Best of Shopping & Lifestyle 2018

BY Kelsi Maree Diaz, Laura Eckstein Jones, Meg McGuire and Allison Mitchell | December 15, 2017 | Feature Features National

Best of Shopping & Lifestyle

“Our vision from the start was to create a unique retail concept unlike any traditional florist,” says Sabine Schmitt, the co-founder of luxury gifting brand OnlyRoses, which opened a stunning boutique in Beverly Hills late last year. Along with her husband, Anian, Sabine did extensive research to find the world’s finest roses, and eventually unearthed them in Ecuador. “The conditions [there] allow the roses to grow very tall, with beautiful large bulbs in amazing colors,” she says. Along with fresh-cut blooms, visitors to the Brighton Way shop will find the brand’s exclusive Infinite Roses ($80 to $1,950 plus)—preserved flowers that can last up to a year without water—in a variety of chic arrangements. Says Sabine: “[They are] the perfect gift that lasts.”

If reservations at Noma at a moment’s notice or front-row tickets to that soldout Lakers game are priorities, membership at Quintessentially is a must. Since the London-based concierge service opened an L.A. office in 2014 (there are more than 60 offices globally), local staff has expanded to 25 dedicated specialists, all of whom offer 24/7 support for clients’ every need, be it event access, gifting, travel—members have access to Quintessentially staff worldwide—and more. “[Our] competitors don’t have the same reach,” says Sonam Ranam, head of client services on the West Coast. “We also have one of the most powerful black books in the concierge world that includes billionaires in the 1 percent of the 1 percent, along with celebrities, royalty and world leaders.” $7,000-$40,000 per year

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