Isaia to Open London Flagship

Isaia will open its first store in London, a 4,800-square foot shop at 45 Conduit Street, on Nov. 4. This marks the first store in the U.K. for the Naples-based luxury men’s brand, which operates 18 stores elsewhere in Europe as well as in Asia, the Middle East and the U.S.
Gianluca Isaia, chief executive officer and third generation of the family-owned company, said: “I visited London for the first time in 1976 when I was 13 years old and have loved it ever since. London is truly one of the greatest cities in the world. The history, sophistication and the love of tailoring make it the perfect place for Isaia to have a home.”
The store is being designed by Ferrari Architetti and will be decorated with art and artifacts sourced by interior designer Alberta Saladino that speak to its legacy near the Bay of Naples. It will include features also found in other stores such as a vintage Campari bar and a red lacquered piano.
It will be divided into distinct areas intended to spotlight the full range of offerings, including sportswear, tailored clothing and accessories, and there will be a separate made-to-measure area and a “Vesuvio” VIP room.
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H&M Responds to Union Rally Outside of Herald Square Flagship in New York

About 100 union activists, sales associates and elected officials rallied outside of H&M’s Herald Square flagship Wednesday afternoon calling for a fair new contract.
If the gigantic inflatable rat with an “Empower Workers” sign wasn’t enough of a clue to passersby, activists wore red T-shirts imprinted with Local 1102 Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. At times chanting “Union, union” and “Stand Up, Fight Back,” supporters cheered intermittently, holding signs that read, “Bad Pay Is Out of Fashion,” and “H&M Clopenings Can Kill.” Curtailing “clopening’s” — the practice of having an employee close a store at night and open the same location the following day — is one of the demands union members are asking of H&M management. They are also negotiating for guaranteed hours for part-timers, dental and vision benefits for workers, the right to time off after five consecutive days worked and longevity increases for employees with three years or more of tenure.
Having met with H&M representatives earlier Wednesday and with other meetings scheduled for later, Alvin Ramnarain, president of the Local 1002 of the RWDSU, said he doesn’t expect the matter to be resolved quickly. Answering a few questions, while the band Larry & the Larrytones warmed up the

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Harrys of London Opens New York Flagship

NEW YORK — Charles Cohen is just getting started.
It was just over a year ago that the billionaire commercial real estate developer purchased Harrys of London, a U.K.-based footwear and accessories label. And today, Cohen has opened the doors to the brand’s first retail store, a boutique with 770 square feet of selling space on Park Avenue and 57th Street. The store is adjacent to a space that will house a 2,000-square-foot Richard James store, the other British men’s wear brand in which Cohen bought a majority stake last March. That store is expected to open in late August.
Both brands were personal favorites of Cohen’s and were searching for new owners, so the developer stepped up and purchased them. But he’s hardly been an absentee owner. He serves as chairman for both labels and has immersed himself in reinventing the brands by modernizing and updating them.
“It’s been an exciting adventure,” Cohen said. “And it’s gone better than I ever imagined.” In fact, he said he’s just about to finalize his third fashion acquisition, one that will be “complementary” to Harrys and Richard James. He declined to provide more details, but said this one is not a British brand.
At Harrys, Cohen parted ways

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Isaia Opens Flagship in Rome

Isaia is setting up shop in the capital of Italy.
On Friday, the Naples-based luxury men’s brand will open its first store in Rome. Located at 68 Via Bocca di Leone, the boutique is the company’s third store in its home country, following Milan and Capri. It is located near the base of the city’s historic Spanish Steps.
The 2,152-square-foot store was designed by Ferrari Architetti and decorated with art and artifacts sourced by interior designer Alberta Saladino, including furniture and design features from the Bay of Naples.

Gianluca Isaia, chief executive officer and third generation of the brand, said: “We are proud to bring our Neapolitan heritage and personality to Rome. For the brand, it is a great moment to have a home in one of the oldest cities in existence with such a rich history.”
The store is divided into five main areas that highlights its assortment of sportswear, tailored clothing, a made-to-measure room, an open tailor shop, and a “Vesuvio” VIP room. The store features a pool table and a red lacquered piano, details that have been used at the company’s other stores around the world as well.

The location is in a 17th-century palace. 
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Red Valentino’s London Flagship Gets a Makeover for ‘Chelsea in Bloom’

MAY FLOWERS: Red Valentino is joining in the celebrations for “Chelsea in Bloom” — a long-standing London tradition that sees Chelsea retailers flood their storefronts with flowers — with a new window installation and a collection of punchy, floral T-shirts, presented at the brand’s London flagship on Sloane Square.
To pay homage to the “Summer of Love” theme for this year’s “Chelsea in Bloom” initiative, the label created a large-scale installation that spells the word “Love” and features on its window. It’s decorated with peonies, cestrum and dianthus — a selection of red flowers chosen by floral designer Larry Walshe.
The brand also got in the floral mood by lining their signature bouquet-printed clothing across its Chelsea boutique’s walls and joined forces with illustrator Ollie St Clair Terry to create a new red-and-blue floral print.

Limited edition T-shirt by Red Valentino x Ollie St Clair Terry. 
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During an event to mark the start of “Chelsea in Bloom,” St Clair Terry was stationed at the center of the shop floor demonstrating the screen-printing technique he used as part of his collaboration with the brand.
The print is presented on 100 limited-edition T-shirts and Terry called the tie-in a “perfect dream”: “Working with them was incredible, a lot of my work features floral and fauna so it ticked all the boxes of how I

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Details of Groupe Galeries Lafayette’s Champs-Elysées Flagship Teased at Hyères Festival

SHOP TALK: A store design by an experimental architect — Denmark’s Bjarke Ingels — who has never before worked on a retail project; Instagram-friendly features and a team of sales assistants — “exciting personalities” embracing the “new Parisian” — trained to engage with customers on a seamless journey around the store. Even the fitting rooms will have something to say.
Those were some of the details from Groupe Galeries Lafayette’s soon-to-open Avenue des Champs-Elysées flagship shared by Nadia Dhouib and Clara Cornet — respectively the site’s general manager and creative and merchandising director — during a talk at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography on Friday.
The 97,000-square-foot store, which represents around one-tenth of the Galeries Lafayette Boulevard Haussmann mothership, or the equivalent of one floor, is set to open at the end of the year in a former bank building on the famed avenue.
Don’t expect any screens, though.
“We spent so many hours and months thinking about the technology aspect and came to the conclusion that we don’t want any screens. People don’t go to a store to play with screens, but we did think about digitizing the staff and helping them to have this attitude of a concierge or personal stylist, giving

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Dior Celebrates Berlin Flagship in Time for Berlin Gallery Weekend

Starring Dior: Dior’s Berlin flagship opened on Kurfürstendamm in January, but who wants to celebrate in the gray of winter? Plus with a Spring/Summer 2018 Dior women’s theme paying homage to Niki de Saint Phalle, as well as the retail space’s assorted artistic touches, what better time for an official store fete than on the eve of Berlin Gallery Weekend Wednesday night?
Outside, a large, silver-mosaic sculpture in the spirit of de Saint Phalle’s iconic “Tarot Garden” set the party’s glistening tone, while inside one found the artist’s jubilant designs on boxlike clutches or embroidered sweaters. Fueled by an endless flow of Ruinart, a DJ set by the striking Melis, and the Dior ready-to-wear and accessories collections for men and women, the official opening party garnered enthusiastic response from local and international customers, assorted guests and the growing cadre of Dior-loving German actors, actresses and artists.
Wearing Dior’s silver mesh gladiator boots and a long black-and-white-dotted crepe-de-chine dress, cut open to reveal matching hot pants, young “Dark” star Lisa Vacari was having her first Dior experience. And it won’t be her last. Nominated for Bunte’s New Faces Award, she’ll be wearing Dior again tonight, and yet again on Friday at the German

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Alton Lane Opens Flagship in TriBeCa

NEW YORK — Alton Lane is going big for its 13th store.
The custom men’s wear brand on Friday will debut an 1,800-square-foot store at 7 Harrison Street in TriBeCa, its most ambitious and highest-profile opening to date.
“We view this as our flagship,” said Colin Hunter, cofounder and chief executive officer.
Alton Lane was founded in 2009 by Hunter and his college buddy Peyton Jenkins to offer high-end custom clothing and furnishings at an affordable price. The company uses 3-D body-scanning technology and offers a one-on-one experience in a relaxed environment.
The company also operates a store in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, but that location on the fifth floor is more of a destination. Because the brand has so many customers that live or work downtown, it made sense to open a store in that area.
“We looked for an opportunity for a location that was more accessible,” Hunter said of the bright, corner space in TriBeCa.
In addition to a large assortment of fabric books and a variety of fit models of suits, sport coats and dress shirts, the store also features a fully stocked bar with bourbon from Elijah Craig, a private poker room, several televisions and seating areas.

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Dior Expands in Germany With First Berlin Flagship

DIOR’S ARTISTIC BERLIN: Dior is growing its retail footprint in Germany with the French fashion house’s first stand-alone store in Berlin. Opening Saturday, the flagship at number 56 on this designer-studded stretch of Kurfürstendamm is marked by assorted artistic features. It provides the latest example of Berlin’s long-standing practice of incorporating art into retail environments.
Fabricated out of repurposed materials, the shop’s metal furniture by designer Stefan Leo, who has contributed to other Dior interiors, creates trompe l’oeil effects. Prague’s graffiti pioneer, Jan Kaláb, provided a softer note with his rounded, abstract LB Bubble artworks, while the Versailles parquet floors in the women’s department recalls Christian Dior’s personal fondness for the 18th century.
The store houses the Dior women’s and men’s collections, jewelry and perfume, and joins Dior German flagships in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich, as well as dedicated spaces in KaDeWe Berlin, Oberpollinger Munich and Breuninger in Stuttgart. The company would not comment on further expansion plans in Europe’s strongest economy.

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Carhartt Work In Progress Unveils a London Flagship near King’s Cross

KING’S CROSS CARHARTT: Carhartt Work In Progress, the fashion proposition from the American workwear brand, has opened its first London flagship in the newly-revitalized neighborhood near King’s Cross train station.
Located at 2 Pancras Square, near Nike, &OtherStories and Jigsaw, the 2,500-square feet store spans two levels and also houses a coffee shop. It carries the full Carhartt WIP men’s and women’s ranges and collaborations, with prices ranging from 25 pounds for a watch beanie, to 400 pounds for outerwear.
The interiors are meant to channel a “rugged utilitarianism” with canvas wall panels and display units designed in hues of brown and tan. Floors are done in concrete while aluminium lamps hang from the ceiling. Designer Faye Toogood created the post-industrial brass fixtures as well as the overall look of the store.
Brand director Wilfried Atzert said Carhartt specifically wanted to be in the neighborhood. “King’s Cross has had a transformation. The area is home to Central Saint Martins as well as London’s Eurostar international terminal. The surrounding area is in the middle of a very interesting expansion – offering a diverse mix of shops, bars, restaurants and headquarters as well.”
Launched in 1989 in Europe, Carhartt Work In Progress puts a trendy spin

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Apple Flagship on London’s Regent Street Hit by Thieves

APPLE ATTACK: Apple’s flagship on Regent Street was hit by burglars who robbed thousands of pounds worth of iPhones, iPads and Apple watches early Monday morning.
The thieves, armed with hammers, broke into the store by smashing the windows with mopeds. They threatened the security guard with a hammer and remained inside the store for just under three minutes. They escaped and left a red scooter inside.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed the incident: “Police in Westminster were called at [12:45 a.m.] on Monday to reports of an aggravated burglary. Ten suspects on five mopeds were reported to have smashed their way into the store and taken Apple products. Two iPhone Xs were later recovered near Kings Cross [train station].”
No arrests have been made, and the police could not confirm the value of the stolen goods.
Smash-and-grab raids have been increasingly frequent in central London, with Mappin & Webb’s Regent Street flagship and House of Fraser on Oxford Street robbed in a similar way last month.

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De Grisogono Marks Madison Avenue Flagship

De Grisogono is raising the curtain on its partnership with DLK founders and former Leviev executives Lisa and David Klein.
The two entities look to match De Grisogono’s flair for color and unconventional designs with the Klein’s expertise in important gemstones, which they honed at Leviev. As such, the two parties have worked together on new designs to be sold internationally. Additionally, the Kleins have spearheaded a new De Grisogono store at 700 Madison Avenue from which they will direct the jeweler’s U.S. business. The boutique officially opened its doors on Monday.
David is to fulfill the role of De Grisogono’s U.S. chief executive officer, and Lisa its president. De Grisogono’s international operations will continue to be run out of Geneva, Switzerland.
In February WWD announced the partnership, which has seen the Kleins’ Leviev business cease operations in order to focus on De Grisogono’s U.S. business development. They have also been hard at work to lend their expertise in stones to De Grisogono creative director Fawaz Gruosi’s designs, which have been known to skew brash and over the top, often through a use of semiprecious stones instead of remarkable gems.
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WeWork Venture to Buy Lord & Taylor’s Flagship Store

Real-estate startup WeWork has struck a deal to acquire Lord & Taylor’s flagship New York City store for $ 850 million, a move that will convert the landmark building into the startup’s headquarters next year.
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WeWork Venture to Buy Lord & Taylor’s Flagship Store

Real-estate startup WeWork has struck a deal to acquire Lord & Taylor’s flagship New York City store for $ 850 million, a move that will convert the landmark building into the startup’s headquarters next year.
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Balmain Opens First West Coast Flagship, on L.A.’s Melrose Place

LOS ANGELES — Balmain today opens its first West Coast flagship, at 8421 Melrose Place in West Hollywood. The 2,400-square-foot, one-story boutique will be the first freestanding store to house the complete offering from the recently relaunched accessories line, as well as the brand’s men’s, women’s and kid’s clothing collections.
The Los Angeles unit will also feature design elements of the new store concept, which is still “a work in progress,” according to chief executive officer Massimo Piombini. The fully realized retail concept will make its debut next year at a location that has yet to be determined.
“For as long as I can remember, Los Angeles has always been this incredible source of dreams and inspiration. Pop culture actually made me fall in love with the city even before I had set foot in it,” said Olivier Rousteing, Balmain’s creative director. “Later, my California friends introduced me to the singular lifestyle, relaxed glamour and exhilarating openness, diversity and freedom that one finds there, and that intoxicating West Coast spirit has been reflected in my collections. So, in many ways coming to L.A. is almost as much as a homecoming as the opening of a new flagship.” Rousteing and Piombini will celebrate the

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Anita Dongre Grassroot Opens First U.S. Flagship

Artisanal purveyor Anita Dongre Grassroot has opened its first flagship in New York. The space— located at 484 Broome Street — is filled with clothing and accessories produced by traditional Indian craftspeople.
Dongre currently operates stores in Mumbai and Delhi. The New York store is her brand’s first stand-alone presence in the U.S.
Embroiderers, weavers and sewers use their traditional techniques to create contemporary designs — tops, scarves, dresses and vegan sandals. The Grassroot brand aims to support these traditional trade crafts and empower female artisans.
She said of the strategic decision to enter the U.S. market: “I have always wanted to see Indian craftsmanship enjoy the attention of a global audience. With Grassroot, I design clothes that are beautiful and hold a purpose. My heart lies with the female artisans in villages who are the protectors of ancient textile crafts. My goal is to create designs that sustain the crafts while doing good for them and for the planet. With New York’s diversity and natural ability to bring out the best in fashion, I was keen to bring Grassroot to the epicenter of the world of fashion to present a point of view built on patience and heritage.”

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Jeffrey Rudes to Shutter SoHo Flagship

NEW YORK — Jeffrey Rudes will close his 5,800-square-foot store at 57 Greene Street in SoHo today. The boutique, which opened to much fanfare in July 2015, housed the designer’s luxury men’s wear and was his only freestanding store.
The reason for the closure was to focus on the brand’s “more lucrative” online business and selected wholesale accounts, a spokesman said. He added there were no plans at this time to open other freestanding stores. Rudes sells to Ron Herman in Los Angeles.
Based in Los Angeles with a design atelier in Bologna, Italy, Rudes had staged his men’s wear presentations at the SoHo store three times. In January, Rudes showed his men’s wear collection in a private duplex apartment in Paris, but also showed at the store as part of New York Fashion Week: Men’s.
At the fall 2017 presentation in Paris, Rudes, who designs alongside creative director Lorenzo Marchese, told WWD his aim is to nudge the customer gently forward each season and to offer clothes that are “wearable, approachable and consistent.”
The SoHo store was conceived by Rudes in collaboration with Steed Hale, principal of Steed Hale Interior Design & Co. Among the design elements were a renovated red brick and iron-columned

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Boucheron Renovates Place Vendôme Flagship

A JEWEL OF A BUILDING: Boucheron’s historic Paris flagship, a mansion located at 26 Place Vendôme, is about to get a renovation. Kering, Boucheron’s parent company, has filed for a building permit at Paris City Hall, and the project will be led by Michel Goutal, chief architect for historic monuments.
The renovation is timed to Boucheron’s 160th anniversary. The Place Vendôme maison hasn’t always been the brand’s home, but it has resided there since 1893, when founder Frédéric Boucheron chose the location, originally named Hôtel la Nocé. The idea is to highlight and preserve the building’s historic architecture, while complying with Kering’s commitment to environmental standards.
The site of scaffolding will be familiar to those familiar with Place Vendôme. Maintaining one of of Paris’ most beautiful and historic squares requires upkeep, especially in recent years. The Ritz Hotel reopened last year after a four-year renovation that coincided with the restoration of the Colonne Vendôme, the plaza’s centerpiece, which was also financed by the Ritz. The 145-foot column was built in 1810 as a military tribute to Napoleon I. The luxury plaza famed for jewelers and watchmakers is also home to Chanel, Chaumet, Dior, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lorenz Bäumer, Louis Vuitton, Repossi, Breguet and Van Cleef &

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Mezlan Opens New York Flagship

Mezlan is joining the men’s wear fray on Madison Avenue.
The high-end Spanish footwear brand has opened a flagship at 520 Madison Avenue in the Jeffries Building, joining Thomas Pink, Eredi Pisano, The Art of Shaving, Hartmann luggage and Reiss of London.
The 1,275-square-foot shop was designed by Mezlan owner Antonio Sanchez in partnership with Zora Mobiliario SL, a Spanish architectural firm.
“The space has been empty for around one and a half years because they wanted someone who fit in and would be complementary to the other tenants,” said Jack Abelson, a retail veteran who now serves as Mezlan’s national sales manager.
The store, with its marble floors, leather furniture and upscale wood fixtures, is intended to mimic the handcraftsmanship of the shoes.
This marks the company’s seventh U.S. store. The first opened at The Palazzo hotel in Las Vegas in 2008, followed by units at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, the 900 North Michigan Shops in Chicago, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City in Arlington, Va., the Houston Galleria and the Westfield Valley Fair in Santa Clara, Calif.

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The New York store is the first streetfront location, Abelson said. “This is a step up for us,” he said. “The other stores are nice, but this

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Brioni Opens New York Flagship on Madison Avenue

NEW YORK — Brioni is taking its luxury Italian aesthetic to Madison Avenue here with the opening of a two-level, 5,974-square-foot flagship on 62nd Street.
The store is the second iteration of a David Chipperfield Architects Milan design that launched in Paris in July on Rue Saint-Honoré. But Gianluca Flore, chief executive officer of the Kering-owned Brioni, said the layout of the New York store allows for a fuller expression of the design.
“It’s even nicer than Paris,” he said. “That fact that it is two full floors allows for the concept to express itself in a better way.” The Paris store is also on two levels, but one is below ground.
The New York store, which opens Thursday, replaces a smaller unit on 57th Street that closed on Sunday. The flagship was intended to open in late October, but construction delays, due in part to the fact that the location is a residential building, pushed back the opening date.
The opening of the store comes as Brioni is in the midst of another reboot after a tumultuous 10 months. It parted ways with its then-creative director Brendan Mullane, tapped Justin O’Shea as his successor, and then pushed O’Shea out after six months following pushback from

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Todd Snyder Opens New York Flagship

Todd Snyder is putting a stake in the ground in New York.
The men’s wear designer today will open the doors to his first American flagship, a 4,500-square-foot store at 25 Madison Square North at 26th Street. The shop, right off Madison Avenue, will offer a curated assortment of Snyder’s tailored clothing and sportswear and will include pieces from his myriad collaborations with brands as varied as Champion and Globe Trotter. It will also offer a coffee shop/bar, a barbershop and an optical boutique.
“I didn’t want to open just another retail store,” Snyder said during an exclusive walk-through on Monday. “This store is all about interacting with the customer and providing a unique experience.”
He said most men remain “intimidated by shopping,” so the store is designed to “tear down the barriers” and make them comfortable.
“It’s not just a clothing store,” Snyder stressed. “It’s a great place to come for a seasonal wardrobe upgrade with a personal stylist, to get fitted for your next suit while enjoying an espresso or a beer, or to hang out with friends while getting a haircut and a shave.” The store was designed by Snyder in collaboration with James Mills.
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Nicola Formichetti Toasts New Diesel Flagship in London

FORMICHETTI’S FORM: It’s been a busy week for Nicola Formichetti. On Wednesday, he was at the Victoria’s Secret show at the Grand Palais in Paris, for which he had created the 12 looks in the Pink section of the show. On Thursday, in his role as creative director of Diesel, he hosted the opening party for the brand’s flagship in Knightsbridge.
This, after trips to Venice, Milan, New York, London and Paris, all in the last week. He has one more trip to Italy planned for next week before he heads home to New York. His secret to calming down? Meditation.
“I did transcendental meditation for about a year, but then I went back to my original method, which is a breathing technique. You just focus on the nose, on the air in and out. I do it in bed for about 10 minutes morning and night because you feel weird when someone else is around. Then, when I’m stressed or traveling a lot, I’ll also meditate during the day.”
Rafferty Law, playing DJ for the night, has an almost comparably hectic schedule.
“I shot the Dolce & Gabbana ready-to-wear campaign in Capri last month, and I am getting ready to launch my own brand early next

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Coach Celebrates Opening of Regent Street Flagship

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: Following the launch of its new house on Fifth Avenue last week, Coach let the good times roll with a party to mark the opening of a Regent Street flagship on Thursday night.
Located on 206 Regent Street, next door to Stuart Weitzman (which is owned by Coach) the new 27,500 square feet space showcases the brand’s new retail concept.
Designed by creative director Stuart Vevers in collaboration with William Sofield, the shop aims to embody the concept of modern luxury and focuses on customization, with stations offering monogramming and made-to-order services.
It also highlights the brand’s playful spirit, with a metallic sculpture of Rexy the dinosaur, who stomps his way across the brand’s rtw and accessories collections, at the entrance of the store. Rexy also appears in street-facing windows, in the form of a neon pink light installation.
Dancers dressed in dinosaur costumes were the main attraction for party guests, including Kate Moss, Henry Holland, Poppy Delevingne, Erin O’ Connor and Daisy Lowe.
“It feels like a home-away-from-home because my house is filled with dinosaurs. I had a sweet chat with Stuart about it and he said that the message is embracing the child within, which is great. He

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Acne Fetes New Flagship in Berlin’s Gallery District

TRACKING COOL: “This already smells like cool from far away,” noted a guest walking towards the crowd in front of Acne Studios’ new Berlin flagship on Friday evening. Scenesters like Aino Laberenz, Justin O’Shea and Veronika Heilbrunner gathered for the opening that was catered by culinary starlet and Dottir chef Victoria Eliasdóttir (who happens to be artist Olafur Eliasson’s sister) and culminated with a party at the Victoria Bar across the street.
The 2,800-square-foot space in the city’s gallery district on Potsdamer Strasse boasts a sleek stainless steel interior enlightened by light tubes. It carries the Swedish brand’s  full ready-to-wear collections for men and women.
“When we came to Berlin ten years ago, we opened our first store in Berlin’s Mitte district with Andreas Murkudis. We looked for a new space in the same area, but then this space near Andreas Murdudis’ concept store became available. There aren’t really any fashion stores in this neighborhood, but he is here and there are a lot of galleries. We felt that we could do something off the beaten track from the normal fashion customer,” Acne Studio’s executive chairman Mikael Schiller told WWD.
Another boutique in New York is slated to open next week.

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Valentino Opens New Rome Flagship

ROME — Valentino is as much part of Rome as the Spanish Steps.
It is not surprising, then, that the Italian brand’s biggest flagship globally should be on Piazza di Spagna here, one of the busiest and most famous locations in the world near those very steps, in a 16th-century palazzo and a few yards away from the company’s headquarters in Piazza Mignanelli.
“The boutique has a symbolic value, it’s in the most central square in Rome near our headquarters, and the city has always been a source of inspiration for us,” said Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director of the brand with Pierpaolo Piccioli, in a joint interview at their office here. While the store bowed ahead of the Easter weekend, Valentino will mark its official opening with a couture show on July 9, for the occasion to be held in Rome rather than in Paris. Guests are expected to total around 700. “It’s like we are finally inviting everyone to our own home,” Chiuri said.
“This is a very important opening with a strategic relevance after our units in Hong Kong and New York, the two world capitals of consumer spending,” said chief executive officer Stefano Sassi. “Piazza di Spagna has an

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Burberry to Celebrate Rodeo Drive Flagship

BURBERRY’S WEST COAST RETURN: Burberry will throw its splashiest L.A. party to date when it rolls out the plaid carpet April 16 at the Griffith Observatory. The celebration of fashion, music, and Britishness (hipster band no doubt TBA) follows the unveiling of the company’s Rodeo Drive flagship last November. Chief creative and chief executive officer Christopher Bailey, who will host the party, said, “It is an incredible honor and a huge privilege to be able to bring a little bit of Burberry’s hometown of London to such an iconic venue in the heart of Los Angeles. Griffith Observatory is a truly inspiring place.”
Securing the location took months of negotiations and permits, after which Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said, “I’m excited to welcome Burberry to the City of Angels. Los Angeles is where the world comes to introduce what’s next, and as the apparel capital of the United States, our city is the ideal setting for iconic and innovative brands like Burberry to shine.” Elsewhere in the city, the house also sponsored The Hammer Museum exhibit “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio,” on view in Westwood until 24 May.

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