By  on April 13, 2010

PARIS — “I don’t think we can call it a store. This is beyond a store,” Ralph Lauren mused, seated in the sun-dappled, leafy courtyard of Europe’s largest retail statement for the American designer — a 23,000-square-foot flagship in a 17th-century town house on the Left Bank here. “This is my dream in Paris.”

To be sure, the designer’s third boutique in the French capital is an ambitious statement, spanning a 128-seat restaurant and four floors of fashion set in a series of transporting rooms: reminiscent of a Nantucket sailing club one minute; a grand, colonial parlor the next.

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