The most stunning luxury boutiques in the world
As Coco Chanel once said: “Fashion is like architecture, it is a matter of proportions.”
It’s no longer enough to just have beautiful pieces inside the boutique, now luxury fashion houses are fighting to be beautiful inside and out with new, striking buildings popping up every year.
Here are BLLNR’s top picks.
Louis Vuitton in Ginza, Tokyo
With an aquatic theme that continues inside with wavy embellishments and even a giant jellyfish and wavy staircase, Louis Vuitton’s striking store was designed by acclaimed architects Jun Aoki and Peter Marino and opened earlier this year. Proving that bigger is always better, this new flagship spans over four floors with a VIP lounge on the top floor for those special LV fans.
Dolce & Gabbana in Rome, Italy
Dolce & Gabbana is to Italy almost as espresso is to Italians so it comes as no surprise that their flagship boutique sits on the corner of Piazza di Spagna, one of the most famous shopping streets in Rome. Spread over two sweeping floors, architect Eric Carlson helped the brand realise their opulent, baroque dream and turn the boutique into a marble, mosaic and frescoe Roman temple.
Prada Marfa, Texas, USA
When is a boutique not a boutique? Well, when it’s this installation by Prada. One of the most Instagrammed sights on record, it was created in 2005 by architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello and designed to deteriorate naturally over time.
Louis Vuitton, Singapore
Louis Vuitton have long taken their inspiration from the sea – theres been a Forte dei Marmi tote, a Capri collection and a Porto Cervo line, so it comes as no surprise to hear that when designing a new flagship boutique for Singapore, the brand chose to build it by the sea. The brainchild of architect Moshe Safdie, the boutique actually sits on the sea with an artificial island of glass and steel holding the roots up and the design created to look like a luxury yacht all while giving panoramic views of Marina Bay.
Burberry, Schenzen, China
Given the fact that Burberry are one of the most innovative and socially-minded fashion brands around, it doesn’t come as much surprise that they called in the help of China’s largest social media company, Tencent, to create a boutique that resonated with the town’s growing tech hub reputation. With a sleek and modern design that goes against the traditional heritage theme the brand leans on, shoppers can use WeChat to engage with shop staff regarding stock, preselect their clothes, book themed fitting rooms and even choose their own music.
Given the fact that Dior’s Haute Couture is often dreamy and full of whimsy, it comes as no surprise that architects Christian de Portzamparc and Peter Marino leant on that theme to aim to recreate the clothing’s fluid movement and airy feel. Made with white fibreglass, the boutique flows over three floors, using mirrored walls and fabric-draping to bring the outside fluidity inside. With a VIP Lounge, gallery and even Pierre Herme macaroon shop inside, no wonder shoppers find it so hard to leave.
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