LONDON — "It's like a UFO on Conduit Street," said Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, surveying the interior of his newly minted 2,550-square-foot store located just around the corner from storied Savile Row.
The two-story boutique certainly stands out from most of the buildings on the street, with the designer's name spelled out in red, blue and green plastic letters above the store's windows. The space boasts stark white walls and pale wood floors, all punctuated with the designer's witty touches. The cash desk, for example, is a block of flashing lights resembling a disco's dance floor, while the designer has scrawled cartoons depicting his life story over the surface of one wall and fashioned a chandelier from strips of fluorescent red and green lights. The store stands near Burberry, Church's and Vivienne Westwood.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"