What’s a super fabulous perk of being a lifestyle blogger? You get invited to preview events. One such event was a recent soiree to get a sneak peek at the new Ylang 23 boutique in The Plaza at Preston Center. You might wonder why owners Joanne & Charles Teichman named their jewelry store YLANG 23. Well, it’s simple really. The Teichmans met on the 23rd, were engaged on the 23rd and married on the 23rd. It’s the family’s lucky number.
I love getting caught up with some of my new blogger friends, especially Lynsey from Law-Of-Fashion. She has been most helpful with my annoying blogger questions. We loved meeting Megan Thorne who was showing off her beautiful rings in “the ring bar”. When I Instagrammed a picture of one of her rings, actress Debra Messing commented on it. You gotta love that!
The store design and layout are spectacular which are described in the details below. Be sure to stop by and shop for a little bling bling. Prices range from $15 – $150,000. And Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Hint, hint…
Store Design Details
The vision of Joanne & Charles Teichman was to create a retail location to showcase their well known designer collections, and add an inviting ambiance and entertaining space for their clients and friends.
The new Ylang 23 at The Plaza and Preston Center is “Paris chic” meets “Soho cool,” marrying the love of the Teichmans for both Paris and New York, especially the Art Deco period.
The hand carved French limestone entrance is framed by six window vignettes backed by black and white photographs taken in Paris and accented by huge vintage glass jars, a gift from New York friends and designers Ten Thousand Things.
Crossing a black and white tiled entry framed by black limestone to a black wide plank reclaimed European oak floor throughout, the ceiling vaults to 20′ with exposed ducts and track lighting. The west wall is floor to ceiling reclaimed brick painted white and the south side of the store features a balcony with a vintage wrought iron railing sourced in New Orleans. The reclaimed Art Deco tin ceiling is painted white.
Against the white with black palette are two seating areas appointed with bright berry colors. All furniture was custom made by a French designer in Los Angeles in velvets. The front area features a custom swoop-back sofa in deep fuschia and two bordeaux chairs, anchored by a vintage 70’s glass and mirrored coffee table, and placed on a lavender Color Reform (over-dyed) Indian rug. A pair of original Milo Baughman chrome and glass etageres (source: James McInroe) houses personal collections of art deco bronzes and vintage Lalique collected by the Teichmans, primarily from the Paris flea market, and mixed with stacks of coffee table books from luxury fashion to those authored by Ylang 23 designers and fashion editors.
The center seating area features raspberry and tangerine velvet chairs set on a pomegranate Color Reform silk Pakistani rug, and anchored by a pair of original Florence Knoll marble topped coffee tables (source: 20th Century Modern), under an antique French crystal chandelier. The side wall has a second set of Milo Baughman etageres.
The east wall of the store features two oversized French antique mirrors framed by crystal sconces.
Anchoring the back corner of the store is a custom-made curved glass ring case with a hanging neon sign reading, “The Ring Bar.”
The powder room is sexy and black with silver mica powder embellished magenta wallpaper imported from France, a custom mirrored sink and the only item transported from the former Galleria location (besides a couple of lucky charms): a Lalique mirror titled “Les Causeuses” (The Gossipers).
The hallway to the powder room features a signed Inez and Vinoodh photograph of Heather Watts in Ten Thousand Things jewelry and two personal favorites and acquisitions of Charles Teichman: a signed Jean Cocteau and a framed copy of Interview Magazine, signed by Andy Warhol (then editor of Interview) featuring Molly Ringwald on the cover.Tags: lucky