inside chanel redesigned new york flagship store

We Raided NYC’s Redesigned CHANEL Flagship with Gala Gonzalez

It’s the one place we’d happily be locked in overnight.

By: Leah Faye Cooper
Photography: Julia Robbs

How exciting can the redesign of a luxury boutique be? In the case of New York City’s CHANEL flagship, very exciting! Today, after a year-long revamp headed by NYC-based architect and longtime CHANEL collaborator Peter Marino, the luxury house reopened the doors to its 57th Street boutique—14,000 square feet of double-C heaven.

 

But before the masses descended on the space—eyes and hearts fixated on caviar quilted bags, tweed jackets, and ballerina flats—we spent an evening at the boutique with Gala Gonzalez. While the Spanish-born, UK-educated blogger, model, and DJ usually calls downtown Manhattan home, she made herself quite comfortable on all five of the flagships floors. (Yes, five.) We understand why.

 

Allure abounds by way of a 60-foot pearl necklace sculpture, commissioned from the French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel and cascading down the four-story staircase, as well as tweed textiles throughout and a Maison d’art Goossens bronze-and-crystal chandelier. Lest we forget the fifth-floor private shopping salon—for when your haul of ready-to-wear, resort, shoes, and handbags requires more time and attention to sift through than your typical shopping trip.

As the old saying goes, few things in life are certain. But here’s one: Mademoiselle Coco Chanel would be proud.

Click through for more shots from our night with Gonzalez at the redesigned NYC flagship, and stay tuned for our coverage of the 2018/2019 CHANEL Métiers d’art show—taking place December 4 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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