NEW YORK — Having had a Madison Avenue store here for the past 10 of the 30 years he has been in business, Dennis Basso has upped the ante by relocating a few blocks north to a 10,500-square-foot space.
Over the weekend, the designer quietly opened the doors to 825 Madison Avenue. While a shopper browsed through the fur jackets, sequined eveningwear and crocodile clutches on the first floor on Monday morning, a crew of contractors was busy plastering and hammering the three floors above. During a walk-through — which at times was a bit precarious — Basso motioned toward what he described as a floating glass staircase, an expansive area for his first mink-covered midcentury furniture and a residential-type, fourth-floor office with a Juliet balcony. “It’s going to be like a mini Dennis Basso department store,” he said. “Being a true salesman, the dressing rooms are already in.” RELATED CONTENT: Dennis Basso RTW Spring 2014 >>
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