Have you ever wondered why the ladies of Los Angeles take off their furs as soon as the temperature drops below 70? It’s the dry heat, darling. The city’s desert climate means summer temperatures drop as soon as the sun goes down, allowing Angelenos to contract before heading into the night. Last week, Moncler tossed its hat to the Los Angeles winter sports ring with the opening of its new West Coast flagship. The weather was mild on the evening the boutique opened, but that didn’t stop the city’s It crowd from wearing the Italian luxury label’s signature down styles from head to toe. The new boutique on Beverly Hills’ iconic Rodeo Drive is a multi-story, cavernous proposition with a sculptural central staircase that appears to be carved into an alpine rock wall. Mirrored walls and light wood accents illuminate the room in which pieces of the label are presented genius and Grenoble collections, which give the earthy mountain aesthetic an unmistakable Californian flair.
Kiernan Shipka at the opening of Moncler’s new location on Rodeo Drive.
To open the boutique, Moncler partnered with Los Angeles-based artist Steven Harrington, whose vibrant psychedelic pop creations the Signature mix of timelessness and cross-genre innovation to create a range of distinctive art objects available for sale and spread throughout the space. First up is a larger than life Moncler Pupazzo, located on the boutique’s ground floor, clad in the brand’s signature down jacket and holding a palm tree – a perfect embodiment of the label’s limitless style – from the beach to the mountain top.
Steve Harrington at the opening of Moncler’s new location on Rodeo Drive.
The Panorama Shelter is a special type of teardrop camper with a design that aims to blend the inside with the outside. It is a Dutch concept that was developed to travel around the Netherlands and showcase its landscapes.
This bespoke shelter is the collaboration of Kip Caravans, a Dutch caravan manufacturer, and six other partners, including the Dutch Bureau for Tourism and Conventions (NBTC). It is part of a program called Ode to the Landscape, which aims to promote tourism in the Netherlandsthrough a series of events and excursions that will take place throughout the year.
The Panorama Shelter is a more artistic and improved version of the Shelter Camper by Kip. The original camper is the company’s smallest trailer, measuring 4.5 m and weighing 560 kg. The trailer has a very open design with windows on top and on both sides. But this new version received even larger panoramic windows and their number was also increased in order to make traveler feel as close as possible to the nature that surrounds you.
There is a tall window on the front door, large windows on the right and left that cover most of the side walls, and a pop-top roof with cotton cloth. They are all thermally insulated to ensure a comfortable indoor temperature in summer and to maintain warmth in winter.
The Panorama Shelter is spacious and fully equipped. It has a kitchen with a fridge, a spacious sofa bed with a 2 m long bed and a mobile toilet box. The sink has a faucet that works for outside showers. There is a built-in 240V power supply and an induction hob that you can use to prepare your meals indoors or outdoors.
Unfortunately that is Panorama protection was specially developed for the “Ode to the Landscape” program, so it will not be offered for sale. Hopefully Kip Caravans will consider adding the model to their range, but for now you can still choose between the other models available on their website.