Valentino is pleased to announce the opening of its Canton Road Flagship Store in October 2014. Situated at Harbour City, Canton Road, the store is the House’s largest store in Hong Kong. To mark this occasion, a grand opening cocktail reception was hosted today.
An elite crowd of celebrities and socialites in town were invited to attend the cocktail reception. Celebrities including Siwon Choi, member of the South Korean boy group “Super Junior” and Tiffany Hwang, member of “Girls’ Generation", Bingbing Fan, Carina Lau, Bosco Wong, Pakho Chau, as well as Wyman Wong and Hilary Tsui were specially invited to attend the cocktail reception. Socialites in town including Daisy Ho, Anina Ho, Eric Ho, Andy Wong etc, also joined the opening cocktail.
The 900 square meter flagship store marks an important step in the development of Valentino’s worldwide retail network expansion, and it continues the innovative store concept developed by Creative Directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaol o Piccioli, together with David Chipperfield Ar chitects.
The store concept combines old and new in order to generate a Palazzo atmosphere, steering away from the pure showroom and promoting a new architectural format in place of a more traditional retail boutique structure.
Featuring a magnificent two-storey façade, the store is connected by an extremely sculptural stair in terrazzo and carrara, taking the customers on an ascending and rising tour. On the lower level, it carries the Maison’s complete collections, including both womenswear and menswear ready-to-wear and accessory collections, which are displayed in separated yet connected rooms. The menswear rooms feature terrazzo walls and palladiana floors, where the collections are displayed on oak shelving and hanging elements and supported by polished brass fixtures around the perimeter. These features incorporate LED lighting, allowing each shelf or display to be individually and almost invisibly illuminated. On the upper level is a unique and independent accessories space with terrazzo walls with shelves are attached for product display, which displays the complete Valentino Garavani womenswear collections such as handbags, shoes, sunglasses, scarfs, accessories and perfume.
The architecture is designed to complement the pieces on display, making use of a range of discreetly opulent materials – grey Venetian terrazzo with carrara chippings, timber, marble, leather, carpet and carbon fiber – to focus attention on the collections and also evoke a sense of intimacy.
The Canton Road Flagship store offers a one-of-a-kind brand experience and to cater to an elite clientele, serving both its male and female clients in a single location. The new global store concept for men’s and women’s accessories creates a shared personal atmosphere while still maintaining the brand’s fundamental values of craftsmanship, romanticism and classical style.