Lette Macarons Opens First Orange County Shop at Fashion Island

Beverly Hills-based ’lette Macarons has opened its first Orange County macarons boutique at Fashion Island.  Not to be confused with American macaroons, traditional French macarons are double-sided almond meringue cookies filled with white chocolate ganache.

Unable to find authentic macarons of her native France here in Southern California, Paulette Koumetz, founder of ’lette, set out to make her own. With the expertise of world renowned French pastry chef, Christophe Michalak, winner of the 2005 Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie, together they developed the recipe for this Parisian specialty.

Handmade daily at their central kitchen in Beverly Hills, ’lette offers 13 classic flavors, as well as seasonal flavors throughout the year. The store will display a rainbow of macarons in flavors such as classic Caribbean Chocolate and Raspberry, as well as the more exotic Earl Grey, Salted Caramel, Passion Fruit, and one of their most popular flavors, Sweet Wedding Almond.  ’lette Macarons are perfect for gifts and parties, from their five-tiered tower of macarons to their mini-boxes featuring their signature logo as a cut-out.

The ultra modern and sleek ambiance of the boutique can be seen at ’lette in Beverly Hills, Pasadena, Hancock Park, and now, Fashion Island in Newport Beach. ’lette is located near Nordstrom in the coastal shopping center.

“We are very excited about opening at Fashion Island,” said Koumetz.  “Fashion Island was selected as the first ’lette boutique outside of Los Angeles as a direct response to the requests by many customers who have been traveling to our current stores from Orange County and even San Diego. Newport Beach is also representative of all of the things we love about Southern California – the beach, the sun and friendly people. And I can’t think of a better place than Fashion Island with its great assortment of boutiques and restaurants.”

The delicious and vibrant colored ’lette macarons have been featured in numerous TV programs and magazines from Los Angeles, to The Oprah Magazine and others. For more information on ’lette, please call (949) 706 8299, visit or email

Visited by more than 13 million people annually, Fashion Island offers a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California.  Owned by Irvine Company, Fashion Island is home to Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, as well as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store and Macy’s. For more information, please visit