NEW YORK — There’s no place like New York. Which is exactly why Louis Leeman and his partner in life and business, Erica Pelosini, will be setting up shop on Madison Avenue this December.
The two, who co-own and codesign their Paris-based luxury footwear brand, will unveil their first store on the northeast corner of 67th Street.
“New York is an international city and a lot of clientele come here to discover new trends and research up-and-coming designers,” said Pelosini. “Yes, Paris is very romantic and Milan is a city of fashion, but they’re places of old established brands. New York is always moving and we thought there was no other place in the world to open our first store than here.”
The store will be 525 square feet and will be designed by David Collins Studio, the same firm that created storefronts for Alexander McQueen and Jimmy Choo. The general aesthetic will be intimate, and feature a re-creation of Leeman and Pelosini’s Parisian apartment, complete with a fireplace in the center.
“In Paris, we noticed that every apartment has a fireplace, no matter if the space is supertiny,” said Pelosini, adding that more than anything, the two want the space to maintain an air of intimacy. “When you enter, we want it to be a quiet place where men can try on shoes, have whiskey, champagne or a coffee,” she said.
Furniture will be sourced from Versailles, France, vintage pieces with a mix of marble, onyx, and velvet. “It will be rustic but luxurious,” said Leeman.
It will house the company’s entire collection, which ranges from statement-making shoes to more understated classic styles. The price points will range from $495 to $1,395.
The store will have four employees, including a manager and an on-site cobbler who will create custom shoes from specific leathers — including exotic materials like python — for a 20 percent upcharge. Custom shoes will take five to six weeks for delivery.
“I want our customer to be anyone from a 16-year-old to a 55-year-old gentleman,” Pelosini said. “It’s anyone from Justin Bieber to the Upper East Side man in his Thirties who appreciates handmade shoes.”
Leeman and Pelosini launched their footwear business in 2012. Since, they have collaborated with Roberto Cavalli and are working with Cesare Casadei’s first men’s collection, Maestro.