Tony Esnault’s Highly Anticipated Knife Pleat Arrives at South Coast Plaza

Edwin Goei • OC Weekly • July 31, 2019
Fancy vegetables. Photo by Anne Watson Photography Have you ever noticed that South Coast Plaza’s Nordstrom wing has a distinctive aroma of freshly pressed linen? To me, it smells like opulence and wealth. It is in this rarefied air that a new,...
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