A modern-day Holly Golightly could easily catch herself fogging up the windows of Place Vendome. Owners Max Emsallem and Michael Merritt have created a jewel of a store, carrying exclusive French and Italian luxury jewelry lines that employ an old school attention to craftsmanship with an eye on contemporary style. The store, named for Emsallem’s Parisian hometown, has a sophisticated, European appeal that maintains a casual chic ambiance. Emsallem, a veteran of the fashion industry, and Merritt, an old hand in the fine jewelry world, have created the perfect showcase for some of today’s most impressive jewelry lines. Place Vendome, Max and Mike, are indeed a Pasadena girl’s best friends.
The courtyard shop, which opened in 2004, has a gallery-like feeling, with glass-top vitrines teaming with the store’s sumptuous, hand-chosen treasures. Place Vendome’s collection of designers include, Buccellati, an Italian brand that dates back to the 18th century; Lauren K, who believes diamonds should be for everyday; the fun, luxury designs of France’s Jean Marc, exclusively available in the US through Place Vendome; Pomellato, whose unusual stones have made them a major name in the European Haute-jewelry world; the dazzling crystal jewels of Baccarat; and Alan Friedman, known for his deft designs using natural colored diamonds that twinkle under Place Vendome’s skylights. With their in-depth knowledge of fine jewelry, Emsallem and Merritt will guide you into making the perfect choice to suit that special (lucky) someone.