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Tesla London store

Tesla opens first London store

Tesla London store

Located in the Westfield shopping center, the Tesla design store, the first of its kind in the UK was officially openrd by the company’s co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk who also confirmed that first right-hand-drive version of its Model S will hit UK roads in March 2014.

“Tesla is taking the UK market very seriously, and there are more stores and service centers to come. We’re also going to establish a Supercharger network so Model S customers will be able to drive long distances anywhere in the UK using our network for free, forever.”

“The first Supercharger will be energized next quarter and we’ll aspire to have the entire country covered by end of next year. Most importantly, we are hard at work with Right Hand Drive Model S, and we aim to deliver the first one by the end of March 2014,” he said.

As well as showcasing the existing cars and technology, the design store offers consumers the chance to design and customize their own Model S and to learn more about the company’s electric engines.

Since arriving in Europe in August, Tesla has wasted no time establishing itself. As well as building a supercharging network in the UK, Tesla has pledged to offer similar networks throughout the continent.

By the end of 2014, 100% of the population of Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, will also live within 320 km of a Supercharger station, (the car’s driving range) where they will be able to recharge their Tesla free-of charge for the life of the vehicle.

And it’s the combination of the company’s battery technology and commitment to recharging stations that makes it such a formidable force.

The Tesla can travel 500km on a single charge and, when plugged into a special Tesla Supercharging station, battery power reserves can be topped up by 50 percent in just 20 minutes. Other electric cars need to be left overnight to charge the batteries.

During the Tesla store’s official opening, the company confirmed that the entry-level UK edition of the Model S will cost £49,900 (€60,000).

Galeries Lafayette returns to China after 15 years

 Galeries Lafayette China

France’s luxury department store Galeries Lafayette Friday launched a new shop in Beijing, seeking to tempt China with the “art of French living”, 15 years after a failed attempt.

The entrance to the 47,000-square metre (506-square foot), six-storey shop, intended as bridgehead in the world’s second-largest economy, is emblazoned with an Eiffel Tower.

The name the store has chosen as its Chinese transliteration — “Laofoye” — was historically a title of respect for the mother of the emperor during the Qing Dynasty.

Galeries Lafayette is targeting China’s middle class, with the economy the fastest-growing in the G20 and demand for luxury goods rising, despite a knock from a government crackdown on corruption.

The chain’s showpiece outlet on Paris’ Boulevard Haussmann is a top target for Chinese tourists visiting France — their favourite European destination — and the Beijing version includes a reproduction of its trademark glass dome, made up of LEDs.

With oak floors and distinctive French-style mouldings, the Beijing version looks to distinguish itself from the Chinese capital’s many malls and offers “a whole range of products with prices going from accessible to premium”, Philippe Houze, chairman of the Galeries Lafayette group, told reporters.

“Above all, we are a fashion retailer, and we want to reach customers who are not necessarily hugely rich, as well as fashionistas and the wealthy,” he added.

Its first attempt at establishing itself in the Chinese capital, a franchised outlet, opened in 1996 but closed less than two years later.

Galeries Lafayette has invested 42 million euros in the new joint venture with Hong Kong fashion distributor IT, and they are aiming to open around 15 outlets in China. The Beijing store is Galeries Lafayette’s fifth shop outside France, following Berlin, Casablanca, Dubai, and Jakarta.

Galeries Lafayette beijing

Hermès launches Silk Bar pop-up space in NYC

Hermes Silk Bar Pop-Up

French luxury house Hermès is opening a pop-up ‘Silk Bar’ in New York City to celebrate the release of its new Silk Knots app, which launched in September on iOS devices.

The concept store, which the brand has previously deployed in Taipei, London and Hong Kong, sees Hermès sell a series of scarves, ties and other accessories.

The Silk Bar is located within the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, Manhattan. The NYC location comes with a retro ‘Diner’ theme and big neon Hermès signs, including a ‘daily silk specials’ board.

Also available is the new Maxi Twilly line which launched last week (scarves available for $290), but the main aim of the pop-up is to drive customers to the label’s main stores.

Visitors to the pop-up are also encouraged to use the Silk Knots app, which teaches users about the history of the famous carré, provides fun tutorials explaining different knotting techniques, and lets you upload photos of yourself in your new Hermès looks.

Hermes Silk Pop-Up

Shang Xia Paris store inside

Shang Xia, the ‘Chinese Hermès,’ to open Paris store

Shang Xia Paris store inside

Shang Xia, the Chinese subsidiary of Hermès International, will open its first French store in Paris’s ultra-chic Saint-Germain-des-Près neighborhood on September 12.

The brand’s first store in Europe will occupy a 70 square meter space located at 8 Rue de Sèvres (6th arrondissement). Japanese architect Kengo Kuma designed the shop, which will feature objets d’art, clothes and jewelry made from traditional Chinese materials.

Parisian fashionistas will be introduced to collections made from bamboo, Mongolian cashmere and even Chinese eggshell porcelain.

Before the opening of this store, Shang Xia has operated solely in China, where it has two stores, one in Beijing and one in Shanghai. The new Paris store will be the brand’s first abroad.

Gucci boutique Brera Milan by Google

Google and Gucci team up for virtual store

Gucci boutique Brera Milan by Google

Gucci is the first luxury brand in Italy to join the Google Business Photos, which allows customers to explore a store space from the comfort of their own home.

Google Maps users can now travel from the street into and through the menswear boutique in the Brera area of Milan. The store, which opened in June, is the first-ever Gucci flagship dedicated to men.

The Google Business Photos project essentially works like an indoor version of the Californian tech giant’s Street View feature, which allows you to navigate through the environment via immersive street level photography, stitched together into a seamless digital environment.

Hermes luxury Basketball

Hermes Unveils $12,900 Luxury Basketball

Hermes Basketball

After an 18-month renovation, Hermès is reopening its Beverly Hills store on Sept. 4. To commemorate the opening, the brand is rolling out its first-ever basketball for a whopping $12,900.

Only two of the balls have been produced at the special-orders atelier in Paris under Pierre-Alexis Dumas‘ creative direction.

The ball is made of blue calfskin and uses the same hand-stitched technique as Hermes’ Birkin bags.

“It represents the sky, the ocean and all the beautiful pools that are a way of life in L.A. and Southern California,” says Robert Chavez, Hermes U.S. CEO, who says that the exceptional quality of the leather as well as the artisanal craftsmanship account for the ball’s price. Via Hollywoodreporter & Hypebeast.

Fendi Opens Children’s Store in Kuwait City

Fendi Kids Store Kuwait city

Luxury brand Fendi has unveiled its first kids’ store in Kuwait City. The Fendi Kids Store, located in the Avenues Shopping Mall, is “an adorable and cosy space carrying collections from the newborn to kids.”

Fendi opened its first freestanding children’s store in Hong Kong in September 2011, and the concept has exploded around the world with boutiques in Rome, Prague, Jeddah, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Doha having opened up. There are additional locations within the Harrods department store in London, at Paris’s Galeries Lafayette, and at Milan’s La Rinascente.

Fendi Kids Store Kuwait

Children’s luxury is a growing sector. This September Canadian designers DSquared² are set to unveil their debut collection, while fellow Milanese label Roberto Cavalli already has a successful Junior line.

Gucci, Stella McCartneyDolce & Gabbana and Burberry have also entered children’s wear as brands have recognized the value of dressing the next generation of luxury consumers as early as possible.

Fendi Kids Store

Giambattista Valli opens accessories boutique

Giambattista Valli store

Giambattista Valli is opening a Parisian store entirely given over to his high-end shoes and accessories.

Situated opposite the main store (30 rue Boissy d’Anglas) the space is dedicated to the most luxurious and exclusive shoes, bags and jewelry from his collections, and is set to open in September.

Limited edition items have been created especially for the store, including a version of the recently launched ‘Valli’ bag, the ‘pretty ugly’ Birkenstock-inspired sandals in crocodile, and a special jewelry collection designed by longstanding creative collaborator Luigi Scialanga, who has produced all of Valli’s fine jewelry since the house was first launched in 2005.

Valli debuted his first haute couture collection in July 2011 and has become a major name on the schedule, regularly dressing fashionistas and celebrities like Diane Kruger for the red carpet.

Giambattista Valli accessories

Gucci Opens Men’s Flagship in Milan

Gucci men flagship store Milan

Italian fashion house Gucci has opened its first men’s flagship in Europe in the heart of Milan, the historic Brera district, in front of the internationally renowned museum Pinacoteca di Brera.

Gucci men flagship store Milan

The new shopping destination is surrounded by the Milanese art district’s prestigious galleries, design boutiques, and antique shops.

Gucci men flagship store Milan

Boasting a design concept by Creative Director Frida Giannini, the Gucci men’s store spans more than 500 square meters across three floors and features a dedicated area for the Made to Measure program: a personalized, luxury sartorial offering for the modern day gentleman.

Gucci men flagship store Milan

A series of backlit panels with the House’s Diamante pattern lead the way inside the store. Signature Gucci materials of rosewood and ebony are enhanced with the introduction of new elements such as matt light grey marble – exclusively used in Gucci men’s stores – fluted glass, warm brushed bronze, smoked mirror and smoked bronze glass, recalling the elegance and richness of the Art Deco era.

Gucci men flagship store Milan

The flagship features a full range of menswear including ready-to-wear, shoes, luggage & lifestyle accessories, small leather goods, sunglasses, watches, jewellery and fragrances at the ground floor.

Gucci men flagship store Milan

On the upper floor, a dedicated space complete with a VIP fitting area showcases the Made To Measure program together with Made To Order service for men’s shoes. The lower level hosts a further selection of the men’s ready-to-wear collections along with shoes, silks, an assortment of sunglasses and belts.

Gucci men flagship store Milan

Gucci’s Brera store will be the first to offer the capsule collection designed by Creative Director Frida Giannini and Lapo Elkann, conceived as “Lapo’s Wardrobe.”

Milan Brera district

Blancpain flagship store Shanghai

Blancpain opens its largest ever boutique in Shanghai

Blancpain Shanghai

Luxury Swiss watchmaker Blancpain – owned by Swatch Group – has opened its largest boutique in the world, in the Xintiandi district of Shanghai, China. The store is the brand’s eighth in China.

Xintiandi is one of Shanghai’s most popular districts, a place where people love to stroll along the open streets lined with boutiques as well as cafés and restaurants with terraces.

Blancpain flagship store Shanghai

The 600 square-metre Xintiandi flagship, spread over two floors, presents the brand’s finest creations and for the first time offers a range of additional services.

Blancpain store Shanghai

The new boutique offers an integrated customer service centre as well as a lounge bar where traditionnal Swiss-made foods can be enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the Xintiandi district.

Blancpain store Shanghai lounge bar

Chanel store 382 rue St Honore

Chanel opens pop-up beauty boutique in Paris

Chanel store 382 rue St Honore

Chanel has unveiled a new store on Rue St Honoré in the French capital dedicated to perfumes and cosmetics. Situated at number 382 of the Rue Saint Honoré in Paris, the store is located around the corner from Chanel’s original Paris store on Rue Cambon which is currently undergoing rennovations.

Chanel has recently announced it would be expanding its historic store (originally a hat store financed by Gabrielle Chanel’s lover Boy Capel, and called ‘Chanel Modes’) which is set to be finished in 2016.

According to the brand, the new Rue Saint Honoré store will stock makeup collections, exclusive colors and advance previews as well as offer a specialized perfume service.

Nicholas Kirkwood opens Las Vegas Store

Nicholas Kirkwood Las Vegas store

British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood has unveiled a new 1,400-square-foot store located in Las Vegas’ Wynn hotel. It is the designer’s second opening in the United States after his NYC flagship.

Alongside the main lines are a number of exclusive Vegas styles that Kirkwood has created especially for the occasion. The first option is a Swarovski Elements embellished point-toed pump with a metal heel in black, strawberry or ocean blue ($1,295).

There’s also an even pricier black and gold zigzag pump, which features Swarovski crystals ($2,995). The two shoes will be available from the Las Vegas boutique from the start of June.

Born in 1980, Nicholas Kirkwood studied at Central Saint Martins in London and went on to work for miliner Phillip Treacy before creating his namesake label in 2005. Alongside his own creations he has designed runway footwear for brands including Rodarte, Peter Pilotto, and Erdem.

Nicholas Kirkwood Las Vegas boutique

Berluti store London

Berluti opens London ‘maison’

Berluti store London

Luxury label Berluti, which has recently expanded beyond shoes and accessories into ready-to-wear, has reopened the London flagship store.

Set over three floors, Berluti has unveiled a decadent new London home for its menswear, accessories and shoe collections.

“We wanted to create a men’s club where the atmosphere and feeling belongs to a private place where men can feel at home,” creative director Alessandro Sartori told WWD. “We chose London because the idea was to open the first maison where the history of the brand was.”

Designed by Gwenaël Nicolas, the ‘Maison’ boutique includes the brand’s original shoestore, which had been present on Conduit Street for 15 years, but which has now been enlarged to hold the latest ready-to-wear offer.

Nicolas picked typically luxurious finishes, and, in a nod to the brand’s 118-year leather-working heritage, used plenty of the stuff, including a leather-walled bespoke space for appointments with the French and Italian tailors or the ‘bottier’.

Run by Antoine Arnault and part of the LVMH luxury group, Berluti expanded into menswear last year, with luxury collections designed by Sartori, formerly of Italian label Zegna.

Berluti new store London

Fendi Sao Paulo store

Fendi opens debut store in Brazil

Fendi Sao Paulo store

Italian luxury label Fendi is unveiling its first boutique in Brazil in the city of São Paulo.

Open from June 5, and located in the city’s Citade Jardim Mall, Fendi’s first standalone boutique in Brazil is a 3,800-square-foot space in the booming commercial capital.

Fendi Sao Paulo Boutique

Alongside the Fendi men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, the store will stock limited edition Brazilian items inspired by the country’s colorful flag including the brand’s famous ‘Baguette’ bag and a Brazil-themed scarf.

Fendi Sao Paulo new store

Despite the warm Brazilian climate, the store will also carry around 20 furs: “there’s a growing appreciation for luxury there,” Fendi’s CEO Pietro Beccari told WWD.

Brazilian customers “travel a lot and they represent a very big potential for us. They buy all categories: our bags, ready-to-wear and furs. It’s about a Fendi silhouette,” he added.

Fendi Sao Paulo

This week the brand hosted 200 guests for a star-studded dinner at the Museum of Modern Art which honored Beccari and designer Silvia Venturini Fendi. On the guestlist were some of Brazil’s biggest fashion names including supermodels Ana Beatriz Barros and Izabel Goulart.

Fendi first Brazil Boutique opening

Cutler & Gross to open NYC store

Cutler and Gross Toronto store

Cutler and Gross has been at the heart of London’s luxury eyewear scene since the company was first founded in 1969 by Graham Cutler and Tony Gross.

Each pair of the spectacles is handcrafted at the brand’s factory in northern Italy, and can take up to four weeks to manufacture using a combination of traditonal techniques and cutting-edge materials.

This May the brand will be opening its first American store in the heart of SoHo in NYC. The shop will host a permanent exhibition containing the 4,000 plus handmade Cutler and Gross frames including the collaborations with designers including Giles Deacon, Maison Martin Margiela and Martyn Ball.

It’s not just about luxury shades though — customers will also get access to full optometric and prescription services and, at the heart of the store will sit a private showroom with bespoke service allowing customers to choose their own custom color, frame and lens combinations.

The boutique was designed by Mani Mani of Fishtnk Design Factory and there’s a minimalist concept behind the space with a 1960s New York Arts Movement twist.

To celebrate the launch the brand has created a New York Style Collection, a set of limited edition handmade frames, which have been designed with the helping hand of some Big Apple Icons.

Mercer Street Map by Cutler and Gross

MM6 store

Margiela’s MM6 launches first European store

Maison Martin Margiela MM6 store Paris

The diffusion line by luxury brand Maison Martin Margiela has opened its first European store in Paris.

The first MM6 store opened last September in New York City. Paris, the second location for the brand and the first in Europe, is set to be followed by spaces in Milan and London later in the year.

The 80 square meter space is located around the corner from the famous Ritz Hotel, on the place du Marché Saint-Honoré in Paris’s luxury-packed first arrondissement.

MM6 boutique Paris

As usual, it’s a monochrome affair, with the space covered in white industrial tiles, and the floor in a dark chevron pattern wood parquet. The changing rooms also feature a trompe-l’oeil tile-effect carpet.

Founded in 1997 as a lower-priced second line for Martin Margiela’s experimental main collections, MM6 mixes conceptual basics with feminine touches for ready-to-wear, accessories and leather.

MM6 store Paris


Maison Rabih Kayrouz opens in Saint-Tropez

Maison Rabih Kayrouz boutique

As summer draws near, Maison Rabih Kayrouz has announced that it is opening its first boutique in Saint-Tropez. This new establishment featuring pieces by the Lebanese designer will be a stone’s throw away from the famous Place des Lices on rue Gambetta.

It was entirely designed by the architect and scenographer Christophe Martin. Customers will discover a dressing room, a mini hall of mirrors and collections of light flowing dresses and cotton pieces.

As part of the launch, Maison Rabih Kayrouz has designed a limited edition collection of summer essentials, from printed sarongs and purses to colorful pashminas.

Maison Rabih Kayrouz boutique Saint-Tropez

Karl by Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld To Open Store in Amsterdam

Karl Lagerfeld store Amsterdam exterior

After launching his first concept store in Paris this spring, the German designer is set to open his second boutique, packed with cutting-edge digital technology, in the Dutch city of Amsterdam.

Karl Lagerfeld‘s new store is aiming to align the brand’s modern design with a host of digital treats. Featuring men’s and women’s ready‐to‐wear, footwear, eyewear, and accessories, the store will also be home to a specially curated selection of Lagerfeld’s collaborations, objets d’arts, and gift ideas.

Lagerfeld isn’t shy about mixing emerging tech, social media and fashion; even his cat Choupette has her own Twitter account, so it comes as no surprise that the new store will feature iPad minis on the clothes rails to let customers browse the collection.

More iPads will be available with a special ‘digital guestbook’ to let them surf the web, take photos in the store, and even leave personal messages for the designer.

Fitting booths will also be kitted out with touch screens which will allow shoppers to photograph their own look and apply a set of ‘Karl-inspired’ filters, before sharing the images via FB, Twitter and email.

Located in the hip 9 Straatjes (‘9 streets’) area of the Jordaan district, and set to open early May, Karl Lagerfeld’s second concept store is part of a global roll-out which will see the fashion brand appearing in additional European locations throughout 2013, before expanding into Asia.

German-born Paris-based designer Karl Lagerfeld is design chief of his namesake label, as well as creative director at luxury brand Chanel and Italian label Fendi.

Karl Lagerfeld store Amsterdam

venice grand canal

Benetton launches megastore on Venice’s Grand Canal

Fondaco dei Tedeschi

Venice has given permission for one of its most famous buildings on the Grand Canal to be converted into a Benetton ‘megastore’ amid fierce protest from conservationists. The Fondaco dei Tedeschi, a 13th century palazzo, was bought by the international clothing retailer for 53 million euros in 2008.

Despite promising to spend millions to restore the crumbling facade, the company faced strong opposition from heritage campaigners who claimed it would damage Italy’s ‘historical identity’.

According to the Dailymail, thousands of tourists stop every day to take photos of its magnificent facade, once painted by 18th century landscape artist Canaletto.

Benetton have enlisted the services of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas to turn it into a shopping centre and public area inside the building’s 10,000 square metres of floor space.

fondaco dei tedeschi venezia

chocolate macaron

Pierre Hermé Paris Opening in Hong Kong

chocolate macaron

Hot on the heels of Ladurée opening their first Hong Kong store in Harbour City last year, Master pastry chef Pierre Hermé has announced he will be opening his first store in Hong Kong too.

The diverse range of macarons available here will include Arabesque, Crème Brulee, Imagine, Infiniment Chocolat Porcelana, Infiniment Rose, Céleste and Mogador.

The Pierre Hermé Paris boutique will open at the IFC Mall in Hong Kong in May.