½ cups water 4 French rolls 2 tablespoons butter Salt and pepper to taste

an original Los Angeles food). Now, you can see soccer moms, as it is currently a Bristol Farms. (Thumbs up to Bristol for furnishing their café with some original booths and paneling from Chasen’s.) It’s not just the old places that are gone. Pivotal modern restaurants have been lost as well. L’Orangerie was the last outpost of classic fine French dining in town. The eight-course tasting menu was something to be saved up for. And while Alice Waters was getting all the press in Berkeley, chefs in Los Angeles were also adding fresh, local flavor to classic fare. Of those innovative kitchens, Michael’s in Santa Monica is the last bastion. Ma Maison, La Toque, Trumps and Citrus each

Method 1. In a large roasting pan, combine rump roast, carrot, celery, shallots, sherry and water. Cover tightly with foil and place in a 200˚ oven for 6 hours. (Alternately, ingredients can be placed in a slow cooker at a low setting for 7 hours.) 2. Remove meat and slice thinly on the bias. Keep warm. 3. Strain vegetables out of broth, and season with salt and pepper to taste. 4. Open rolls and toast in a 350˚ oven or toaster oven. Spread each side liberally with butter. Fill with sliced beef, and serve with a small cup of broth for dipping.

sprang the young culinarians who would change the direction of California Cuisine.

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But still, none run what we would call the archetypal L.A. eatery.

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had their say and irreversibly changed the way L.A. eats. And from those kitchens

There are some places that still serve up a bit of history. Musso and Frank

Brown Derby Plaza, 3377 Wilshire Blvd. (near Vermont), L.A.

can’t be beat for old-time charm and flannel cakes. Everyone loves a doughnut

Chasen’s (Bristol Farms), 9039 Beverly Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 248-2804

from Randy’s, a Toad in the Hole at the Tam O’Shanter or a burger at the Apple

Cole’s, 118 E. 6th Street (at Main), L.A., (213) 622-4090

Pan. And there are countless other places that are still hanging on — probably in

Fatburger (original stand, now closed), 3021 Western Ave. (at 31st Street), L.A.,

your neighborhood — serving up a slice of Los Angeles history along with their pie.

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In the end, I decided that there is no typical L.A. food. We do food like we do

Lawry’s the Prime Rib, 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 652-2827

everything else in L.A. — we glam it up. We take what we can get, we improve it and

Michael’s Restaurant, 1147 3rd Street, Santa Monica, (310) 451-0843

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Musso and Frank Grill, 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 467-7788

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Tommy’s Original World Famous Hamburgers, 2575 Beverly Blvd. (at Rampart),

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