Luxury shoe designer Manolo Blahnik has unveiled his eponymous brand’s Manhattan flagship location.
The four story, 1923 landmark Madison Avenue building – located at 717 Madison Avenue, between 63rd and 64th Streets – has been reimagined by designer David Thomas, who also designed the brand’s Paris shop. Two contiguous storefronts separate a men’s and women’s section.
“Double identical storefronts on Madison Avenue between 63rd and 64th Streets on Manhattan’s Upper East Side appear to be separate, with their own dedicated entrances, Architectural Digest writes. “That distinction is used to carve out the men’s and women’s areas in what’s actually a shared space, connected by an archway opening in the rear. The upper floors are dedicated to offices and offer other flexible uses.”
The ground floor of the space features soaring high ceilings and 18 foot pilasters. Upper levels feature vintage Parisian chandeliers, upholstered seating, and a “Hollywood Regency style” showcased through “backless angular sofas” and “peacock blue lacquer walls,” AD notes. The men’s section also comes with a brass-topped bar, inviting shoppers to hang around for a while.
Blahnik entered into a lease agreement for the space in early 2020, originally expecting to open last year as well, but faced delays due to the pandemic.
Learn more at manoloblahnik.com/us.