Palm Springs Shopping
If you've come to the modernist mecca of Palm Springs for the architecture, don't miss the flourishing design district along Palm Canyon Drive between Tamarisk Road and Tachevah Drive. Quirky home-accessories shop Fitzsu Society recently teamed up with architecture-obsessed real estate firm Deasy/Penner & Partners to brand their first ever lifestyle store Deasy/Penner & Partners + Fitzsu Society: Homes + Accessories, a one-stop shop where atomic-age enthusiasts can buy a dramatic desert home, then outfit it with the right modern gear. Modern Way Gallery is ground zero for design obsessives who drool over vintage low-slung sofas and Pierre Cardin credenzas. Black-and-white movie star glamour is the draw at the newly opened Interior Illusions, a Los Angeles import where huge ceramic horses are sold alongside luscious shag rugs and Hollywood Regency–style furnishings. At House 849 you'll find an eclectic mix of old and new pieces—bronze 19th-century Chinese lions, wing chairs upholstered in zebra print—that look like they stepped straight off the pages of Elle Decor. Across the street, Asylum is home to an inspired hodgepodge of little Lucite Buddhas, mirrored coffee tables, and curvaceous vases. Retro-design seeps into fashion at Trina Turk (think floaty kaftans and graphic cocktail sheaths), a chic clothing boutique housed in a 1960s Albert Frey–designed building. A few miles away, but definitely worth the trip is Estate Sale Co., a massive consignment warehouse where Ol' Blue Eyes himself sold the castoffs from his swanky desert pad.
El Paseo is the desert's take on Rodeo Drive, a posh stretch of boutiques, galleries and cafés that lies just 12 miles outside of Palm Springs in the second-home sprawl of Palm Desert. If the 300 stores take their toll, you can hop on a tram which transports worn-out shoppers along the mile-long expanse. Between Larkspur Lane and San Pablo Avenue you'll find The Gardens on El Paseo, a two-story outdoor mall anchored by money-magnets Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co. There are also plenty of independent boutiques for the oversized sunglasses set. Shoe hounds in the market for Stuart Weitzman, Cole Haan and Donald J. Pliner designs beeline to Rangoni of Florence, while Troy is a must for those in need of Feraud gowns. Down the street there is a girly clothing boutique cum nail salon called Trio, which stocks the trendy essentials of the casual, California-cool wardrobe—James Perse tees, metallic flip-flops, and very expensive jeans.