The high-end outerwear brand last week opened an 864-square-foot store in Chamonix, the picturesque ski town in the French Alps, and inaugurated a bigger unit of 756 square feet in Courmayeur, Italy, close to its former smaller store.
French architect studio Gilles & Boissier developed the interiors for both stores, applying the same philosophy that characterizes Moncler shops in other mountain resorts such as Saint Moritz and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
The starting point is minimal chic interiors reminiscent of a luxe “haute montagne” lodge with dark stone floors, wooden ceilings, wood-paneled walls and horizontal staves. A cozy alpine feeling is conveyed via lush fur throws tossed over tables, ornate wooden chairs and stylized fireplaces.
Moncler’s investment for the new stores totaled 600,000 euros, or $951,000 at current exchange rates.
Sales forecasts were unavailable. Last year, Moncler focused its retail energies on France and Switzerland, with an investment of 1.2 million euros, or $1.9 million, to open in Paris, Crans-sur-Sierre, Switzerland, and Megève, France. The Paris store hit its annual sales forecast of $4.4 million in only three months. Moncler now counts seven directly operated stores.
On tap for the fall is Moncler’s first flagship in Milan, followed by ribbon cuttings in Hong Kong, Aspen, Colo., and Gstaad in Switzerland.
Since January, Giambattista Valli designs the top-of-the-line Moncler Gamme Rouge line, succeeding Alessandra Facchinetti who went to Valentino.
Moncler, which generates annual sales of over $200 million, was founded in 1952 in Grenoble, France, where the brand’s factory is located. �
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The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
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Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)