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The most luxurious shopping destinations from around the world.

Delvaux Brussels

Delvaux, the oldest luxury leather goods house in the world, founded in Belgium in 1829, has inaugurated a new store in the heart of Brussels: “Le 27”. Housed in a majestic Mansion on Boulevard de Waterloo, a high-end luxury shopping area, “Le 27” is much more than a boutique: it is a unique environment, combining the savoir-faire of the Delvaux collections with the beauty of the greatest items of Belgian design, paintings and ceramics, giving life to an art gallery in continuous evolution.

An entrance arcade welcomes visitors into what was once an imposing private villa. Set out on two floors, the store has retained its original structure, with the walls enriched with nineteenth-century mouldings, mirrors, medallions and frescoes that once decorated the reception rooms. Four-metre- high ceilings give a broader scope and brightness
to an environment where materials such as marble, wood and wrought iron stand out. The grand staircase at the entrance leads to the spacious upper floor which is immersed in surreal light projected through the windows of the Art Deco skylight.

Between the ground and the first floor what appears to be a collection of ancient paintings turns out to be a series of photographs, archival pigment prints by the Argentine artist Romina Ressia in which her post-neo-Flemish portraits are combined with daily and kitsch artifacts. A collection of twentieth- century Belgian ceramics appears here and there on a wall, stacked high, embodying the fantastic, endless creativity of Belgian artists.

Dolce & GaBBana MiaMi

Two of Italy’s most famous exports — opera and Dolce & Gabbana clothing — now sing under the same roof in the brand’s new Miami Design District boutique. Architect Gwenael Nicolas of Curiosity designed the store to invoke the world-famous opera house, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Waves in the glass façade of the two-story building recall a theater curtain, and spotlights in the ceiling illuminate the fiberglass sculptures and busts of actors dotting the store. The space is furnished with Baroque mirrors and walnut furniture embellished with polished steel and gold velvet.

The opera house is reportedly one of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s favorite places, and the store is laid out like the set design of a theatrical play. To pay homage to the classical Italian landmark, the store’s interior is a mix of polished and raw travertine and Veselve marble with a stucco ceiling on the ground floor. Five perforations on the upper level look down onto the artwork and designer clothing below, as if peering from a gallery box.

Dolce & Gabbana has begun experimenting with concept stores, as the brand recently opened a boldly designed outpost catering to millennials in New York City — complete with graffiti murals perfect for Instagram selfies.

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eGalite Milan

The smell of freshly baked bread from Égalité hovers over Via Melzo 22. A brand new concept for a France bakery that has the potential to become a format, born from an idea of the architect and food entrepreneur Tiziano Vudafieri. Égalité is built around Master Boulanger Thierry Loy, who after setting new standards in high-end bread making with his boulangerie outlets in the French Alps, has decided to move to Milan to engage with the city’s art de vivre.

Égalité sets the stage on the savoir-faire of the French boulangère tradition in a place that welcomes you for a meal or to drink an aperitif, but also aspires to be an enclave celebrating the mélange of Italian and French culture.

With its great laboratory in full view, Égalité is several things in one: a bakery, a shop selling fresh and packaged products, the ideal place for a quick coffee, lunch, a French afternoon snack or an unusual aperitif. A place that also favours the encounter between different delicacies of Italian and French gastronomic culture. All at an affordable price.

The premises – 215 sq m - located at the corner of Via Melzo and Via Lambro – have seven windows on the street. Bright and intimate at the same time - also thanks to the original plan layout of islands with small and large tables, highs and lows, benches or stools. A Parisian style dehors in the colours of Égalité, with wrought iron tables and chairs, welcomes the clientele - it already has the flavour of a lived-in place: as if it had always been part of the neighbourhood scene.

Égalité is a place with a strong eclectic modern and colourful imprint that interprets in graphics, through a playful approach, the founding principles of French popular culture, the revolution, the French courts and their characters in which kings, emperors, revolutionaries and peasants proudly indulge a baguette or croissant.

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Sonia Rykiel Madrid

With its first boutique, located in the heart of Madrid, Sonia Rykiel celebrates its arrival on the Spanish market. The interior design project is by Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, architectural studio based in Milan and Shanghai, which has been taking care of the development of Sonia Rykiel stores worldwide since 2013.

The boutique occupies a 165 sqm surface and is situated among the nineteenth century buildings on the calle Coello, a privileged luxury shopping destination, home to the great names of Spanish and international fashion. In order to reflect the iconic characteristics of the historical, anti-conventional Parisian fashion brand, the store is inspired by the modern Rive Gauche atmosphere with its café literaire and glamour/intellectual spirit. The result is an elegant, yet at the same time informal space, hinged in a succession of refined ambiences with an intriguing atmosphere. A climate which we breathe from the entrance, where the walls are completely covered by a full- length bookcase, inside of which are works of the historical French Gallimard collection.

Passing through the wide red portals we arrive in the rooms in which are housed the main collection and the Salon, designed as a modern boudoir: intimate and cosy.

Externally, the façade immediately stands out due to the contrast between the shiny black covering and the white back-lit logo, with the striped curtain textile curtains which refer to the celebrated iconic Sonia Rykiel pattern.

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