Haute Secrets: Karen Kane

Fashion designer Karen Kane shares her Los Angeles secrets with Haute Living. Find out where Karen shops, dines and who she thinks has the best dessert in the City of Angeles.

Where were you born: Barberton, OH

How long in Los Angeles: Since 1974

Neighborhood: Pacific Palisades, CA

Occupation: Fashion Designer

Favorite Restaurant: Katsuya in Brentwood

Best Steakhouse: I don’t eat steak, but I love the crab salad at the Palm

Best Sushi: Katsuya in Brentwood

Best Italian: Giorgio Baldi

Best Pizza: Mozza

Best Lunch: Café Vida in the Palisades

Best dessert: Urth Caffe

Best place for a romantic date: The Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch (in Santa Barbara)

Best Sunday brunch: tamales at the Farmers Market in the Palisades

Best place for a power business meeting: Church & State downtown

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Viceroy in Santa Monica – amazing restaurant around the pool

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: A tie between Intermix and Scoop at the Brentwood Country Mart and Barney’s in Beverly Hills – it’s too hard to pick just one!

Best Spa: Burke Williams in Santa Monica

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Spectrum in Malibu

Best Massage: Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Planet Limo

Favorite Charity Event: FIDM’s Debut Gala – it benefits the school’s scholarship program & features amazing student designers year after year

Favorite Cultural Event: Every year, our family tries to make it up to Santa Barbara for Fiesta in August…it’s intimate, historic, and lots of fun

Favorite Cultural Institution: The Hollywood Bowl – it wouldn’t be summer without a night at the Bowl

Best Museum/Exhibit: I love the revolving photography displays at the Annenberg Space for Photography…very small, unassuming place with beautiful exhibits

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Griffith Park Observatory

All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: Malibu – it’s like a vacation without having to travel

Best Aspect of Los Angeles: The people – we’re just as diverse & exciting as New Yorkers, but we don’t rush through life like they do. The weather lets us stop & enjoy it along the way.

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