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Nespresso Raffles City: New Boutique, New Pricing

Coffee lovers in Singapore will be delighted to hear that Nespresso has just opened a new boutique — the third in the country since its setting-up in 2008 — at Raffles City Shopping Center. A new addition to the 450 boutiques spread worldwide, its Raffles City venue, opened November 2 and showcased the brand’s products, from machines to capsules. A recycling point has also been created that allows clients to drop off their used capsules.

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Grand Crus Display Wall

To celebrate this opening, Nespresso will offer a new coffee recipe called Cococrema throughout the month of November. Created by Michael Callahan, an award-winning mixologist and founding bartender of 28 HongKong Street (named Best cocktail bar in Asia at Asia’s 50 Best Bars awards this year), the drink is a clever mix of condensed milk, sugar, coconut cream and honey making it “recognizably Singapore yet distinctly Nespresso.”

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Just opened: Nespresso boutique at Raffles City

Concomitantly, Nestle’s premium coffee brand announced a significant reduction of the price of its 24 permanent Grand Cru coffees in Singapore, bringing them closer to prices in other markets. The new pricing applies in stores, online and on the Nespresso mobile app.

Mixologist Michael Callahan and the Cococrema.

Mixologist Michael Callahan and the Cococrema.

“The Nespresso promise has always been to deliver the ultimate coffee experience with the highest quality coffee that can be enjoyed every day conveniently” said Country Manager Matthieu Pougin. “As we continue to grow in Singapore and most recently with the opening of our new boutique at Raffles City, we are also happy to announce this new price to enable more coffee lovers and Club Members to fully benefit from our exclusive Club services in Singapore.”

Nespresso Boutique Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road, #01-16

Rolex Opens Largest Singapore Store

Rolex Opens Largest Singapore Store

If you’re an F1 driver weaving your way across the Singapore street circuit, you might notice (if you’re a watch geek and are comfortably in the lead) that one of the Rolex logos on track is quite out of place. Well, that isn’t one of the many logos that will decorate the track area. In fact, it is a symbol of Singapore newest and largest Rolex store – also one of the largest Rolex boutiques in the world. Make no mistake though, this isn’t just about size; this is about an experience we like to call Green Heaven.

Green of course is the color of Swiss watchmaker Rolex but don’t expect some sort of parody of St Patrick’s Day or something, with a serving of the Dropkick Murphy’s or Van Morrison. Rolex is resolutely Swiss so perhaps, when you drop in, you could suggest that the bar stock Swiss wines (seriously underrated) and raclette.

Opened by Singapore watch retailer Cortina Watch last week in a stunning ceremony (complete with green cocktails, a sumptuous cheese spread and a gigantic whole tuna!), this 513-sqm store at Marina Square has space to spare. Part of this space is dedicated to a permanent exhibit called the Rolex Exhibition, which showcases the passion, heritage and commitment to excellence that characterize Rolex. It has also has some of our favorite watches, including the Sky-Dweller and the new (for 2016) Air-King.

Rolex Opens Largest Singapore Store

“The opening of the Rolex Exhibition marks another evolution in Singapore’s luxury watch retail landscape,” said Jeremy Lim, Chief Operating Officer of Cortina Watch. “We believe that the Rolex Exhibition will draw customers closer to the spirit of Rolex, as they gain a better understanding of the brand’s constant pursuit of excellence and innovation, and receive the world-class customer experience that Rolex is renowned for.”

There are three themes to the exhibition, The Rolex Way, The World of Rolex and Rolex and the deep, each of which shines a spotlight on something Rolex is famous for. Rolex and the deep, for example, celebrates the nautical exploits of the brand synonymous with the Submariner and Sea-Dweller, to say nothing of the Oyster. If this confuses you at all, you should definitely drop in at the store and get some knowledge.

The World of Rolex is perhaps what people know best about Rolex. This includes the opening paragraph of this story, meaning the involvement and association of Rolex with international sports like Formula One. From racing, polo and sailing to the world of the arts, Rolex keeps the time and sets the pace. This is the place to discover how the brand’s longstanding philanthropic efforts are making the world a better place.

The Rolex Way gets into the philosophy of watchmaking at Rolex, from the time of founder Hans Wilsdorf. This is our favorite part of the exhibition because it is both what we love best about Rolex and yet also what manufacture is most secretive about – Rolex watches don’t have exhibition casebacks so you can’t see the movement.

Rolex Opens Largest Singapore Store

Valentino Opens Omotesando Flagship Boutique

Italian fashion label Valentino is forging ahead with expansion plans. In collaboration with British architect David Chipperfield and Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli, meet the label’s new Omotesando flagship boutique in Aoyama, Tokyo. In commemoration of the new opening, the windows of Valentino stores will come to life worldwide with a special window installation.

A 300-piece limited edition tote bag will also be available for sale. Priced at 112 euros, 100% of all sales will be donated to the Kumamoto Earthquake relief, in aid towards the victims of the April 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake.

Read more about the Flagship boutique at Men’s Folio Singapore.

IWC Inaugurates Italian Boutique in Milan

IWC Schaffhausen never stops. It was first Rome, then Venice, and this year, the Swiss luxury label opens its third Italian boutique in Milan. Set in the city’s luxury shopping area of Via Montenapoleone 1, the opening ceremony was graced by a bevy of important business representatives, with the ribbon-cutting performed by brand ambassador Pierfrancesco Favino and television host and actress Alessia Marcuzzi.

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Of special note is the 100-piece limited edition Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition “Boutique Milano” watch, presented for the first time during the evening. Featuring the characteristic third button for the rattrapante mechanism and a stopwatch function with minutes and seconds, the watch is also aesthetically mesmerizing, to say the least. A red gold case, blue dial, black alligator strap, 31 jewels and the inscription of “01/100” on the case back of the watch spell timeless elegance. Throw in the “Biscione” incision – the grass snake of the Milanese Visconti family – and the luxury watch label shows its love and connection to Milan.

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Obviously, a celebration of haute horlogerie calls for the pairing of haute cuisine. Renowned Michelin-starred chef and IWC brand ambassador Andrea Berton presented a specially conceived menu, while the guests toasted with a fine selection of sparkling wines from the Ferrari Trento Winery.

HANDOUT - IWC Schaffhausen presented the limited and exclusive edition of 100 pieces of the Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition “Boutique Milano” (Ref. IW371215) during the gala dinner at Ristorante Berton for the IWC Schaffhausen Boutique Milan Opening on June 28, 2016. (PHOTOPRESS/Richard Morgano for IWC)

“We are honoured to officially inaugurate the Milan boutique. Milan is a city that reflects luxury par excellence, where everything is fast and dynamic, but that still appreciates the marking of time and the elegance of wristwatches,” said Beppe Ambrosini, Brand Manager IWC Italy. Will time ever stop ticking for IWC? Not on their watch.

IWC Schaffhausen Boutique, Via Montenapoleone, 20121 Milano, Italy – +39 02 8962 3901

Versace Launches Boston Store, Capsule Collection

Versace may be an established Italian fashion label but that doesn’t mean it misses out on milestones or that it is everywhere – yet. The brand now boasts its first store in Boston, Massachusetts, adding to its growing presence in the United States.

The 225 square meter space in the heart of the city boasts the opulence of Italy with modern elements. The floor of the store features marble mosaics that take their inspiration from ninth century Byzanite churches. In contrast to the historical touches are the Perspex walls and shelves with brass stars and metallic details that add to the feeling of luxury.Versace-Boston-capsule-collection-shoes

The retail space boasts a selection of ready-to-wear collections and accessories for both men and women. Also available within the store are capsule collections by the brand and limited edition offerings that will be made available at the new boutique. To commemorate the opening of the store, the label’s creative director Donatella Versace has designed a mini-collection that borrows elements from the Star-Spangled Banner. The capsule collection will reimagine the brand’s Palazzo stilettos and handbags in brand new shades and shiny cracked leather finishes. The designs will also be embellished with the iconic Medusa and a metal tag inscribed with “Versace Red, White & Blue.”Versace-Boston-bags

“I just adore the design concept of the new Versace Stores, which pays tribute to Italy’s cultural heritage,” said Donatella Versace. “In fulfilling this project Jamie Fobert has created a space in which the new Versace spirit can take flight. For me the boutique suggests an uninterrupted dialogue between our past and our future, between me and Jamie Fobert and obviously between Versace and our clients,” the Italian designer concluded.

Moschino Milan Flagship is Pop Art Dream

Knowing designer Jeremy Scott’s track record with designs both irreverent and ironic, is it any surprise that Moschino’s new Milan flagship would look like something out of a contemporary art exhibition? This new flagship store is a 700 square meter space spread over two stories, and will bring together Moschino and Boutique Moschino collections. One floor will be dedicated to their Couture line – but also featured is the brand’s ready-to-wear, accessories, textiles, beach wear, jewelry and fragrances, as well as menswear and a ‘Baby Kid & Teen’ selection.

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As per the art gallery-esque style, the dominant hue of the Moschino flagship is white. Oversized installations of Moschino products are strewn throughout – shoes, suits, and their iconic teddy bear. Shopping bags are transformed into oversized shelving units that contain signature accessories while the fitting room itself is a giant white Moschino biker bag with a zipper opening for an entrance. The look draws similar cues from their New York store, which has the same oversized objects.

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This opening marks Scott’s third sales point in the Italian fashion capital, joining the Moschino store which opened last year in Porta Nuova and the Love Moschino store on Corso Venezia. It is wild, stylish, and eccentric – and it is everything we’ve come to love and expect from them.

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Dior Homme Returns to ION Orchard

In a monochromatic scheme of black, grey and white, Dior Homme’s latest store sits quietly within ION Orchard. But the store is no wallflower – its distinct contemporary architectural design makes the retail space a very sophisticated one.

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The store’s facade sees a conceptual design that plays with optical illusion with cascading LED screens and acrylic fins. Its interior – consisting largely of leather furnishings, stainless steel fixtures and wooden flooring – is a thoughtful juxtaposition to the austere store front. You’ll find the best of Dior inside, from designs by creative director Kris Van Assche, to the label’s cult denim range, eyewear and fragrances.

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The store will also release a limited edition pouch – each individually numbered – to commemorate its opening. Only 15 of these will be for sale, so you best hurry if you want to get your hands on one.

Find out more about Dior Homme’s latest store at L’Officiel.com.

Moncler Flagship Opens in London

Moncler is expanding and one boutique in a cosmopolitan city that happens to be a global style capital just will not suffice. Located at London’s Bond Street, the spanking new flagship by the brand is very impressive. As the second boutique for the brand in London, it is safe to assume that Moncler will continue to expand aggressively here, and probably other markets too.

To learn more about Moncler’s new flagship in London, click here.

Hermès Celebrates Liat Towers Singapore Return

Hermès brings us back to where it all began in sunny Singapore. The newly refurbished store at Liat Towers is a result of thoughtful design and innovation. Spanning four floors, the store has dedicated sections for various needs, just as it did before. Ok, it is basically the same as before, except better. When we visited at the official launch, we found the flow of human traffic to be well coordinated, which is largely thanks to good design because no one was issuing any directions. That of course is the proof of the pudding when it comes to the “thoughtful design” bit. Filled with warm and inviting tones, take a closer look at what makes this the perfect place to shop till you drop.

To find out more about the new Hermès store at Liat Towers, click here

Chanel Opens Saint-Tropez Summer Store

You know summer is truly here when French fashion icon Chanel takes up its summer residence at the private mansion La Mistralée in beautiful Saint-Tropez. This year, the Kaiser works his magic (together with his very talented team of interior designers) to transform the pop-up store.

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The love affair between Chanel and Saint-Tropez began when the Mademoiselle herself used to sojourn there every summer. Karl Lagerfeld then picked the city as the venue for the house’s cruise collection for 2011, and has returned annually ever since.

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Inside, the boutique is an exquisite representation of the revered fashion house. Swathed in the Maison’s iconic shades of black, white, beige and gold, the boutique opens to an entrance hall with wooden panels that swivel to reveal bottles of the iconic Chanel No5 perfume. Monochromatic walls are punctuated by splashes of gold. Clothes and handbags are presented on two rails that run across the room, its minimalist charm a juxtaposition to the avant-garde sculptures and vintage chandelier that lights up the orderly space. The troves of display units and alcoves are now home to the new J12 Mirror and the other watch models.

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Outside, the La Mistralée pool shimmers with the light, its golden mosaic tiles reflecting the sun with an intensity that highlights the season’s shoes – the highlight of the pool house.

The Chanel Saint-Tropez boutique will open from 23 April – 5 October 2016.

Glashütte Original Thrills Singapore Collectors

With the presence of what seems like an endless parade of luxury stores in Singapore, things are looking up for the high-end market here. Recently, Glashütte Original dropped in as well with its own boutique, while also having two more over in Beijing, all in a span of six weeks. They held a spectacular launch last month over at the Marina Bay Sands, where an exclusive group of guests were welcomed by the president of the German watchmaking company Yann Gamard and Regional Sales Manager Wolfgang Lackner.

Mr. & Mrs. Koh Kok Keng and Mr. Yann Gamard

Mr. & Mrs. Koh Kok Keng and Mr. Yann Gamard

The opening was officiated by a ribbon cutting ceremony, and, to spice things up a little in a specially Asian way, it was followed by a lion dance performance. The rest of the evening was celebrated with an exquisite fine dining experience at Spago, and on the Sands Sky Deck. With a night view of the city’s skyline as a backdrop, guests had the opportunity to view the various novelties brought around by the brand this year, since the global release in Baselworld. They also had the opportunity to view watchmaking techniques from a Glashütte Original watchmaker.

Lion Dance at the Glashutte Original Boutique

Lion Dance at the Glashütte Original Boutique

In the dining hall, there was edible art in the form of delicately crafted stackable gears with little chocolate treats. The menu was specially prepared by Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck and his team, mixing up an imaginative and seasonal touch of fine cuisine with global accents. The latest timepieces were presented, such as the brand new Senator Excellence with the Calibre 36, a new version of the Senator Chronometer featuring a distinct blue face, and refined versions of the Lady Serenade.

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Guests taking a closer look at the art of German watchmaking

This grandiose opening marks the start of Glashütte Original’s greater presence in the Asia region, and a great boon to horologists here as well. A night of common love in the art and craft of watchmaking – what greater joy could you ask for?

Dark Geometries: Christian Dada Singapore Flagship

Luxury brands are always touching down in Singapore, seeking new markets here and in the broader region but there is still quite a lack of that alternative touch  Opening at 268 Orchard Road, the new Christian Dada flagship aims to channel a futuristic flair with a dark edge.

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Christian Dada was originally founded by subversive designer Masanori Morikawa in 2010. Taking inspiration from the irreverent humor of the Dadaist movement, he twisted the name “Christian Dior” over for his own uses (unfortunately, as he put it in an interview with Japan Times, not considering the potential Judeo-Christian misunderstandings that could erupt). This inspiration carries over into his design sense – a highly anti-conformist and deconstructionist style.

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As for the design of the new store itself – you could describe it in this way: ‘cyberpunk-geometrical-goth-zen-garden’. Structural rocks are strewn all over the space similar to the famous karesansui miniature landscape-gardens in Japan. The rocks are a feat of origami expressed in metalcraft: sheets of black perforated metal folded into three-dimensional shapes. These rocks can be used for display, seating, mirrors, and fitting rooms. The store’s look was influenced by Morikawa’s trip to the ‘art island’ of Naoshima.

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Well, Singapore can’t transform into Harajuku overnight but this definitely marks a willingness to aim for a wider fashion sense in the market.

Michael Kors New Flagship Store in London

Fashion label Michael Kors has opened the doors to its largest flagship store in Europe. Located in London’s Regent Street, the firm’s new store calls a historic building with an elegant façade its home. The interior boasts a sophisticated and modern design concept, blending the past with the future. “London is one of the world’s great fashion cities and an endless source of inspiration for me personally,” says Michael Kors on the store opening. “I’m thrilled to be opening a beautiful new flagship on Regent Street that represents everything we do and offers our customers the full world of Michael Kors.” Regent_Street_Ground_Floor

The flagship store’s entrance starts off with pale and weathered limestone that also acts as a runway of sorts through the rest of the store. Dark Macassar wood floors, brushed stainless steel shelves, Venetian wallpaper and Calcutta marble fixtures showcase the subtle changes in Michael Kors signature store aesthetic. The mix of soft neutrals against warm wood, textural finishes and luxurious materials, gives customers a glamorous and sophisticated place to shop.London_Regent_Street_Menswear_034

Spread out across three levels, the 16,275 square foot flagship will carry every category of the designer’s products with areas dedicated to accessories, shoes, menswear and another just for women. “London is one of the world’s great fashion cities and an endless source of inspiration for me personally,” says Michael Kors on the store opening. “Our Regent Street flagship illustrates the evolution of the Michael Kors brand and the scope of our commitment to the business in Europe,” says John D. Idol, Chairman and CEO of Michael Kors. “This new European flagship enables us to present the full range of our luxury offering, including our exciting and fast-growing menswear line.”London_Regent_Street_1st_Floor_075

 

Bottega Veneta Calls Rodeo Drive Home

A milestone in its progression sees Bottega Veneta open a second Maison in Beverly Hills. Found in North Rodeo Drive, it will soon be followed by a third Maison in New York sometime next year. To commemorate the opening, the brand also showed off two exclusive editions to the Beverly 71/16 bag.

To find out more about the store and the Beverly 71/16, click here.

Loewe Opens First Southeast Asia Store

Luxury fashion house Loewe opened with its newly designed Casa Loewe in the heart of Singapore with a resounding bang, kicking things off by showcasing its Fall Winter 2016 collection right in Paragon Mall. This was the first look at the collection since its debut at Paris Fashion Week, and it was combined with a cocktail reception for VIPs and media from the region. Also present at the event was Loewe’s Creative Director Jonathan Anderson.

Jonathan Anderson and Deepak Sharma (Managing Director, LOEWE Asia Pacific)

Jonathan Anderson and Deepak Sharma (Managing Director, LOEWE Asia Pacific)

The Casa Loewe stands as a spacious boutique with gleaming black Marquina marble on the façade. Notable inside the store are the showcase of Loewe’s signature bags, as well as a special emerald green canopy overhead. This canopy was a reinterpretation of architect Javier Carvajal’s 1959 piece – first designed for the Loewe flagship store in Madrid.

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The exhibition, displayed in the center of the mall, was flanked by images from Publication No. 10 under the creative direction of M&M (Paris), styled by Benjamin Bruno and photographed by Jamie Hawkesworth at the Maison de L’Unesco the day before the fashion show in Paris set the space for the exhibition.

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“The opening of Casa Loewe in Paragon not only presents the brand’s modern identity, but with Singapore’s growth and emergence as a gateway for other South East Asian markets, also strengthens its presence in the region” said Anderson. Indeed, with other stores like Boucheron also viewing the region as an important market, this could be the start of a new era of luxury for Singapore, and Southeast Asia as a whole.

Boucheron Lights Up Second Singapore Store

Located at the heart of Singapore’s busy retail hub, Orchard Road is French jewelry house Boucheron’s new concept boutique – the Maison Boucheron. The store is found at the Takashimaya Department store and it is the second boutique to open in Singapore, with the current one being at Marina Bay Sands. Beyond the stunning jewelry that Boucheron is well known for, the boutique will also have a dedicated showcase for their comprehensive eyewear range.

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One of the focal points of this new boutique is its luminous setting, which was inspired by 26 Place Vendôme – the original historic boutique chosen by Frédéric Boucheron in 1893. The original boutique was positioned in a location where the sun would ensure the diamonds would dazzle from dawn till dusk. Taking that idea and applying it to a contemporary setting, the new one is swathed all over with white as its predominant color, and uses tastefully modern angular box-lightings for the ceiling, hung over the glass cases.

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Within those glass cases contains all of the iconic jewelry creations made with Boucheron’s design finesse. The sculptural Quatre, for example is one of those pieces taking center stage, as well as Boucheron’s collection of jeweled animals, and the symbolic serpentine jewelry – the Serpent Bohème. Other than jewelry, Boucheron’s exquisite timepieces feature too, like the Reflet watch and the new collection: Epure.

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Overall, the mixture of the luminous atmosphere and the glow of the jewelry work in tandem to create for a calm and graceful purchasing experience. Indeed, Boucheron has been renowned over the years for its hospitality towards its customers, gaining the support of countless illustrious clientele. In keeping with that, a special order service will also be offered to keep with clients needs and desires.

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For more information, you can check out Boucheron’s website over here.

Harry Winston Opens in Dusseldorf, Germany

The jeweler with mystique, Harry Winston, announced the opening of its new retail salon in Dusseldorf, Germany. The “King of Diamonds” will be located in a three-story space at Königsallee 10. This new salon now joins others in America, Europe and Asia.Dusseldorf-Salon_Harry-Winston-timepieces

The salon will feature the jeweler’s exquisite creations and timepiece designs as well as the finest diamonds and gems. Reflecting the style of Harry Winston, the salon captures the sophistication with its contemporary interior, with a few elements of the brand’s Fifth Avenue Flagship. Mixing neutral tones with antique bronze furniture and accents — with marble flooring and custom-made chandeliers of course — the salon is truly a luxurious space.Dusseldorf-Salon_Harry-Winston-interior

Those who wish to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience can look forward to galleries dedicated to high jewelry, bridal collections and timepieces. The offerings help to ensure that clients are able to indulge in a shopping experience that the Swatch Group-owned firm is known for, while simultaneously showcasing the finest works of Harry Winston. Clients who seek an environment that is discreet can also enjoy the private selling rooms — an example of luxury at its finest.Dusseldorf-Salon_Harry-Winston-interior-2

“Growing our retail network and reaching new audiences in meaningful locations has always been a key focus for the brand,” said Nayla Hayek, CEO of Harry Winston, Inc. “Dusseldorf is regarded as a premier luxury destination and we could not have imagined a more perfect location for our newest salon. With this opening, we look forward to sharing the House’s renowned heritage and extraordinary creations with Germany for the very first time, and welcoming our new and existing clients from around the world.”

Davidoff Opens New Flagship in Manhattan

The Swiss luxury brand Davidoff set its new flagship in Manhattan, with a space combining both a commercial area and a lounge to relax in. The 2,000 sqf location houses both a retail environment, and a nice little spot for you to sit comfortably after your purchases, topped off with various plush chairs and bespoke furnishings, from Walter Knoll and Poltrona Frau. Artist Pascal Meccariello also has a commission of his own residing within the lounge.

In terms of cigars, Davidoff is offering as premium a selection of goods as they’ve always had but for this instance they’ve also got a special one created for the opening of the store. The “Downtown NYC Exclusive” is a cigar not on sale anywhere else – and will cost $25 each or $250 for a box of 10. Another special service is the provision of private lockers for lease to customers who wish to have professionals look over their collection.

“The new flagship store in downtown New York marks the culmination of an ambitious new direction which brings our philosophy of ‘Time Beautifully Filled’ to life. From the expertise of the craft to the enjoyment of our products, this third Davidoff Flagship Store in New York will provide the ultimate luxury cigar experience to all who visit,” said Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO and board member of Oettinger Davidoff AG.

Typically, Davidoff sources its tobacco from Nicaragua and other nearby countries but with a thaw in US-Cuba relations underway, we would hazard a guess that any expansion in the USA must be to take advantage of the new situation.

For more information, check out Davidoff’s website here.

Bally Opens Flagship Store in Ginza

Swiss luxury brand Bally has opened a flagship store in the upmarket shopping district of Ginza. This marks a new chapter for the brand in Japan, and, to celebrate this, they’ll be unveiling an exhibition of pieces (titled Bally Untold) from their archives running till May 8, taking viewers through 100 years of its history.

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The Tokyu Plaza building stands at what is considered the ‘gate’ of Ginza, and the Bally store is located right there. Collaborating with David Chipperfield Architects, the flagship store stands out with a 50 meter brass aluminum façade running the width. The 845 square meters of space is set over two floors, with the ground floor dedicated to accessories and ready-to-wear collections, as well as the special Gentleman’s Corner. The second floor houses the VIP room and a space dedicated to events, which is also the space for the Bally Untold exhibition. Timber walling combined with a continuous white ceiling, spotted with light-tubes, creates and elegant modern atmosphere.

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The Gentleman’s Corner is dedicated solely to Bally’s expertise in shoemaking and shoe care. With its Made to Order and Made to Color services, customers will be able to create personalized shoes and belts with multiple color and material combinations. The VIP room is a private room for a more intimate and exclusive shopping experience, with its own private fitting room and service area.

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Exclusive for the Ginza opening, Bally will also reissue four shoe styles based on archive pieced dated to the 1930s. The limited edition shoes in D’Orsay style with a Louis XV heel come in red and blue silks punctuated with gold and silver leather.

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This is only one of the steps in an ambitious 15 store global rollout planned for 2016. After this Japan venture, the next flagship Bally aims to set up will be in Beijing, later in the year. These steps will surely cement the company, which came into establishment in 1851, further on the industry’s map.

For more information, you can check out Bally’s website here.

Balmain First Flagship Opens New York

Although Olivier Rousteing from Balmain was involved with dressing up the (in)famous Kanye West and the Kardashians for his Yeezy Season 3 show, the French fashion brand has never really taken a step into the US fashion market – until now. A New York flagship store, the first in the US, will open May 2, confirming the growing popularity of the luxury fashion house stateside. Located in the SoHo neighborhood, the boutique will offer menswear, womenswear and, as of this summer, children’s clothing.

“It had to be SoHo,” explained Rousteing. “Anyone who knows me knows that I find America incredibly inspiring”. The space is 2,150 sqft. The store takes design cues from Villa Balmain, the mid-century vacation home on the Italian island of Elba that served as founder Pierre Balmain’s retreat. It also follows the simplicity and lightness of post-war American design.

A post-Met Ball party will be held to celebrate the opening of the house, and we can probably expect the West family on the guest list, as well as other names of note.

Images courtesy of Balmain