“We sell to wealthy people — the very wealthy,” says Mariagrazia Catelli, manager of New York’s first Fendi Casa store, at 153 Madison Avenue on the corner of 32nd Street.
Fendi’s leather sofas, priced $25,000 to $30,000, can be had with such signatures as the brand’s horse emblem embroidered in the cushions, or the “selleria” fine stitching. While sofas represent the core of the collection, customizing products, with a selection of more than 400 fabrics and 100 leathers, and presenting a balance between classic and contemporary styles, are also central.
“All of our leathers and fabrics come from high-end suppliers. We get very specific with the cows and the pieces of skin that we select,” Catelli said.
The offering covers products for the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms, including tables, chandeliers, countertops and fur throws, and draws a design connection to Fendi ready-to-wear and furs. The Madison Avenue site had a soft opening on Sept. 21, and officially opens Oct. 23. There are only five other Fendi Casa stores — two in Milan, and one each in Paris, Miami and Los Angeles, though a location is being planned for London, according to Catelli.
Signs on the storefront read Fendi Casa as well as Luxury Living, which is the exclusive retail umbrella for selling Fendi Casa, as well as the Bentley and Heritage home lines. Fendi Casa, however, dominates the space, occupying 60 percent of the two-level, 11,000-square-foot store. Heritage is Luxury Living’s private brand. Bentley, Heritage, Fendi Casa and Luxury Living are part of Club House Italia, the furniture company in Forli, Italy.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)