Photography by Trevor Smith

Irene Neuwirth

Jewelry Designer

| Venice

When stylist Jessica de Ruiter declares your dinner parties “legendary,” you must be sure you’re doing something right. Then again, if you’re jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth, chances are you’re not lacking in validation. Neuwirth’s life reads like a bonafide Los Angeles storybook: she lives in a light-filled oasis on the Venice Beach canals where she designs color-drenched jewels by day, and throws fabulous, tequila-decked get-togethers by night (entertaining the likes of fellow CITIPHILES Jenni Kayne and de Ruiter, let alone Hollywood powerhouses like Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann and Lake Bell). Still, she’s surprisingly down-to-earth— beautiful in a raw kind of way and with a rare, albeit captivating charm. Funnily enough, that applies to her jewels too: a trove-worthy smattering of one-of-a-kind drop earrings, colliers and pendants in opal, turquoise and lapis— of course they’re treasured by stars like Jessica Alba and Claire Danes. In the past five years, Neuwirth’s eponymous collection has garnered five CFDA nominations in a row (most recently, she was nominated for Accessory Designer of the Year). So, if Neuwirth is rubbing elbow’s with LA’s greatest stars, it’s because she is one. Here, she sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on LA.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Cora’s on Ocean Avenue (MAP IT, x)– it’s the perfect breakfast or lunch (especially on a quiet weekday), they’re so nice, the food is delicious, and you sit under a canopy of bougainvillea… what could be better?

COFFEE OR TEA: [Coffee from] Alfred’s (MAP IT, x). They serve coffee in a cone with chocolate.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Jon and Vinny’s (MAP IT, x).

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: Casa Dragones [at] my house. But, I also love a martini at Capo in Santa Monica (MAP IT, x).

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: The Nice Guy (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

LADIES LUNCH: We have Croft Alley (MAP IT, x) cook at [my] store.

MUSIC PICK: Jon and Vinny’s— I love that they play old school rap!

BEST BRUNCH: Again, Cora’s— farmer’s market-fresh and I can ride my bike there.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: Giorgio’s (MAP IT, BOOK ITx).

HEALTHY STAPLE: Croft Alley where I order yogurt and chlorophyll.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Capo!

LA’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: The Old Place (MAP IT, x).

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: Home.

REGULAR AT: I love Melrose Place where my store is. I love shopping at Creatures of Comfort and Marni (MAP IT); Apartment by The Line (MAP IT, x) is now open which is fantastic, and Rachel Comey (MAP IT) just joined us… it’s a really nice little community where everyone is so cool and relaxed.

DATE-NIGHT STANDBY: Capo all the way! We sit at the bar and it’s heaven.

DELIVERY GO-TO: Cabbage Patch (MAP IT, x).

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: Giorgio’s.

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: The Now (MAP IT, x)– relatively new and adorable!

BEST HOME DÉCOR: Nickey Kehoe (MAP IT, x) and Commune (MAP IT, x).

GIFTS FOR HIM: Mr. Porter.

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: Negin (x) at Salon Benjamin (MAP IT, x) for color and Leland (x) at Salon Benjamin for cut; Kristie at Striiike (MAP IT, x) for eyebrows; any Biologique Recherche products!

FIT PICK: Tracy Anderson (MAP IT, x).

ULTIMATE LA MOMENT: There are so many: I’ve walked my dog along the Venice Canals every morning for years, and basically willed my dream house to become my home. I always said it was the only house I wanted and lo and behold, one day I met the owner and that was it! CP

Irene’s LA

Irene Neuwirth

From L to R: Egg sandwich from Jon and Vinny’s; Jewelry by Irene Neuwirth; Clothing from Creatures of Comfort; Drink from The Nice Guy. Second Row: Chlorophyll Yogurt from Croft Alley; Capo Bar; Coffee in a cone from Alfred’s; Home Decor by Nickey Kehoe.

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