Tuesday 3rd October

| BY Finn Blythe

A Look Inside Louis Vuitton’s Palatial New Paris Store

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Louis Vuitton are coming home.

160 years since it all began, tomorrow sees the house opening the doors to a brand new store in Paris right in the Place Vendôme Maison where it all began. And, befitting for such a location and homecoming, it’s palatial. A palace of fashion. Think Versailles – the opulence and artistry – here filled with all the wonderful things that bear Vuitton’s hallowed monogram.

The Maison Louis Vuitton Vendôme (where Napoléon III would occasionally rest his head) will unite the House’s traditional métiers, meaning, *deep breath* the couture, ready-to-wear, jewellery, watchmaking, leather goods, shoes, fragrances, accessories and artisanal workshops will all share the same roof at the historical site. We told you it was good. Even better, our favourite leather daddy and architect, Peter Marino, has been behind the site’s recent renovation.

He’s deftly blended the old and new, telling us at 10: “as a philosophy, I thought I would juxtapose a modern aesthetic to everything within the walls and restore as beautifully and faithfully as possible the exterior” says Marino. “The balance between what is modern and what is old, is for me, what Paris is all about. The staircase is a particularly good example of this – an 18th century design in stone contrasted by high-tech glass balustrades suspended by stainless steel cables.”

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Allow us to lead you on a small verbal tour. Ground floor. Windows – lots of natural light to illuminate all those leather goods and accessories. On the mezzanine above – “men’s universe,” more leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, all presented on leather lined shelving (Marino was clearly given carte blanche on this one). Then come the fabled stairs – a fusion of 18th century masonry and contemporary glass suspended on steel cables.

On the first floor, in airy, high-ceilinged spaces, again courtesy of Marino’s sharp eye, the women’s ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories takes residence. Excitingly, the second-floor is given over to Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades (as well as travel books and luggage) which, for the first time have their own permanent space.

Never have we been more desperate to go to a store launch, nor have we been more desperate to walk up a flight of stairs.

Maison Louis Vuitton Vendôme, 2 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, will open on 4th October 2017

louisvuitton.com

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