Welcome to El Paseo Local Color – showcasing El Paseo personalities with in depth interviews, behind the scenes content and more.
Diamonds Are Forever
These are pre-1920s,” Raju Mehta says without skipping a beat. Like an archaeologist identifying the time period of an ancient tool by sight — a skill gleaned from decades of experience — this fine jeweler knows his stuff and, since opening El Paseo Jewelers in 1998, has developed a reputation as a diamond expert
Gifts That Dazzle
Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift? Pop into the recently remodeled Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers on El Paseo in Palm Desert to find a stunning piece of jewelry or an heirloom timepiece for that special someone — or yourself. Ahhh, Valentine’s Day. However you celebrate — solo, with your best friends, or with a significant other — it’s the perfect excuse to dote on yourself and those you hold near and dear. So, add a little sparkle to your shopping list.
The Fine Art of Modern Living
We chat with business developer Stephanie Duval, co-owner of the Danish furnishings showroom BoConcept on El Paseo in Palm Desert, about living simply with great design. “In your home, if you have the right element and the right feeling — a good vibe — you’re going to be happier than having tons of things that don’t make you happy…
Ready to Rock
You deserve a night out. What better way to mix things up than gathering safely with friends outdoors for a few splashes of wine and an alfresco concert? Set against the scenic backdrop of strobe-lit palms and starry skies, live music takes over the center lawn at The Gardens on El Paseo every Saturday night, January 22 to March 12.
Interior Design for Your Best Self
Mick Fox, co-founder of Fig + Nash, shares a few actionable tips for redecorating at home and lets us in on the design trends his team is most excited to explore in 2022. Mick Fox and Dino Raimondi love helping people create living environments that allow them to be their best selves.
Toast of the Town
For a resort-inspired holiday look that transitions easily from day to night, stop by Johnny Was at The Gardens on El Paseo. Their boho-chic threads are known for elevated stitch work and luxe fabrications. Patchwork patterns and florals make a regular appearance, but this holiday season, it’s all about a subdued palette and mixed textures.
Say It With Style
Curate your wardrobe with chic apparel, accessories, and fine jewelry. Desert fashion is all about easy, effortless style. It combines the best of resort and gala-worthy evening wear with lived-in vintage and one-of-a-kind artisan adornments. There’s a dash of midcentury modern cool and a tendency toward breezy, natural materials. All of that — and more — awaits shoppers on El Paseo.
Dress Your Nest
Outfit your home with designer curios and furnishings influenced by the desert landscape. A well-decorated space leads to a happier outlook and allaround better health. That’s just science — researchers have studied the effects of living and work environments on our well-being and productivity levels for decades. So curate your surroundings with intention. Discover furnishings, art, accessories, and endless interior inspiration right here on El Paseo.
Renew, relax, and re-imagine your beauty regimen. When was the last time you took a day off from your usual routine of sloughing and priming and primping and setting? Leave it to the pros. El Paseo aestheticians, hairstylists, and makeup artists are standing by to help you look your best.
Find Your Center
Wake up and stretch out at these fitness studios and wellness centers. “The body is capable of so many incredible things if we just give it the respect, grace, and room to do it,” says Missoni Lanza, owner of the fitness studio MOVEMENT BOTTEGA, which opened on El Paseo in October 2021.
Style and Grayse
Grayse designer and co-founder Kelly Gray talks in-person shopping and shares her top tips for event dressing in the desert and overhauling an outdated wardrobe. Quality materials, impeccable style, and exceptional customer service have always been the cornerstones at Grayse, a luxury women’s clothing boutique whose flagship store opened in 2014 at The Shops on El Paseo.
All Things Beautiful
Patrick Dragonette reclines on a midcentury William Haines sofa in a sunlit corner of his 5,000-square-foot furnishings showroom on El Paseo, Dragonette Limited. The native Ohioian surveys the mock living area proudly. Each thoughtfully placed chair and curio reflects his aesthetic sensibilities, shaped over more than two decades working as an interior designer and dealer of — as he puts it — all things beautiful.
Free to Explore
Prepare for a sensory feast and a place to explore. Much like an art gallery or a museum, Earth Spirits takes shoppers on a unique journey once inside. Many pieces — other than conversation-starting pieces of home décor — can be tried on. No need to keep your voices low. Bursts of enthusiastic exclamation are a daily occurrence here.
Gucci Honors Palm Desert
The Palm Desert woven tote, part of a capsule collection of retro shopper bags, is still available at Gucci on El Paseo. Summer isn’t officially over until the last of the resort-inspired woven totes have vanished from the shelf. You can still find the Palm Desert edition at Gucci on El Paseo.
Kelly Wearstler designs are among exclusive offerings at the new Interior Illusions showroom on El Paseo. For 16 years, designer and business owner Mike Valles has happily divided his time between his Interior Illusions showrooms in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. But in June 2021, he doubled down on the desert, opening a third location on El Paseo.
Nature That Nurtures
Mandeville Canyon Designs on El Paseo takes cues from the outdoors to create healthful living spaces. The owner of a new studio-showroom on El Paseo creates soothing spaces that not only help her clients live comfortably at home but also achieve a range of specific desired results.
Why Linen is Forever Cool
On El Paseo, Italian brand 120% Lino brings a “natural luxury” philosophy to breezy, breathable collections each season. A cool, classic staple in warm-weather locales around the globe, linen has no rivals when it comes to understated elegance and comfort. In almost any situation, it is a smart choice.
Servings from South Africa
Carroll Boyes’ artful serving pieces celebrate form and function at The Upper Crust on El Paseo. Whether reclining, lifting, lounging, balancing, or stretching, the human form inspires the figural works. From appetizer trays to pitchers and pedestal bowls, Boyes’ works delight everyone gathered around the table. “These unique pieces stand on their own,” as works of art, Rohlin says, “but each is functional and can be used for serving” everyday or on special occasions