Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris.
American designer Michael Kors has just opened his eponymous womenswear brand’s largest store to date, and its first standalone store in France. Spread over 7,000 sq ft and three floors (two floors of retail space with offices in the basement) on Rue Saint-Honoré, the store features the designer’s full collections, including his mainline,diffusion range Michael by Michael Kors, and accessories.
The ground floor is dedicated to handbags, small leather goods, footwear, eyewear, watches and fragrance, and the first floor houses the women’s ready-to-wear collection.
The retail space was previously an art gallery and many of the original features of the building remain, such
as skylights and floor-to-ceiling arched windows. Kors tells WGSN: “The skylights and windows play with the architecture and create grandeur and glamour. I love the light and the way the gallery feel showcases the product. It’s light, bright and optimistic.”
The store is decorated in white, glass and chrome, with zebra-skin rugs on the floors and oversized black-and-white photos of celebrities including Andy Warhol and Robert Redford on the walls. The store was designed by the company’s in-house design team and features exclusively designed fixtures, custom-made furniture and vintage pieces.
This store is the brand’s fourth in Europe, following the Collection boutiques in London (on Bond Street) and Milan, as well as its first lifestyle store, in Munich. The brand recently opened a Manhattan flagship on Madison Avenue and has just opened a lifestyle boutique on London’s Regent Street.