Just One Eye Owner Paola Russo’s Haute Secrets to LA

With a career that’s spanned 25 years and past employment at Ann Demeulmeester and at Maxfield, it’s safe to say that Paola Russo knows the fashion world, which she displays with aplomb at her Los Angeles boutique Just One Eye.  Her fashion pedigree and the discoveries made through her global travels inspired her to create another aspect of a retail store combined with mixed art, culture, and fashion. Her personal rapports with designers and artists have also enabled her to create one of kind collaborations, which additionally share the store’s philosophy of giving talented designers the opportunity to share, to imagine, and to collaborate.

Famed for forming partnerships between designers and artists such as Nate Lowman x Converse limited edition sneakers and Damien Hirst and The Row Just One Eye backpacks, both Russo and her boutique try to push boundaries and has created something refreshing and intriguing in a city that has perhaps seen and done it all before. Just One Eye is a multi-concept store located in the historic Howard Hughes former headquarters in Hollywood which features established brands such as Valentino, Alexandre Vauthier, Damien Hirst and Marilyn Minter. It presents a host of carefully curated pieces in the worlds of luxury, fashion, jewelry, art and furniture. Here are this creative tour de force’s haute secrets to Los Angeles.

How long in LA: 30 years

Neighborhood: Hollywood Hills

Occupation: Artistic Director

Favorite Restaurant: Tagine Beverly Hills

Best Sushi: Matsuhisa

Best Italian: Ebaldi

Best dessert: a floating island at Little Next Door

Best Sunday brunch: The Beverly Hills Hotel

Best place for a power business meeting: Chateau Marmont

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Chateau Marmont

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Just One Eye

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Cartier

Best Spa: Erica Zodtner at Skin Style

Favorite Cultural Event: Art Openings in Los Angeles

Favorite Cultural Institution: Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles

Best Steakhouse: I don’t eat meat

Best Pizza: Caffé Roma

Best Lunch: Chateau Marmont

Best Massage: Beverly Hills Hotel

Best Limousine/Driving Service: I do my own driving

Best Museum/Exhibit: LACMA and Hammer Museum

Describe your city in three words: Fun. Artistic. Hot

All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: Malibu’s Trancas Country Market

Best Aspect of Los Angeles: The space and light