Torafu Architects have developed the latest Aesop boutique in Shibuya, Tokyo, where rectangles of brown glass surround the doorway, referencing the trademark brown bottles that line the walls of the store. An elongated demonstration sink sits just inside the entrance, also made from blackened steel, with a mirrored splashback from which simple garden taps protrude.
Giorgio Armani has inaugurated its new store in Rome at 77-79 Via Condotti. The 900sqm space – across three floors – features the entire Armani universe of products. Over 700 guests including actress Sophia Loren and singer Tina Turner attended the inaugural event ‘One Night in Rome’.
Baccarat has opened its premiere commercial space in Manhattan, spanning 230sqm on the 10th floor of Midtown’s Decoration & Design Building. The showroom boasts more than 20 of Baccarat’s elaborate chandeliers, alongside coloured and clear stemware and barware, elaborate candelabras, floor and table lamps, vases, cake stands, and other decorative items.
Berluti has revamped its London flagship store, to reflect the brand’s expansion beyond shoes and accessories into ready-to-wear, under the direction of Antoine Arnault and creative director Alessandro Sartori. Set over three floors, designed by Gwenaël Nicolas, the ‘Maison’ boutique includes the brand’s original shoe store, which has now been enlarged to hold the latest ready-to-wear offer.
Blancpain has opened its 8th boutique in China, in the Xintiandi district of Shanghai, with the largest of the brand’s 30 stores to date. For the first time, Blancpain will offer an integrated customer service centre and lounge bar, with a terrace overlooking the entrance to the Xintiandi district offering a choice of traditional “Swiss Made” gastronomy products.
Breguet unveiled its biggest boutique in the world at the Langham Hotel in Shanghai. The near 600sqm flagship reflects a new contemporary design concept, spread out on three levels, housing the Manufacture collections. Inside the boutique videos reveal the watches production, whilst the upper floor houses a museum tracing the history of the prestigious Maison Breguet, enriched by several ancient watches.
Chanel’s London flagship store has shifted from Old Bond Street. Designed by Peter Marino, the new 1,000sqm boutique – its largest to date – at 158-159 New Bond Street, carries handbags, shoes and clothing, alongside jewellery, perfume and make-up. 25 pieces of art were commissioned to decorate the store, with inspiration taken from Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment on Rue Cambon.
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Ermenegildo Zegna, Doha
Ermenegildo Zegna opened a new boutique in Doha, in The Gate Mall, a luxury shopping centre on Al Wahda Road. The single-floor 200sqm space was created by Zegna’s in-house architects based on the creative concept developed by architect Peter Marino and houses the complete range of Ermenegildo Zegna collections and accessories, including Couture.
Etro is the latest luxury brand to open in Vienna’s ‘Golden Quarter’. The first flagship store in Austria for the Etro brand covers 700sqm across three floors features men’s and women’s ready to wear, leatherwear, accessories, sunglasses and fragrances. This is the second largest Etro store worldwide after Shanghai. (NYC boutique pictured)
Fendi, São Paulo
Fendi has opened its very first store in Brazil, in the Cidade Jardim Mall in São Paulo. For the occasion, a limited edition Baguette has been created as a tribute to the Brazilian flag.
Graff Diamonds has unveiled its 11th store located in the Jolie department store in Shenyang, North East China. Based on a concept by interior architect Peter Marino, the exterior of Graff Shenyang boasts a highly artistic façade comprising an open grille, punctuated by the distinctive Graff Icon motif, which sits atop a textured bronze backdrop.
IWC, Cruise Ship
IWC Schaffhausen has announced the opening of its first boutique on board of a cruise ship. “Mariner of the Seas” is the first cruise ship to unveil an IWC boutique on-board, setting sail in Asia, servicing cruises out of Singapore and Shanghai, China. Dark and white wood, glass, leather and polished stainless steel are a few of the signature design cues seen throughout the boutique.
Jaquet Droz, Shanghai
Jaquet Droz has officially opened its very first store in Mainland China, in Shanghai, coinciding with the opening of a unique exhibition to mark the Jaquet Droz’s 275th anniversary. The boutique is the sixth Jaquet Droz flagship in Asia after Hong Kong, Macau and Tokyo.
Loewe has opened its first ever men’s store in Asia, with a 40sqm space in Singapore, in Takashimaya Shopping Centre. As a world exclusive, Loewe will launch a limited collection of Toledo briefcases in refined ostrich, whilst bespoke items can be made-to-order and personalised for visitors to the Singapore boutique.
Missoni Home, Southampton
Missoni’s dedicated furniture and homewares division has opened in the upscale resort town of Southampton, NY. The Missoni Home store features the full range home collection products, including rugs, lamps, bed linen, garden and beach furnishings. Further Missoni Home store openings in the U.S. are planned for Los Angeles and Miami.
Nicholas Kirkwood, Las Vegas
Following the opening of its New York boutique, Nicholas Kirkwood has debuted in Las Vegas, located at the entrance of the Encore Esplanade at the Wynn hotel. The interior design by London-based architect Mehrnoosh Khadivi recalls the signature Nicholas Kirkwood style: geometric shapes and patterns are found in the chrome and glass tables and the marble floors.
Prada, San Jose
Prada has opened a new flagship store in San Jose, California, within the upscale Valley Fair Mall, operated by Westfield. The 600sqm space, designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi in keeping with the global design concept, features ready to wear and accessories for both men and women.
Emilio Pucci has opened its 160sqm space in Miami’s Design District, the brand’s third location in Southern Florida. Art Deco-era pastel and tropical hues evocative of Pucci’s prints are used throughout on furnishings and décor, as oversized free-standing brass ‘totems’ – homage to props Founder Emilio Pucci used in one of his first fashion shows – spell out “PUCCI” on the retail floor.
Richard Mille, Kuala Lumpur
Richard Mille’s Kuala Lumpur is the second to debut with the new RM global retail design concept. This “new generation” boutique includes a watchmaker’s workshop made entirely of glass, alongside a huge glass display case engraved with a three-dimensional Richard Mille watch and a sculpture by aeronautics experts evoking the mechanisms of the brand’s timepieces.
Saint Laurent, NYC
Saint Laurent has debuted on Greene Street in Soho, with a 370sqm space based on the new design concept by Hedi Slimane. Sleek, white marble shelves stretch the whole length of the left wall of the store, whilst high, rectangular jewellery cases made of glass and mirror-plated brass reach nearly to the original tin ceilings. Vintage Jean Prouvé chairs, and a range of one-of-a-kind accessories frame men and women’s collections.
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