Nikki Erwin became jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer’s first employee at just 19 years old, which is when she discovered truly just how much she wanted to design baubles. Flash forward ten years and Nikki has launched her own collection of 18K gold pieces that hover around the $20K-$28K mark and are worn by everyone from Gwen Stefani to Demi Moore to Rachel Zoe. The name Established? Nikki loved the idea of self proclaiming establishment—a subversive message that says I am here, just like her collection. Here, Nikki, an LA native, shares her insider’s guide–her “haute secrets”—to the City of Angels.
Where were you born: Santa Monica, CA
How long in LA: January 1985
Neighborhood: Malibu and general Westside
Occupation: Handbag and Jewelry Designer
Favorite Restaurant: La Scala in Beverly Hills
Best Sushi: Matsuhisa
Best Italian: Giorgio Baldi
Best dessert: Hansen’s Cakes
Best place for a romantic date: Inn Of The 7th Ray
Best Sunday brunch: The Beverly Hills Hotel Pool
Best place for a power business meeting:The Polo Lounge
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Regent Beverly Wilshire
Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Melrose Place
Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: Established Jewelry!
Best Spa: La Prairie
Favorite Charity Event: Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Gala
Favorite Cultural Event: LA Kings games
Favorite Cultural Institution: The Hollywood Bowl
Best Steakhouse: The new Palm
Best Pizza: Mulberry Street Pizza
Best Lunch: John’s Garden
Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Equinox
Best Massage: La Prairie Spa
Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber
Best Museum/Exhibit: The Getty Museum
Describe your city in three words: Simply. The. Best.
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: The Getty Villa
All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles: The beach!
Best Aspect of Los Angeles: The opportunity