Although veteran L.A. designer Adriana Caras is best known for shoes and handbags, her jump to swimwear with the new Italian-made line LeSwim is far from unexpected. “I’m a California native, but also a second-generation Greek-American, so it’s no surprise I have an inherent connection with the water,” she says. Also new this summer: six Italian-made but très-Grecian leather sandal styles. leswim.it. Jersey rash guard with gold zipper, $276.
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HEATHER SEVERS St y l e D i re c to r BOLINAS It’s my first summer in California and my mission is to become a surfer. I love the untouched, rustic beauty of this NorCal town, where I’ll be learning to catch a wave with lessons from 2 Mile Surf Shop. 22 Brighton Ave., Bolinas, 415-868-0264; 2milesurf.com. I’ll also be stocking up on swimwear from one of my favorite brands—the O.C.based MIKOH (especially their high-neck halter-style bikinis, $220)—and for surfing, the sporty, yet fashion-forward CYNTHIA ROWLEY athletic-stripe wet suit ($210). netaporter.com; cynthiarowley.com. ISABEL MARANT On my way up north, I can’t wait to check out the new boutique in San Francisco to shop for pieces that embody that Parisian essence. 455 Jackson St., S.F.; isabelmarant.com. FIGUE This is my go-to brand for all things bohemian chic, created by Stephanie von Watzdorf, who travels the world to find eclectic jewelry and oneof-a-kind items. The ultimate must-have? Her reclaimed military jackets embellished with hand-beaded designs. Available at Elyse Walker, 15306 Antioch St., P.P., 310230-8882; fwrd.com; figue.com.
Fashion (Turn) DOG DAYS Mirrored leather Nina bag, $365.
Talk about spot-on: Jimmy Choo’s latest capsule collection features Brazilian artist Rafael Mantesso’s beloved English bull terrier, who is actually named Jimmy Choo. Each piece depicts the adorable pup in one of a trio of playful poses—sipping a martini, deejaying and daydreaming about (what else?) shoes. Glamorous leather dog collars round out the range, naturally. 240 Via Rodeo Dr., B.H., 310-860-9045; jimmychoo.com.
Add the new Rolex Yacht-Master to your summer wishlist. The black and 18-karat-rose-gold design features an oysterflex bracelet—a patented style that looks like a classic sport watch but is actually assembled from titanium blades covered in a high-performance synthetic rubber, making it waterproof, indestructible and incredibly cool. Ben Bridge, 3251 20th Ave., Ste. 142, Stonestown Galleria, S.F., 415-564-4455; benbridge.com.
Yacht-Master 37mm watch, $22,000.
Mary Katrantzou bags on display at Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery in Los Angeles, $1,070 each.
Topping the list of things that never get old? Monograms. Which is why London-based designer Mary Katrantzou’s new Initials collection, a collaboration with luxury e-commerce site Matches Fashion, is so eagerly anticipated. Inspired by the digital print savant’s typography, each tote bag features a letter of the alphabet, along with a collage of graphic prints straight from Katrantzou’s imagination. matchesfashion.com.
WRITTEN BY KATHRYN ROMEYN AND HEATHER SEVERS. SEVERS: CYLE SUESZ. MARY KATRANTZOU: COURTESY OF MATCHESFASHION.COM
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