Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz echoed our own sentiments in a phone call to WWD: "We're the last designer house in the world that didn't have a store in New York...it's about time." The proud designer approached the space as he would a garment: letting the raw materials influence the final product, rather than applying a predetermined formula.
The 3,550-square-foot store occupies the first three stories of a townhouse near 68th street, above which the company headquarters will reside come September. Elbaz's vision of the "luxury supermarket" brings together Art Deco and Art Nouveau fixtures to contrast with industrial lighting the brand's elegant wares displayed throughout the store on antique rolling racks and a grid of black shoe cubbies. We're not sure how we feel about the store supposedly only having three dressing rooms, but we won't complain until we have to.
The store promises to be a luxe haven stocked with Lanvin's very best, and we can't wait for September to check it out. Until then, there are plenty of pictures here.