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In addition to 1,500 square feet of shoes, Nicholas Kirkwood's new store at 807 Washington Street has a hammock and a back yard. The Meatpacking District welcomed the luxury footwear designer's first New York space (and only his third worldwide) on Friday evening with an opening party. And quite the party it was—guests were definitely enjoying themselves in the outside garden area, which Kirkwood called a "luxury" in New York.
The store itself looks like a gallery, following the concept of his flagship in London. "I like the idea of doing something that you can kind of walk around and explore," Kirkwood said. The interior is minimalist, with a white, off-white, and pale gray color palette; Kirkwood told us the footwear "can be the color." The store stocks the brand's complete collection, as well as collaborations with Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, and the Keith Haring Foundation.
Kirkwood says there was no competition when it came time to picking a city for his first U.S. store. "It was always going to be New York," he told us. "It's where my first following really came from and it just made sense."—Danielle Desmond
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