A slice of New York chic arrives in Mayfair as designer Michael Kors throws open the doors to his new six-storey townhouse boutique
Down at the Piccadilly end of Old Bond Street, the new Michael Kors Collection boutique is markedly different to the brand’s flagship store, just a short walk away on Regent Street. In fact, it’s quite unlike any of the designer’s other boutiques. Set in a handsome Georgian townhouse, Kors has employed carefully considered touches for his latest opening, designed to immerse the shopper into his own personal world; an intimate spin, if you will, on the concept store. “The new store design puts an emphasis on warm textures and a sense of residential ease,” says Kors, who founded his eponymous label in 1981.
Indeed, the designer’s own New York City apartment and his rural retreat in Florida have informed the covetable décor of the elegant, six-storey space. All the finishings are bespoke, from the blackened steel and raw concrete, to the gold Calacatta marble and oxidized maple. The fireplaces are original, and the antique brass fixtures and decorative trimmings sensitive to the history of the building. Rendered in a neutral colour palette, the overall aesthetic is modern yet warm – just like the sophisticated, polished glamour that Kors’ designs exude.
The ground floor is home to handbags and accessories, whose popularity have turned Kors into a household name and helped him amass a billion-dollar fortune. The most sought-after handbags this season include the Crawford Crossbody with its boxy shape and chain-link top handle, and the best-selling Oversized Bancroft, a roomy and ladylike shoulder bag. Both have been reimagined in pretty, floral-printed calf leather and juxtaposed with luxe python trimmings.
Upstairs, Kors’ Seventies-inspired Pre-Fall collection continues with crushed satin dresses, printed silk pyjama pants, colourful faux Mongolian shearling jackets (Kors is newly fur-free) and sky-high snakeskin platforms, all of which pop against the Eero Saarinen chairs and seagrass rugs. The sumptuous furnishings make this floor feel like a sitting room adorned with fabulous clothes, rather than a retail space. The second floor is devoted to menswear, boasting a clever edit to take the modern gentleman from days at the office and smart dinners, to casual brunches come the weekends.
Exclusivity is the real draw of this unique store; on the third floor, a luxury VIP Salon offers a discreet service for those who prefer a little privacy. With personal stylists and champagne on hand, there is the opportunity to request tailoring tweaks to items such as evening wear to guarantee a one-of-a-kind purchase.
The clientele set to enjoy the benefits of this plush suite might include Kate Moss, Naomie Harris and Viscountess Weymouth, who all turned out to toast the store opening at a cocktail party and dinner earlier this summer.
Michael Kors Collection Townhouse, 9 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, W1 michaelkors.co.uk