Anthony Vaccarello may be slowly making his mark as the new creative director at Saint Laurent, but Hedi Slimane’s presence is still felt in other corners of the world. On Saturday, Saint Laurent made its first freestanding retail foray into Canada with the opening of a Vancouver boutique at 746 Thurlow Street. The 4,800-square-foot store houses both the women’s and men’s collections and follows the concept of the other flagships conceptualized by Slimane upon his appointment in 2012.
Featuring a profusion of black and white marble and highly polished metal, the design is rooted in the simple, contemporary codes of the Union des Artistes Modernes (UAM), using French Art Deco techniques and materials. More specifically, the monochrome space features noir-soie and blanc-statuaire marble juxtaposed with concrete. Flashes of silver and gold appear in the Thirties-era mirrored vitrines with nickel-plated and mirror-polished brass, as well as nickel-plated brass hang bars and fixtures. The facade windows and display cases utilize clear glass. The many hard surfaces are balanced with quilted leather furniture.
The intention from the outset was to create a concept that could be adaptable to various cities. For example, the store on Greene Street in New York and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills feature mint collectible pieces from Jacques Adnet, René Herbst, Marcel Breuer, Jean Prouvé, André Sornay and other modernist designers. Other stores featuring the design concept include Avenue Montaigne, Grenelle and Saint-Sulpice in Paris; Alexandra House in Hong Kong; Kudam in Berlin; Sloane Street in London; Galaxy in Tianjin; Shin Kong Place in Beijing, and Bal Harbour in Miami.