- Capitol x Brentwood Country Mart Exclusive
- Handmade and hand sewn in Portugal
- One of a kind. The product you receive might vary slightly from the product pictures and small differences can appear.
- The handcrafted nature of the item is what makes it beautifully unique.
- Available only at Capitol and shop-capitol.com
Bespoke Olympia le Tan Book Clutch honors the 75th Anniversary of the Brentwood Country Mart and the 25th Anniversary of Country Mart Tenant, Capitol
Los Angeles, CA — Capitol, an internationally renowned retailer founded by Laura Vinroot Poole in Charlotte, North Carolina, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year—opening in the Brentwood Country Mart nearly 5 years ago is a critical milestone in the luxury boutique’s trajectory. To honor the Brentwood Country Mart’s 75th Anniversary, its incredible community of patrons and staff, and owner Jim Rosenfield’s preservation of this iconic landmark, Capitol collaborated with french brand Olympia Le Tan to create an exclusive, hand-embroidered book clutch.
This custom design highlights the Brentwood Country Mart Post Office, which has been part of the Mart since its inception in 1948, and the shopping center’s quintessential board-and-batten exterior. Rosenfield’s ’71 Mercedes parked out front offers a personal touch while the “CA1948” license plate references the year the Mart opened.
“The Brentwood Country Mart was always my first stop when I touched down in Los Angeles and undoubtedly the best shopping center in America. I never dreamed of opening a second location, but when Jim Rosenfield approached us I knew this was an opportunity we had to take. Nearly 5 years later, we feel like we have been part of this special community for decades. I was so thrilled to create something that honors the Brentwood Country Mart’s rich history and Jim’s unique way of preserving the nostalgic Country Mart lifestyle while ushering this magical village into the modern era." - Laura Vinroot Poole.
Together, the Brentwood Country Mart and Capitol will launch this exclusive Olympia le Tan book clutch at the iconic Post Office and in-store and online at Capitol on November 16th. The collaboration will also be featured in Capitol’s third annual holiday catalog, The Dream Book, launching on the same date.
“Laura Vinroot Poole’s Capitol is one of our very favorite multi-brand women’s fashion stores, and that’s because it’s a perfect reflection of Laura herself. She is a colorful, polite, fun woman who epitomizes “southern charm.” Only Laura would conceive of this cheerful, stylish tribute to the Brentwood Country Mart. I love it! And I love Laura!” - Jim Rosenfield
Each clutch is hand-embroidered (a process which can take up to 300 hours) and only 12 clutches will be produced.
Established in 1997 by Laura Vinroot Poole, Capitol is an internationally renowned specialty store located in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Brentwood Country Mart in Los Angeles, CA. The stores are known for Poole’s unique edit featuring iconic collections such as Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Carolina Herrara, Saint Laurent, Gabriela Hearst, and Etro and emerging designers such as Markarian and The Vampire’s Wife.
About The Brentwood Country Mart
The Brentwood Country Mart, designed by architect Rowland Crawford and built by the Baruch Corporation, opened on November 18, 1948. The red-board structure evokes early American and English country marketplaces, with shops and stalls arranged around a central courtyard.
Existing establishments such as the Barber Shop, the Post Office and the Shoe Repair remain to provide exceptional service for the community. Meanwhile, fashion heavy hitters like Capitol, goop, Jenni Kayne, Clare V., and more thrive alongside restaurants ranging from farm-to-table darling Farmshop to local-adored Reddi Chick.
In today's world of mega-stores and mega-malls, the Brentwood Country Mart feels cozy, familiar and is a place where it is easy to shop. The Brentwood Country Mart has been renovated and restored by JS Rosenfield & Co, which specializes in the preservation of unique California environments.
About Olympia le Tan
Founded by Gregory Bernard and Olympia Le-Tan in 2009, the brand reimagines classic book covers and art, into coveted artisanal clutches and accessories. From the original hand embroidery to the Liberty-printed lining, every detail is carefully considered.