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Warren Alfie Baker

Stylist

| West Hollywood

It’s impossible not to notice Warren Alfie Baker— on the small screen, at a party, in the occasional grocery store— and not because he’s toweringly tall or confrontingly good-looking (though, admittedly, he’s both), but because he’s that rare kind of guy whose sheer energy seems to light up a room. What’s ironic is that Baker has made a business out of helping others do just that— supremely famous “others,” that is. The British-born, LA-based wardrobe stylist spends his days decking out stars like Miles Teller, Jon Voight and Jeremy Piven for Hollywood’s most talked about red carpets (unsurprisingly, his work has landed the aforementioned stars on many a GQ and Vogue.com “Best Dressed” list). Baker contributes to the editorial side of things too; and besides his reigning gig as Fashion Director of digital magazine, Bello, he regularly doles out fashion advice (OK, so there’s the periodic critique too) on shows like E!’s Style Star. Here, the dapper dude sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal his little black book on LA.

COFFEE OR TEA: I drink both. For coffee, Blue Bottle (MAP IT, x) because the service is great, the coffee is superb, the people watching is good, and they do a mean poached egg on avocado toast.  For tea, being British myself, it has to be my house with my English tea bags!

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: The Tower Bar at Sunset Tower (MAP ITBOOK ITx) because the atmosphere is so wonderful. I love the old Hollywood feel and they make a beautiful filet mignon.

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A Moscow mule from SoHo House (MAP ITx) or The Chateau Marmont (MAP IT, x)! You cannot beat them— trust me, I’ve tried. The beautiful Mia Mastroianni is a bartender at SoHo House and, firstly, she makes superb cocktails (like the best), but secondly, every time I walk into that place and we see each other, we sing a show tune! It honestly always brightens my day.

AFTER-WORK HAPPY HOUR: I love going to Zinqué on Melrose Avenue (MAP IT, x) for happy hour drinks. They only serve beer and wine, but what more do you need after a long day?

DINNER WITH FRIENDS: I love the restaurant Taste on Melrose (MAP IT, x)— it has such a great atmosphere and it has a new extension in the back with a great bar that you would never know was there. It’s one of my favorite places in LA.

WHERE TO BRING OUT-OF-TOWNERS: This is a tough one as there are so many great options, but it’s always great to hike Runyon Canyon (x), head up to Ledgewood to see the Hollywood sign, hit Griffith Observatory for some true “Hollywood nostalgia” and views, and swing by Rodeo Drive for naughty shopping and a couple of cocktails.

MUSIC PICK: I’m from central London so I have very broad taste in music. I go from listening to jungle and reggae to listening to ‘60s music to ‘90s r&b. There is nowhere better in LA— or possibly, in the whole US— to watch a live show than the Hollywood Bowl (MAP IT, x). Every legend has performed there and there is a reason for that.

BEST BRUNCH: One of my favorites has to be Gjelina in Venice (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). The food is incredible!

HEALTHY STAPLE: Hugo’s on Santa Monica Boulevard (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x) for chicken with quinoa and green beans— it sounds so drab, but it is so tasty!

GUILTY PLEASURE: I’m a sucker for doughnuts— I cant get enough! I love them so much! I am a simple man and a freshly baked doughnut from Gelson’s (MAP IT, x) always does the trick!

DELIVERY GO-TO: Indian Kitchen (MAP IT, x). As a Brit, I love curry and it’s hard to find a good one in LA. Indian Kitchen does my favorite dish— a chicken Bhuna— but if you order it, you have to have it with the Paswari naan!

TO SEE AND BE SEEN: Mauro’s Café at Fred Segal (MAP IT, x)— all the deals are going on down here.

TO ESCAPE AND UNWIND: I love hiking Runyon Canyon. When I get to the top and look out at the views, it always makes me appreciate where I live and how far I’ve come.

GO-TO GETAWAY: For me, a quick getaway will always be Palm Springs. You get great weather and there are so many options for places to stay. While I’m up there, I like to drive to Joshua Tree National Park for a hike— it’s one of the most stunning landscapes in the US.

CLOSET CHECK: I would say that my style is however I’m feeling on that day; I don’t like to be put into “a box”— I prefer to remain a chameleon. At the moment, I can’t stop shopping at Nike because I’ve become a fitness addict! I also love Opening Ceremony (MAP IT, x) because they bring in new and undiscovered designers which I think is great!

ACCESSORIES PICK: I have a friend that has a menswear store called Carlton Drew (MAP IT, x) and his sister, Meredith Sutton, makes the most amazing men’s bracelets that are sold there. It’s a huge secret that I’m letting you in on here!

BEST HOME DÉCOR: I’m obsessed with mid-century modern designs. Growing up, I was always obsessed with my Nan’s furniture and now, I’m kind of obsessed with finding things that remind me of my childhood visits there. I’ve found some amazing pieces on Craigslist and Ebay; Sunbeam Vintage in Highland Park (MAP IT, x) has incredible mid-century furniture; Urban Outfitters’ home section actually has some gems!

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: Espionage on Beverly Boulevard (MAP IT, x)— seriously, this is an Aladdin’s cave of goodies! Go in for one thing, come out with ten!

GROOMING BLACK BOOK: My hairdresser, Justin Harding (x) at Salon Republic (MAP IT, x)! He’s my man and he does the meanest fades in LA!

FIT PICK: I train three days a week with my trainer, Tyler Lough (x). Honestly, he’s the first trainer I’ve ever had, but he helped me lose over 20 lbs in 5 weeks and he’s the nicest guy! I believe he’s the best in the business. I also try to spin twice a week at Cycle House (MAP IT, x) with Nichelle (x) and Nick (x)— they are amazing!

QUOTIDIAN KEEPER: I would not be able to do my job with out Ella’s House of Tailoring on La Cienega (MAP IT, x). They make magic happen!

ULTIMATE LA MOMENT: OK, this is a funny one! I was at a bar that has an elevator that takes you from the lounge up to the bar/club. I was actually leaving a meeting in the early evening and I jumped in the elevator just as it was about to close. Paying no attention, I thanked the people who were inside for holding the door. Once I looked up, I saw that it was Beyoncé and Jay-Z!  Obviously when you see people like that, you think you know them— I had just seen a performance of Beyoncé’s so I felt that I had to tell her how amazing it was (and I did). She thanked me and asked my name while Jay-Z shook my hand. Some more small talk ensued before the ride ended and as we entered the lobby, Beyoncé said, “Warren, it was so great to meet you and all the best” in front of so many people and a couple of friends! I felt like I’d won the lottery, ha! So stupid, but so wonderfully LA. CP

Warren’s LA

From L to R: First Row: Mauro’s Cafe; View from Runyon Canyon; Opening Ceremony sportswear; Cycle House. Second Row: Homeware from Espionage; Sunbeam Vintage furniture; Trainer Tyler Lough; Sunset Tower.

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