Designer Greg Lauren Shares His Haute Secrets to LA

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Greg Lauren is a man who knows the ins and outs of L.A. style. The Los Angeles-based menswear designer, artist and former actor is as fashionable as they come, and his latest line—a collaboration with Gap-owned retailer Banana Republic—conveys that.  For the brand’s second designer collaboration in partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the masses can appreciate Lauren’s signature deconstructed silhouette and unfinished detail aesthetic in a 16-piece limited-edition capsule collection. Here, the stylish Lauren shares his haute secrets to the City of Angels.

Where were you born: New York

How long in LA:  20 years

Neighborhood: My studio is in Hollywood    

Occupation: Fashion Designer / Artist

Favorite Restaurant: Petit Trois 

Best Italian: Ebaldi / Jon & Vinny’s              

Best dessert: Pressed Juicery Freez

Best place for a romantic date: Little Door   

Best Sunday brunch: Malibu Farm Café at the Malibu Pier 

Best place for a power business meeting: Sunset Tower Hotel… or Yum Yum Donuts                

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Peninsula or Bel Air Hotel

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Maxfield, new L’Eclaireur LA

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Ele Keats Jewelry

Best Spa: Tomoko 

 Favorite Charity Event: Tie- Baby 2 Baby Gala & Butterfly Ball    

Favorite Cultural Event: Anything at LACMA  

Favorite Cultural Institution:LACMA     

Best Steakhouse: Gwen

Best Pizza: Tomato Pie

Best Lunch: Petit Trois    

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Equinox, or Core by Choza

Best Massage: Moon Wagner     

Best Limousine/Driving Service: BLS (specifically Randy Fanner)

Best Museum/Exhibit: Reigning Men at LACMA

Describe your city in three words: Alive, Creative, Cool      

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:The Pacific Ocean

All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: Malibu Pier

Best Aspect of Los Angeles: Currently the most creative place in the world, where there is a common spirit and drive to imagine things and make them happen. Oh… and the beach in January.