Ta-Ta to Tiffany

By Richard Mineards   |   November 26, 2019
Tiffany loses its luster in La Cumbre Plaza

Luxury bling emporium Tiffany, which opened its doors at La Cumbre Plaza 12 years, is ditching the shopping complex in January, I can exclusively reveal.

The iconic New York jeweler – which was just sold to the French conglomerate LVMH for 16.2 billion dollars – famed for its Tiffany blue boxes and the charming 1961 Audrey Hepburn film based on Truman Capote’s novel – is just the latest luxury goods store to shutter in the 491,000 sq.ft. complex owned by Macerich since 2004, including Louis Vuitton, and Michael Kors in what has been described as “a retail apocalypse,” which has also affected State Street, our tony town’s main shopping thoroughfare.

Michael Plante, market Vice President for Tiffany Southwest, confirms the store will close its doors on January 31.

Having attended the opening party when I was a columnist on the Santa Barbara News-Press, as well as other events the store has hosted over the years, I will be sorry to see Tiffany, which was founded as a small stationery and fancy goods store in New York by Charles Lewis Tiffany in 1837, leave town.

Two of my nicest unnecessary pleasures are a Tiffany engraved silver toothpaste tube squeezer and a gold luggage tag, featuring a reference number held at the jewelers’ headquarters, in case my baggage should get lost.


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