Photography by Trevor Smith

Andrea Lieberman

Designer, A.L.C.

| Beverly Hills

Andrea Lieberman’s one of those chicks you meet and think, “Yes. I really should be more like that.” The native New-Yorker-turned-Los-Angeleno takes a “no B.S.” approach to, well, pretty much everything. On the business side, it’s led her to act on her dreams no holds barred— from opening her New York boutique, Culture & Reality (the space sold a cornucopia of artisan goods from her travels) to becoming a celebrity stylist for fellow bad a*%es like J. Lo, Sean Combs (Puff!) and Mary J. Blige to leaving at the height of “stylistdom” to launch her own women’s wear brand, A.L.C. (Remember that emerald Versace gown she dressed Lopez in for the 2000 Grammys? It’s still one the most Googled looks of all time. #Boss.) Now a designer, she’s known for her sublime craftsmanship and minimalist design— think Jane Birkin’s closet after a whirlwind trip to Tokyo. Her collections are modern nostalgia; urban romance; eternal chic. Out of the office, Lieberman’s “no B.S.” filter manifests in her refreshingly candid sense of humor (she’s the first to call herself out) and her devotion to her family— after work, you won’t find her at happy hour, but at home hanging with her kids. Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on LA.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Matsuhisa (MAP ITx) for a spicy tuna handroll.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee from Aharon Coffee (MAP IT, x) ! They roast their own beans and it’s right around the corner from my house. 

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Madeo Restaurant (MAP ITx)— the truffle pasta…

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: I don’t drink that often, but when I do, it’s a margarita at Gracias Madre (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: I usually go home after work to see my kids. The Beverly Hills Cheese Shop (MAP IT, x) is my go-to for picking up a bottle of wine on the way; if I do make it out, Wally’s Wine Bar (MAP IT, x) is a great wine bar.

LADIES LUNCH: Gjelina (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x), Gracias Madre and Bestia (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) are at the top of the list.

WHERE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS: I spend the majority of my time in downtown LA so I would bring them to the Art’s District: Daily Dose (MAP IT, x) for lunch followed by a visit to Hauser Wirth & Schimmel (MAP IT, x). On a summer day, Leo Carrillo Beach (x) or hiking at Franklin Canyon Park (MAP IT, x) or Will Rogers State Park  (x) are musts.

MUSIC PICK: I am a hip-hop and reggae girl. Jon and Vinny’s (MAP IT, BOOK ITx) always has the best soundtrack and the best pizza— it’s a real win-win. 

BEST BRUNCH: I am always up super early so brunch is either Nate ‘n Al’s (MAP IT, x) on Sunday or the Farmer’s Market (MAP IT, x) for beignets or crepes at The Grove (it’s really fun with the kids).

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: Right now, I would have to say DTLA. There is such a transformation happening in this part of the city and there’s a really eclectic sense of style on the streets.

HEALTHY STAPLE: Postmates Sugarfish

GUILTY PLEASURE: Wexler’s Deli in the Grand Central Market (MAP IT, x) for a bagel and lox.

LA’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: It’s been around forever, but Beverly Hills Juice (MAP IT, x)!

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: My kids and the sunshine.

REGULAR AT: Arcana (MAP IT, x) for rare books; SoulCycle (MAP IT, x) for workouts— they just opened a studio downtown (MAP IT, x) which is a game-changer.

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Grill on the Alley (MAP IT, x)— we can walk there from our house, it’s old-school which I love and the food is always consistent.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY STAPLE: Kula (MAP IT, x) for rotating sushi. It’s super fun and we go about twice a month. The kids love pulling the sushi off of the conveyor belt and stacking the plates. They eat as much as they can because they get a prize for how many plates they have eaten.

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: I’m not really a “see and be seen” type of person, but either Chateau Marmont (MAP IT, x) or Cecconi’s (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

TO GET INSPIRED: Having styled [professionally] for so many years, I am inspired by LA’s great costume shops like Costume Palace (MAP IT, x) and my go-to vintage shops like The Way We Wore (MAP IT, x) and Mister Freedom (MAP IT, x).

GO-TO GETAWAY: LA is such a perfect location for an easy impromptu getaway— two hours and you’re in Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez or Joshua Tree!

CLOSET STAPLE: My style is a little to the left of classic. For shopping, Barneys (MAP IT, x) is always a go-to. Also, I love when A Current Affair (MAP IT, x) comes to town!

ACCESSORIES PICK: Just One Eye (MAP IT, x).

BEST HOME DÉCOR: I like a very peaceful, calming home. Orange (MAP IT, x) is my go-to shop for superlative home accents.

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Tweak on Beverly Boulevard (MAP IT, x).

FOR HIM: You can never go wrong with a killer bottle of wine and one of my best-kept local secrets is the Du Vin Wine Shop on San Vicente Boulevard (MAP IT, x)— they have a great selection and the owner is incredibly knowledgeable.

FOR THEM: Trico Field (MAP IT, x) for cool Japanese kids’ clothing and gifts.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Doron Menna (call or text 323.707.2533; x) is single-handedly the most healing massage/bodywork person on the planet and she comes right to your house. 

FIT PICK: SoulCycle downtown (love Dani R. (x)’s classes!), hiking, and Hot 8 Yoga (MAP IT, x).

ULTIMATE LA MOMENT: Having a true beach in December— I don’t think it gets more LA than that. CP

From L to R: First Row: Coffee from Aharon Coffee; Fine jewelry at Just One Eye; Hauser Wirth & Schimmel; Outside Gracias Madre. Second Row: Inside Gjelina; Women’s wear by A.L.C.; Lunch at Bestia; Footwear at A Current Affair.

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