This Sunday marks the 90th Academy Awards and—for Los Angeles’s A-listers—the end of a long awards season packed with an exhausting schedule of press junkets, screenings, and industry mixers that would challenge even the most unflappable of players. So while devotees of Los Angeles jeweler Jacquie Aiche have been dropping by her studio to be adorned in her signature diamond-encrusted body chains, halter bras, and stacked gemstone rings for the red carpet, they have also been staying for some pregame self-care, including spiritual readings with mystic Sylvain Sellam, transformative treatments with facialist and bodyworker Cynthia Franco, and restorative sound-bath sessions with cult Kundalini teacher Guru Jagat. “I’m not just selling jewels, I’m selling the energy behind them,” says Aiche of her showroom/wellness retreat. “I love to be able to offer that type of energy for my clients and friends . . . especially those in the industry because it can be so crazy and stressful.”
Housed over two floors of a pretty, stucco Spanish-style house with lush gardens and tiled courtyards dotted with daybeds, the space has slowly grown from a workshop into a holistic hangout for Aiche’s “tribe,” whose members include sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, Behati Prinsloo, Emily Ratajkowski, and Alessandra Ambrosio. “It’s just kind of evolved over time,” says Aiche of the collective she’s assembled. “I like to share whatever I find that makes me feel good with my community because that’s what we need in this day and age.” Weeks leading up to big events therefore see the ground floor of the house buzzing with clients alternatively picking out jewelry to compliment their gowns (“This year ruby and tourmalines are big,” says Aiche) and vying for sessions with Sellam, who uses 18th-century Kabbalistic books to give insightful readings, spiritual cleanses, and customized amulets to protect and heal (Jennifer Aniston, Selena Gomez, and Katy Perry are fans). “Sylvain is our hidden gem,” says Aiche. “The amulets are great for women in the entertainment industry as they cleanse you of any negative energy and can be worn or carried in your clutch on the red carpet for protection.”
Inside Jacquie Aiche’s studio, where she offers yoga to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Photo: Courtesy of Jacquie Aiche
Upstairs, Aiche has installed her favorite aesthetician, Cynthia Franco, in a large, airy suite overlooking the garden to administer healing body and skin-care treatments. A trained neuromuscular therapist who also worked with celebrity skin specialist Mila Moursi before branching out on her own, Franco offers everything from cutting-edge Korean Sculplla sheet-mask treatments to LED and micro-current bodywork. “After one session with Cynthia, I wanted her to come every single week, so I created a space for her,” says Aiche. Franco’s custom award-season protocol is a Head to Toe Glow service that kicks off with a full-body exfoliation and lymphatic massage before clients (including Amber Heard and Salma Hayek) are cocooned in an infrared body wrap for a 50-minute sweat session while she administers a bespoke, results-driven facial.
For those with more time to spare, Aiche, a longtime Kundalini devotee, converted the front of the second floor into a yoga studio complete with crystal light fixtures, sheepskin mediation rugs, and a giant gong. “Wednesday mornings I offer a Iyengar class and Thursday evenings we do a sound bath,” says Aiche. “Kundalini yoga always puts me in the right headspace and Guru Jagat [who is Alicia Keys’s guru of choice] has an amazing power to ignite the mind, body, and spirit in ways no one else can.” Evening sessions are followed by tea and cookies in the garden under the string lights. “People will sit and share stories . . . this space has always felt like a secret garden where magical things happen,” says Aiche. “The only thing I’m missing is a little juice station.”
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