Shopping Spotlight: Bring Home the Palm Springs Lifestyle
Just when you thought Palm Springs’ shopping couldn’t be any more chic, hip and fun – design sensation has splashed onto the scene with a trendy array of desert-inspired merchandise.
“Products for the Palm Springs lifestyle” is the mantra of this new retail company. And boy does it deliver. From home and – of course – pool and cocktail accessories to Palm Springs-inspired Nike sports accessories; and men’s and women’s casual-wear to gift items, its upscale collection is a perfect reflection of the desert’s stylish, mid-century vibe. No surprise, since Destination PSP is locally owned, everything is designed in-house and a majority of the merchandise is manufactured regionally with sustainable produced packaging.
In addition to Palm Springs-themed goodies, you’ll find super cool items highlighting signature local events – who could resist the Palm Springs International Film Festival logoed original Slinky Toy, it’s so ‘50s!
Brand-names are on board, as well. Nike is creating custom-decorated Palm Springs-inspired golf balls, sports caps and polo shirts; and Nike designs for Palm Springs and surrounding desert communities. Destination PSP has also partnered with Macys.com, which offers Destination PSP’s Sunmor melamine and acrylic collection of drink ware, serving dishes and dinnerware. The line features quintessential mid-century designs that echo the patterns of Palm Springs’ landmark mid-century modern architecture.
The flagship Destination PSP store opened in October 2014 (a mere three months ago) in downtown Palm Springs. As Jeffrey Bernstein, co-owner and a veteran of both the entertainment and retail industries, explained, it’s an attraction and a retail experience. “Our mission is to create tangible memories through inspired merchandise,” he said.
Of course, the store is in a mid-century building – the Town & Country Center, designed in 1948 by renowned mid-century modern architects A. Quincy Jones and Paul R. Williams. And there’s more than merchandise. The complex is a go-to for special promotions, ticket sales and unique attractions related to the merchandise. “Each non-profit that we work with has its own dedicated vignette used to display merchandise, sell tickets to upcoming events and tell its own compelling story,” Bernstein explained.
A satellite location just opened in the lobby of the Renaissance Palm Springs hotel adjacent to the . Look for new Destination PSP boutiques to spring up across the desert. According to Bernstein, this little Palm Springs company that made its retail debut in 2012 at the popular boutique in the Uptown Design District, is ready to roll into hotels, resorts, country clubs and upscale locations desert wide.
FYI: Destination PSP provides the official merchandise for the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Modernism Week and other special events. Original designs for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter, Desert AIDS Project, Coyote StageWorks, Palm Springs Modern Committee, Desert ARC and other non-profits are also available at Destination PSP.