Saint Laurent Soho

A Store Is Born: Saint Laurent Soho

Here's an officially sanctioned interior shot of Saint Laurent's new downtown space, the latest in Hedi Slimane's "realigned visual identity." No doubt you have an excellent imagination, so picture the large, 4000-square-foot space filled with the creative director's pre-fall collection — because it will be soon, like, this week — eventually carrying the complete women's and men’s collections, including accessories.

The interior design — black and white marble, poured concrete, and ample use of glass and mirror — follows similar store revamps in Paris, Berlin, Shanghai, and soon uptown and Beverly Hills, yet remains respectful of the architectural heritage of the historic cast-iron Soho district. Further pointing to a deep respect for artistic integrity, furnishings will consist of mostly French modern masters, including Jean Prouvé, Marcel Breuer, Jules Leleu, and Pierre-Emile Legrain.

Saint Laurent, 80 Greene Street, NYC

Jun 05, 2013 21:49:00

A Store Is Born: Louis Vuitton Venice

While in Venice for the Biennale, why not paddle your gondola over to the new Louis Vuitton flagship? Situated in the heart of the Floating City, the new store houses a wider range of leather goods, luggage, and ready-to-wear than the average LV store. That, and the fact that there is a gallery space, makes the Espace Louis Vuitton Venice the first of its kind in Italy and the sixth in the world.

There's a reason for the stepped-up presence in Venice. This is the birthplace of fancy footwear some seven centuries ago, and has been where Louis Vuitton shoes have been crafted since 1998; specifically, at its famed Fiesso d'Artico workshop between Venice and Padua. As such, in the new space, the house has also installed an elaborate hanging display of shoes from its fall 2013 collection.

As it's quite easy to get lost in Venice's labyrinth of ancient canals, here's a scenic video to help you on your journey...

Jun 02, 2013 20:56:00
Opening Ceremony Tokyo

A Store Is (Re)Born: Opening Ceremony Tokyo

Opening Ceremony has reopened its Tokyo flagship, decamping from its Shibuya location—which opened in 2009—to Omotesando. Giving Yayoi Kusama a run for her money, Ben-Day dots abound, in bright blue, green, pink, and lavender on the walls and floors. The store, with its painted wooden horses, ostriches and llamas, turns up the kawaii quotient, charming and coaxing shoppers into snapping up exclusive merch (Kenzo, Rodarte, John Derian, Toga, Peter Jensen, Tripp, Pamela Love, House of Hackney) and OC's seemingly endless collaborations (Kiko Mizuhara, Chloë Sevigny, Yoko Ono, adidas Originals, DKNY).

Opening Ceremony, 6-7-1-B Jingumae on Cat Street, Omotesando, Tokyo

Apr 25, 2013 17:17:00
Poler Outdoor Stuff, Portland

A Store Is Born: Poler Outdoor Stuff

Living up to its name, Poler Outdoor Stuff makes pretty great outdoor stuff intended for nature freaks and couch potatoes alike, as anyone who watches Girls will know (Lena's Dunham's Hannah had on a Poler wearable sleeping bag, the "Napsack," in one episode). Their backpacks, tees, tents, jackets, and beanies—not to mention sporting gear for skaters and snowboarders—have a nice demure, aw-shucks quality about them that makes Portland the ideal spot for their first store. Situated near the Ace Hotel and Stumpton Coffee, the shack of a shop carries a range of their own merch, in addition to a collaboration with a "friendly brand" each month, the first of which is BAGGU bags. So go ahead and make all the Portlandia jokes you want because nothing is more ironically hilarious than saying your new Napsack is "by Poler."

Poler Outdoor Stuff, 1300 SW Burnside, Portland

Mar 21, 2013 13:04:00
Lil*Shop Atelier

A Store Is Born: Lil*Shop Atelier

In the loony world of Comme des Garçons, retail is taken quite seriously. And so when its Guerrilla Store in Berlin closed at the end of last year, rather than actually close, the owner, Lil Schlichting-Stegemann, opened Lil*Shop Atelier one door down. The new space offers vintage and archive designer pieces by the likes of Antipast, Faliero Sarti, Francesca Zunino, Labo Art, Peachoo & Krejberg, and Tsumori Chisato, as well as current collections by Studio Ito, Physicalnovel, Les Moutons Noirs, and of course plenty of Comme des Garçons and Junya Watanabe.

Lil*Shop Atelier, Brunnenstraße 185, Berlin

Mar 13, 2013 14:26:00

A Store Is Born: Dirk Van Saene's DVS

Dirk Van Saene may be among the quieter of the Antwerp Six, but he's hardly sitting still. The bashful Belgian has just opened DVS, a bungalow of a boutique smack in the middle of Antwerp's fashion district. And once again he's not hogging the spotlight; the modest shop carries the likes of Walter Van Beirendonck (a fellow Sixer), Veronique Branquinho, Frieda Degeyter, Sofie d'Hoore, Monsieur Maison, as well as his own wares.

DVS, Schuttershofstraat 9, 2000 Antwerpen 

Feb 22, 2013 16:51:00
Chloé, Paris

A Store Is Born: Chloé, Paris

Apparently the French like to cure hangovers with open floor plans and plush seating. Following its massive 60th-anniversary bash and exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Chloé has just opened a new Paris flagship as airy, translucent, and soft-focused as the house's image. In partnership with Clare Waight Keller, Chloé's creative director, architect Joseph Dirand looked to an iconic time in the label's past—the pre-gauche seventies, the time of Karl Lagerfeld's reign—to outfit the store, Chloe's 50th worldwide and second in Paris.

Dirand, while better-known for his partiality to hard surfaces à la concrete (Rick Owens, London) and marble (Alexander Wang, Beijing), stayed true to Chloé's bougie-breezy vibe, assembling a gentle-hued and smooth-edged space lit by bay windows and skylights. He even designed the furniture, its natural lines and rounded corners an homage to Maria Pergay, Gabriella Crespi, and other greats of interior design.

Chloé, 253 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001

Jan 02, 2013 17:19:00
site of DSM NYC, now and in 1937

Dover Comes Over

Rei Kawakubo and her urban nomads in New York now have a place to go—and it's NoMad, literally. Her plans to open a Dover Street Market in New York have long been known—following DSM in London and Tokyoas are her plans to open it in an unconventional neighborhood. That would exclude Comme des Garçons' neighborhood of Chelsea, where the label helped launch, with its own move in 1999, a mass migration of art-minded retailers from Soho.

Today came word that Murray Hill, a formerly humdrum hood, would be the location for the new Dover, opening about a year from now. Lexington and 30th, to be exact, an area that's affectionately come to be known as NoMad, or north of Madison Park, where Ace Hotel and Kitsuné have their digs and steps away from Marc Jacobs' favored venue, the Lexington Avenue Armory. Built a century ago with funding from John D. Rockefeller, the seven-story forgotten temple of a building is the ideal spot to consecrate the latest Church of Comme.

Dec 09, 2012 12:02:00
"Can I Make Music Fly" by Bruce Weber for Dior Homme

A Store Is Born: Dior Homme Miami

As usual, architectural precision and luxe finishes define Dior Homme's shiny new store in Miami's Design District (161 NE 40th Street). Less usual: creative director Kris Van Assche has commissioned Bruce Weber to create a short film incorporating ballet and classical music. Titled "Can I Make the Music Fly," it features Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, English violinist Charlie Siem, pianist Mason Buccheri, and 12-year-old violin prodigy Claudius Agrippa. (The film will go on view December 6 on and remain on view in a permanent installation in the store.)

Here's a trailer...

Dec 05, 2012 13:24:00

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