Ralph Pucci International has gone bicoastal.
A 15,000-square-foot showroom has opened at 1025 North McCadden Place in Hollywood, Calif. Like Pucci’s other two showrooms, in Miami and New York, it showcases an array of mannequins, art, photography, sculpture and furniture.
“Between the three showrooms, there’s a common thread — scale, light, and soul. But each evoke a strong feeling that’s different,” Pucci told WWD.
Pucci’s L.A. showroom was originally a dance studio built in 1920. “In its previous life it was the L.A. Ballet Center and the rehearsal studio for “Dancing With the Stars,” said Pucci. “We are planning many events incorporating dance and music. 2017 will be an exciting year.”
Pucci’s business started as a mannequin shop that evolved to present innovative and avant-garde collaborations on mannequins with fashion designers, illustrators and supermodels including Ruben Toledo, Anna Sui, Christy Turlington, Maira Kalman and Rebecca Moses. The business further evolved into showcasing furniture beginning in 1989 when French interior designer Andrée Putman created a mannequin for Pucci, and then urged Pucci to represent her furniture in the U.S. Today, the designers represented by Ralph Pucci International include Patrick Naggar, Jens Risom, Vladimir Kagan, Hervé van der Straeten, Chris Lehrecke, India Mahdavi, Eric Schmitt, Jim Zivic, Michael Anastassiades and Elizabeth Garouste.