On March 9, Bottega Veneta added its first boutique dedicated to home and furniture goods to its roster of stores in Milan. The luxe location, designed by creative director Tomas Maier and situated inside an 18th-century building, houses all of Bottega's collection of artisan-made glassware, porcelain, desks, beds, table lamps, and seating in individually curated rooms, arranged as if in a home. Via Borgospesso 5; 39-02/76-00-99-34.
Valentino’s Rome flagship opened on April 10 next door to the label's headquarters. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the men's and women's store has a sleek, modern feel with white marble stairs and floors, exposed light bulb fixtures, and hanging oak shelves (pictured below). Piazza di Spagna; 39-06/94-51-57-10.
French fashion house Maison Margiela launched its Milan flagship on April 10 in the city's fashion quarter. The two-floor boutique will focus on womenswear and accessories with a separate suite designated for footwear and Maison’s Haute Couture collection. The store’s design blends classic and modern elements, including Haussmannian ceilings, classic molded cornices, raw concrete, and tiled floors. Via Sant’Andrea 5; 39-02/79-89-28.
Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille moved into Miami's Bal Harbour Shops on April 10, celebrating the brand’s third location in the United States and its first on the east coast. Like the brand's other boutiques, the store is decorated with masculine finesse—brushed steel, dark Makassar wood, plush furniture, and etched glass panes echoing mechanisms in Mille’s watches—and houses all of the Richard Mille tourbillons as well as some limited-edition timepieces. The Miami location in particular boasts the new RM 022, a 10-piece black carbon design. 9700 Collins Ave.; 305-866-6656.
The Cidade Jardim Mall in Sao Paulo is now home to Brazil’s first Ralph Lauren retail location. Designed to call to mind Brazil’s grand ranches and the brand’s equestrian heritage, the boutique, which opened April 14, features fountains and archways built with cast stone and plaster. The location will house the brand's menswear, womenswear, watches, footwear, and accessories.
Tomas Maier, Bottega Veneta’s lead designer, opened a new store in New York City's West Village on April 20. The charming, red-brick location is his second in Manhattan and his fourth in the country. (He will open his fifth in June at Miami's Bal Harbour Shops). The open-plan design houses the brand's expertly crafted classic clothing, along with scarves, wallets, and belts, tucked away in drawers for shoppers to uncover for themselves. 407 Bleecker St.; 212-547-8383.
Swiss watchmaker Hublot opened its first store in San Francisco near Union Square on April 30. The boutique, the company’s 12th in the U.S., is decked in dark, masculine decor, with classic modern furnishings in shades of grey and gold, and houses the brands iconic pieces. Also on offer are the brand's newest collaboration with Kobe Bryant, the Big Bang UNICO Chronograph Retrograde Kobe “Vino” Bryant, and Hublot’s latest 2015 designs from Art Basel and SIHH. 174 Geary St.; 415-981-2200.
New York apparel company Vince is expanding its retail reach this spring with brand-new stores launching across the country. The latest additions in New York and Washington, D.C. share a clean, open layout dotted with brass fixtures, flannel furniture, and a Mondrian-inspired felt wall. The Capital's store in particular will focus on offering the brand's best looks for transitioning from the office to a post-work event. Shoppers can expect a slew of other new locations to pop up later this year in Scottsdale, Houston, and Merrick, Florida. 1093 Palmer Alley, NW; 202-730-0157.
Louis Vuitton recently opened its doors in Miami's Design District, debuting a four-floor store with a gallery space and a terrace. Designed by Jun Aoki and Mirei Uchibe, the store's design is inspired by Art Deco and Tropical Modernism, and plays host to several pieces of contemporary art, including a collection of watercolors by Swedish graffiti artist Andre. Along with shoes, jewelery, accessories, leather goods, and clothing, the store will sell exclusive items (including men's and women's shoes and bags) as well as the brand's hardsided travel cases, which can be customized with monograms. 140 NE 39th St.; 305-573-1366.
The Max Mara London store is undergoing an extensive renovation and expansion, conceived by design studio Duccio Grassi Architects. Set to debut May 20, each of three levels of the store will have a distinct new look: a basement with brass elements and a LED wall; a ground floor with large windows and parquet flooring; and a first floor that includes a terrace and garden (pictured above), all connected by a spiral staircase and repeated touches of brass, linen, and stone. The newly revamped space will also host the brand's Resort showcase on the same day as the store's reopening. 21 Old Bond St.; 44-20/7499-7902.
Byredo opens its first flagship outside of Sweden at the end of May, with a sleek new store in the Soho neighborhood of New York. Architect and designer Christian Hallerod incorporated traditional woodwork (the ceiling beams are Canadian Douglas fir), custom Terrazzo floors, and polished aluminum details throught the modern space, which will be the first store to house all of Byredo’s products, including fragrances, beauty products, leather goods, accessories, eyewear, and several items designed exclusively for the location. 62 Wooster St.
Image Credits: Courtesy of Valentino; Courtesy of Max Mara