Apparel designer Anders Bard of SOMB (Shirt Off My Back) shares his Los Angeles secrets with Haute Living. Find out where Anders — who created his eco-friendly apparel company with friends Will Bennett, James Williams, Chris Norqual and Anson Carter to provide children in Africa with clothing— shops, dines and who he thinks has the best dessert in the City of Angels.
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How long in Los angeles:
The omakase room at Kiwami with Katsuya Uechi behind the bar.
The Chocolate Chip Cookies at Soho House
Best place for a romantic date:
Any classical singer (preferably Italian) at the Hollywood Bowl with a baguette, cheese and a bottle of red.
Best Sunday brunch:
The Little Next Door patio
Best place for a power business meeting:
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The London West Hollywood.
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Fred Segal on Melrose
Favorite Charity Event:
http://www.ebkids.org/ - a friends charity.
Favorite Cultural Event:
Gustavo Dudamel conducting at the Disney Concert Hall.
Favorite Cultural Institution:
The Hollywood Bowl, Dodgers Stadium, The Getty, (not many cultural institutions in LA). If you really want to know: The Grove…. BOOM!
I don’t eat steak. That’s a James question, he eats it for breakfast.
Chateau Marmont garden
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Beach and ocean.
Any girl willing to rub my back.
Herb Ritts exhibit at the Getty (only one I have seen in awhile)
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
The Venice Canals.
All-around favorite locale in Los Angeles, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other
Standing on a paddleboard in Malibu with friends, seals, dolphins and whales.
Best aspect of Los Angeles
There is a freedom to living here. Freedom with weather, freedom with mountains, freedom with an ocean and beaches, freedom with open expanses and therefor a freedom of vision. You can disappear in that freedom and just be yourself.