French House Balmain Opens First U.S. Flagship In NYC’s SoHo Neighborhood

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In the midst of Valentino trying to purchase Balmain, the French house just opened its first U.S. flagship. Two days ago, we reported that Valentino, which is owned by members of the Qatari royal family, has reportedly put forth an offer of €500 million (roughly $569 million) to buy Pierre Balmain (see it here).

Balmain has opened its first U.S. flagship in NYC‘s SoHo neighborhood. The Parisian luxury house new location is at 100 Wooster Street and will be selling men’s, women’s and accessories. Balmain kids will be available this summer.

“It had to be Soho,” said creative director Olivier Rousteing in a press statement. “Anyone who knows me knows that I find America incredibly inspiring. I admire its uniquely open spirit, mix of people and impressive culture—and New York is all of that, multiplied by a thousand! I fell in love with the city the first time I visited, and ever since, I try to see as much as possible each time I’m there—but what intrigues me is that amazing mix of energy, creativity, and beauty that you find in downtown Manhattan.”

The new space was designed by Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier of Studio KO, who took inspiration from Villa Balmain, the mid-century vacation home on the Italian island of Elba that served as Mr. Balmain’s retreat. “For us, this project was much more architectural and residential than decorative and retail,” said Marty. “I like to think that the space that we have created could actually serve as the interior of a modern house perched on a Mediterranean cliff.”

A party will be held post-Met Gala on May 2 to celebrate the new store opening. 

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