BY ANDREW C. STONE | November 2, 2010 | Style & Beauty
Over the past several years, as the economic downturn has spread throughout the world, few among us—even our most glamorous friends and neighbors—have been spared its effects. Fewer still can boast an upswing in business. But Yossi Dina, a tough-looking yet charming ex-Israeli commando, is in the business of lessening others’ economic malaise. And business is booming.
Dina is known as the “pawnbroker to the rich and famous” and is the go-to guy when a starlet, high roller or power broker needs discreet financial relief. His South Beverly Wilshire Jewelry & Loan is known the world over for lending sizable sums to the fabulous set, in exchange for ritzy collateral. (A respectful staff quickly disarms any sense of embarrassment.) Meanwhile, his Dina Collection is a coveted— and impossible to duplicate—assortment of luxury automobiles, watches, estate jewelry, art and other assorted gorgeousness. He provides an indispensable service at a time when the wisest among us are making tough but necessary decisions for the future.
Dina’s refined taste and passion for the items he offers is evident throughout his collection. For the timepiece aficionado, there’s an array of vintage and designer watches from brands such as Cartier, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Hublot Genève, among others. His jewelry selection is sophisticated and vast, including men’s and ladies’ rings, cuff links, necklaces, bracelets and diamonds. The car garage houses dozens of vehicles that will make even the most seasoned auto enthusiast green with envy. Meanwhile, his art offerings include Warhols, Kandinskys, Chagalls and Picassos, as well as a number of works by 19th-century masters.
Whether you’re looking to acquire something truly special at a great price or lighten your load at a hard financial time, Dina provides the means with a sense of dignity and style. There’s no time like the present to let it work in your favor. thedinacollection.com
PHOTOGRAPH BY JESSICA BOONE