Seeing Stars: Where the Stars Shop
It's hard to imagine any one shop attracting more Big Name celebrities than Fred Segal. After 40 years on west Melrose, this collection of ultra-hip boutiques is a common destination for the likes of
Reportedly, Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock, David Schwimmer and Lara Flynn Boyle were all spotted here on the same day. (But not together.)
According to gossip reports, over the years, there have been some interesting moments here:
Near the center of the Fred Segal complex, you'll find a small cafe named Mauro's, serving Italian cuisine, At lunch time, it's one of the best places to spot stars (such as Lindsay Lohan) on Melrose (although it can be hard to get a table when its crowded).
Ever wonder where the producers buy many of the stars' outfits for trendy TV shows? You guessed it. Fred Segal.
Jennifer Garner, Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, Heather Locklear, Katie Holmes, Daryl Hannah, Kelly Osbourne, Edward Furlong, Rose McGowan, Sally Kellerman and the X-Men's 'Jean Grey', Famke Janssen... are just a few of the others spotted there.
And if that's not enough, there's another branch.
There's a second Fred Segal complex in Santa Monica, just a block east of the Third Street Promenade, at Broadway and 5th. And while it's not quite as hip as the Melrose outlet, according to insiders, stars who have been spotted there include Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Lee Curtis and Angelica Huston (all on one day), as well as Brad Pitt, Meg Ryan, Jodie Foster, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Reese, Julia Roberts, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson & Tommy Lee... especially in the early afternoon
Fred Segal is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Getting there: You'll find the original branch of Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue, at the southwest corner of Melrose and Crescent Heights Blvd., four blocks west of Fairfax. From the Beverly Center mall, go three blocks north on La Cienega to Melrose, turn right (east) on Melrose, and go about nine blocks east to Crescent Heights. Fred Segal will be on your right (south) side.
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