It’s the dawn of a new era at Valentino. Following the crowning of Pierpaolo Piccioli as the sole Creative Director of the label, the next move is in place. In a collaboration with British architect David Chipperfield and Piccioli, the brand has dropped a new Omotesando Flagship boutique in Aoyama, Tokyo.
Channeling a Palazzo atmosphere, the boutique sees a marriage of the past and the contemporary, while injecting an Italian spirit in the heart of a Japanese landscape. A medley of discreetly opulent materials – grey terrazzo, brass, timber glass and Carrara marble – also comes together to evoke a sense of intimacy, complementing the collections. For those who like a little more excitement in their life, a special window installation was revealed on July 11, in collaboration with artist Maripol. While only available in the new flagship, international fans will be pleased to know that come July 21, the window display will arrive in select stores of Milan, Rome, Paris, London, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Exciting times ahead.
A step towards expansion may be grand, but nothing is more precious than altruism. In support of the Kumamoto Project Charity, which helps victims of the April 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake, 300 limited edition special canvas tote bags crafted in 100% Japanese cotton canvas will be available for sale. You’ll also be heartened to know that 100% – yes, that’s everything – of sales will be donated to the Kumamoto Earthquake relief.