For a brand with such a rich history, Valentino has proven its ability to create a truly modern space with its newly opened flagship on New York's Fifth Avenue.
The 20,000 square foot store is not only the Italian fashion house's newest outpost, but also its largest. The space, at 693 Fifth Avenue, was previously home to the Takashimaya department store. While the first two floors showcase accessories and women's clothing, the third floor plays host to men's clothing and accessories. It's only the second Valentino store in the United States that carries men's products. (The other one is all the way on the other side of the country, in San Francisco.)
Valentino creative directors Pierpaolo Piccoli and Maria Grazia Chiuri worked with David Chipperfield Architects to redesign the John Burgee and Philip Johnson-designed building. The exterior got a new facade composed of black steel and aluminum, and the inside got filled with gray Venetian terrazzo marble, and furniture made from leather, wood and brass. The airy, minimal displays let the product, and not the design of the store, take focus.
Speaking of products, Valentino will offer clients its made-to-measure denim program at this location, as well as a selection of men's couture outerwear. Customers who buy those coats will have their measurements made into a bust that Valentino's couture atelier will use to create a handmade coat. Which will certainly be handy for those few people who can't find something else in this store to love.
—Details associate online style editor Justin Fenner.