A look inside the new retail shops in Europe, Canada and the US.
Paris, France: A stone’s throw from the Tuileries and the Louvre Tory Burch opens her latest flagship and first-ever boutique in France. The 19th century building, designed by architect Daniel Romualdez, is a 4,200-square-foot space at 412, rue Saint-Honoré. The interiors model a residential retreat similar to other Tory Burch outposts while nodding to the Parisian locale. The new location features Madeleine Castaing rugs, fretwork étagères, French oak chairs and white-washed oak floors. A roomy terrace on The second floor holds a special jewelry and shoe salons and outdoor terrace. And the fourth floor offers a private shopping suite for VIP shopping.
Vancouver, Canada: Christian Dior opens its first Canadian flagship store, in Vancouver. The store, which was designed by architect Peter Marino, features a ceiling installation by Rob Wynne in the accessories room that looks like little puddles of mercury. Vancouver’s Dior is the first of at least two Canadian flagships, with a second opening planned for Toronto.
Located inside the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver at 900 West Georgia Street (corner of Burrard Street), the space spreads over 7,000 square feet and two floors. Dior features accessories, fine jewelry and watches on the ground-level as well as a Dior Homme shop which can be accessed from a separate outside entrance. The second level features women’s ready-to-wear, evening wear, footwear, and a dedicated ‘VIP’ fitting room.
Paris, France: Inès de la Fressange’s charming new boutique on Paris’s Left Bank is organized like a chic bazaar. Vintage-inspired frocks in florals and checks hang from a copper rack in the center, and her prim shoes and smart sunglasses line the wall. Long farm tables and dark wood shelves are filled with blue-and-white textiles, straw baskets, ceramics, and other odds and ends you might find at a stylish hardware store. In the back corner, a cozy room with raw, unfinished walls looks like someone’s beach house haven, with a straw light fixture, bamboo seating, and plaster accessories.
Chelsea, New York City, USA: Rei Kawakubo opens his first free standing Pocket in the United States. There are now 30 Pocket shops worldwide in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand, as well as Singapore, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Melbourne. Set against a graphic polka-dotted backdrop, affordable items from the brand’s Play line, accessories and toiletries, are stacked floor to ceiling in Plexiglas cubes.
Comme des Garçons said it likens the Pocket concept, which launched in Tokyo department stores in 2007, to a modern-day convenience store for “pocket-sized items that you don’t have to think about too much and can buy on a whim.” Adrian Joffe, president of Comme des Garçons International, said the concept “celebrates the ease, efficiency and affordability of a convenience store.”
El Segundo, California: Lucky Brand collaborated with interior designer Erin Martin to create a new experimental shopping concept store for its new California locale. The interior design is in homage to the denim brand’s heritage. Martin draws from the indigo and denim blue for his color palette. The decor intertwines the Lucky brand jeans with industrial objects in metal, concrete, wood and leather. The space remains bright and airy thanks to multiple skylights.