NEW YORK — The new Dior retailer on Fifth Avenue and the southeast nook of 59th Street is simply momentary — it can function for about two years — but the impression befits one of many world’s main luxurious manufacturers.
The two-level, 6,480-square-foot area is impressed by Dior’s Champs-Élysées flagship in Paris, capturing a number of of the identical components and motifs, most noticeably a excessive Cannage-patterned wooden dome, rising about 20 toes excessive, proper within the heart as customers enter off Fifth Avenue. Cannage is an emblem of the House of Dior, evoking the Napoleon III-style canework chairs on which Christian Dior preferred to seat company at his exhibits. The sample fashion can also be evident on the Fifth Avenue retailer’s Versailles parquet oak and polished concrete flooring, on the home windows, and with the lighting on the outside of the constructing rigged with a lightbox.
“A temporary store can be a temporary store, or it can be an occasion. I believe in the fact that you need to exploit every chance you are given, or every chance you create for yourself, to represent a part of the brand or to further build the equity of the brand,” mentioned Pietro Beccari, chairman and chief govt officer of Christian Dior Couture, in an interview at his workplace on Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Dior is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
Along with the Cannage dome, the Fifth Avenue retailer replicates Dior’s “ABC” personalization service for monogramming and detailing with charms for a personalized look and the equipment to show round an order in a day. Both, mentioned Beccari, “are very important topics for us that are very visible and very well represented there.”
The Fifth Avenue retailer opened Monday. It quickly substitutes for the Dior retailer on 57th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, the place a renovation and enlargement will quickly be underway, although a piece of the primary ground will keep open for enterprise in the course of the challenge.
On 57th Street, “We will more than double the size, and probably we’ll add one floor to it,” Beccari mentioned. The retailer there will develop into the neighboring Fendi boutique, following the Italian model’s transfer to the Fuller constructing.
But for now, it’s clear Beccari is happy with the provisional retailer on Fifth Avenue, and its location proper subsequent to Apple and its pedestrian plaza. The Dior area beforehand housed a short lived Cartier retailer.
“The square is very beautiful, so we are very happy to have this location for the next two years,” Beccari mentioned. “It’s going to be replacing the business, but especially, we will use it to give maybe a new facet of Dior for New Yorkers, which they do not yet know.” On 57th Street, “We don’t have such a space for accessories such as fashion jewelry, hats, bracelets, sunglasses and belts, and I think in this store, you will see more of that,” the CEO mentioned.
WWD toured Dior’s Fifth Avenue retailer, together with a bevy of visible, retailer design and public relations personnel.
The retailer feels compartmentalized, quite than being vast open, thereby offering a way of discovery and intimacy strolling by way of, but there’s a level of spaciousness achieved by the excessive ceilings with cove lighting, and the prevailing shades of off-white, beige and light-weight blue. Custom-upholstered sofas and armchairs lend a residential really feel.
There’s a way of curation, quite than in depth merchandise. Women’s classes are on the left as one enters, with separate class areas starting with leather-based items, then footwear, adopted by ready-to-wear and nice jewellery and timepieces. Dior Maison is displayed within the personalization space, and exotics are displayed on the decrease degree, the place there are additionally two VIP salons with becoming rooms. There are additionally 4 becoming rooms on the primary ground.
Men’s on the correct facet of the shop follows the identical development of classes as customers stroll by way of, although there aren’t any timepieces or jewellery in that space.
Metal show cabinets projecting from the partitions are as excessive as 9 toes and set towards ornamental plaster partitions. There can also be backlit paneling, and 10-foot excessive sneaker partitions, one within the males’s and one other on the ladies’s facet.
Tall sliding doorways present privateness in nice jewellery to the rear of the principle ground, and downstairs, within the VIP salons the place there’s art work by Kim Bartelt. The stairwells are adorned with an artisanal plaster paneled wall.
Officials mentioned the area will likely be animated with new launches and pop-ups, together with unique editions, capsules and different surprises, together with unique Rose Des Vents nice jewellery for the opening, and for the grand opening, which will likely be in September, there will likely be particular excessive jewellery.
The males’s and ladies’s home windows draw inspiration from the units of Dior’s winter present, with the ladies’s window created in partnership with French artist Eva Jospin.
Dior’s Manhattan initiatives mirror the technique in Paris, the place the luxurious model opened a flamboyant momentary retailer on the Champs-Élysées whereas its Avenue Montaigne flagship undergoes renovations. But extra considerably, the New York shops are a part of an unlimited retail enlargement program within the U.S., encompassing the current opening of shops within the Westfield Valley Fair mall in Santa Clara, Calif., and on the Scottsdale Fashion Square heart in Scottsdale, Ariz., in addition to the upcoming renovation of shops in Las Vegas and Miami’s Design District. In addition, the model will open a second retailer in Houston on the Houston Galleria and a boutique on the Fashion Valley mall in San Diego, Calif., each within the third quarter this yr, and one other in Orlando, Fla., within the fourth quarter.
“Of course, the United States is a very important market for us. We are doing very well in the U.S.,” mentioned Beccari, whereas declining to offer any figures.
Dior pre-launched its fall 2021 assortment on the Monday opening of the Fifth Avenue retailer, whereas another Dior boutiques within the U.S. will launch the gathering on Thursday. The international launch is about for July 29. While a cocktail is deliberate, the model expects to host a bigger celebration to coincide with the opening of the “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” exhibition on the Brooklyn Museum on Sept. 10.
“That’s going to be a major event for Dior, and I hope for the city as well,” Beccari mentioned. The first main New York present devoted to Dior for the reason that 1996 retrospective on the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it can spotlight the historic hyperlinks between the home and the U.S.
Christian Dior established a presence in New York the yr after founding his vogue home in 1947 and was embraced by the U.S. press from the beginning. It was Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief Carmel Snow, who famously dubbed his first designs “the New Look.”
A couple of months later, Neiman Marcus gave Dior its “Oscar” Award for Distinguished Service within the Field of Fashion, prompting the designer to embark on a visit by way of the U.S. that led to the opening of the Dior New York department on Fifth Avenue in 1948.
“He loved the U.S. and he loved the public in the U.S., and it’s really something that is still in the air,” Beccari mentioned.
“He was so modern in his way of approaching his time. It’s incredible what he was able to do in only 10 years. Not only did he invent the New Look, but he launched a perfume together with the New Look, going abroad immediately. He was an entrepreneur, a courageous man and a dreamer,” the CEO added, noting that this spirit impressed the inner firm motto “Dream in Dior” launched in 2018.
The French vogue home has remained a sponsor of the annual Guggenheim Gala, regardless that it was canceled final yr as a result of coronavirus pandemic. This yr’s occasion is scheduled for Nov. 17.
“I don’t know if it’s going to be physical or not, but I hope so,” Beccari mentioned. “We are partners in good times and bad times. This year, we hope that we’ll be able to celebrate this partnership in physical presence. And if not, it will be for the next year.”