Haute Secrets: Philanthropist Nikita Kahn


Nikita Kahn likes to surround herself with beauty. The Ukraine-born philanthropist resides in Malibu, where she runs her own real estate and interior design firm. With an admiration and appreciation for artistry of buildings and spaces, Kahn has cultivated a passion for designing homes with classic pieces, neutral color palettes, and touches of timeless sophistication. Additionally, she is also a dedicated animal advocate, and has worked closely with the California Wildlife Center, participating in fundraisers to protect, rescue, and rehabilitate sick, injured, or orphaned animals. She is also a Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Board Member, assisting in the organization’s events and fundraisers to help find homes for animals in need of loving caretakers. Kahn also supports the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Rhino Rescue Center, which is helping to bring the species back from the brink of extinction through new reproductive technologies and innovation and is the executive producer of the film, The Last Animals, which focuses on the recent epidemic of white rhino poaching while also documentingthe inner workings illegal poaching. The film recently premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Here, this Malibu girl shares her haute secrets to the City of Angels.


Where were you born: Soviet Union – Ukraine

How long have you been in LA: 8 years

Neighborhood: Malibu

Occupation: Real estate

Favorite restaurant: Nobu Malibu

Best sushi: Sugarfish

Best dessert: Tiramisu

Best place for a romantic date: Disneyland

Best place for a power business meeting: Little Beach House Malibu

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend: Nobu Ryokan Malibu

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Elyse Walker in Palisades

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Gearys in Beverly Hills

Best spa: Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Praire and a good Korean spa

Favorite charity event: San Diego Zoo GLobal’s annual gala

Favorite cultural event: Miami Art Basel

Favorite cultural institution: LACMA

Best steakhouse: CUT

Best gym/athletic facility: Equinox and Yogaworks

Best massage: I get it from my favorite masseuse, she comes to my home, but I can’t tell you her name because then she’ll always be booked!

Best limo/driving service: Uber Black

Best museum/exhibit: The Broad/Infinity Room

Describe your city in three words: Charming, quiet, laid-back

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: The Hollywood Walk of Fame

All-around favorite spot in LA: Intelligentsia Coffee and Caffe Luxxe

Best aspect of LA: The weather