GREEN SHOPPING: Saint Laurent is keen on reducing its ecological footprint. The French designer label headed by Hedi Slimane scooped up LEED Platinum Certification for three of its global flagships: the Rodeo Drive women’s boutique in Beverly Hills, London’s Old Bond Street store and the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré unit in Paris.
The architectural concept originally designed by Slimane in 2012 is based on low-energy lighting, minimal water consumption and better indoor air quality. To wit: Since its reopening in 2014, the Rodeo Drive venue has decreased its energy consumption by 57 percent via a solar panels installation on the roof of the building.
LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — is managed by the U.S. Green Building Council. According to the Saint Laurent, this is the first time a luxury brand has awarded the Council’s highest certification for multiple free-standing stores.