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Okay, so the Jil Sander store on Madison Avenue has only shimmied ten blocks further down to 69th Street from 79th Street, but the move is a big deal nonetheless. For frequent shoppers and window gawkers of the Madison strip, Jil Sander's new bi-level digs will be recognizable as the former territory of Alessandro dell'Acqua, who unceremoniously dumped his shop (and all of its fixtures and office supplies) on the market back in December.
Frankly, we think it's great that the transition from dell'Acqua to Sander went so seamlessly, but this can probably be attributed to the fact that Jil Sander is only using the space temporarily while a permanent home, to be completely conceived by Jil designer Raf Simons, is hammered out somewhere nearby in a couple years.
According to WWD however, you will still be able to get all your minimalist Jil Sander goodness in the old dell'Acqua space: "[it] will feature women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, accessories, jewelry, eyewear, fragrance and the Jil Sander Sartorial made-to-measure service. The store will highlight the brand’s contemporary design and purity." We understand that to mean it's plain inside, which it is, but we'll let them slide for now, especially since we're drooling at the thought of a future Raf Simons-designed flagship.
· New Jil Sander Store to Open on Madison Ave [WWD, Subscrip req'd]
· Jil Sander Shifts Stores, But Still Temporarily [The Shophound]
· Breaking: Alessander dell'Acqua on Madison Closed, Furnishing Being Sold Off This Saturday [Racked]