Any Alexander Wang fans feeling morose over the announcement that his upcoming Balenciaga spring/summer 2016 collection will be his last for the French maison can rejoice in the news that the designer has just opened his European flagship store for his eponymous brand right here in London.
We first reported back in 2014 that Wang was set to join Paul Smith and Amanda Wakeley on Albemarle Street in and on August 1st, the doors opened to the Alexander Wang 625sq m, four-floor store, designed in collaboration with architect Vincent Van Duysen. The former post-office building is packed full of the complete range of Wang's men's and women's ready-to-wear, T by Alexander Wang and accessories collections, as well as the OBJECTS collection.
"I've always loved London and I am so proud and excited to open my first European flagship store here," says Wang. "The multi-level space and the historical structure of the building gave us the opportunity to evolve our retail concept, and to adapt it specifically to this location."
With Olivier Rousteing’s new digs on South Audley Street, Erdem set to join him with his first store in September and Simone Rocha’s future bricks-and-mortar on Mount Street (current home to Christopher Kane and Roksanda’s first ever boutiques), London is buzzing with exciting new openings. It’s a cheering sight to see so many young designers prospering.
We know where we'll be headed for some retail therapy to cheer us up over Wang's Balenciaga exit.
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