LONDON — Roland Mouret will pop open the Champagne Monday to mark the opening of his first flagship store, inside his townhouse headquarters on Carlos Place in Mayfair.
The new store, which spans 3,240 square feet over two floors, will stock men’s and women’s wear, in addition to a limited-edition collection he’s dubbed Roland Mouret at 8 Carlos Place. Mouret’s creative and commercial offices are above the shop, and the designer said he can’t wait to mingle with his customers.
“I plan to use the store space to think outside the box. I want to host private dinners for clients and use the space for collaborations and events,” said Mouret during a walk-through. “I want this to be a living place,” said Mouret, who’s planning a soft opening for Monday.
The ground floor, with its elaborate molded ceilings and marble fireplaces, will house the 8 Carlos Place collection, which is exclusive to the store.
He will be selling one model of unisex sunglasses in a variety of sizes, men’s accessories and small leather goods, cashmere knits, and re-issues of some of his design hits: the Moon, Galaxy, and Pigalle dresses in their original fabrics.
The men’s wear area, on the same floor, has a wooden bar, dark brown walls and giant tapestry chairs that look as if they belong at Hampton Court Palace. The quirky décor also includes vintage horn handles for doors, original stained glass windows, and a ceramic and glass sculpture commissioned from Bouke de Vries.
Upstairs, the women’s floor is – in part – a salute to the Seventies, with original Jacques Charpentier velvet sofas, a big brass palm tree that Mouret bought at auction, and a light in the shape of a Victorian dollhouse.
The ceilings are soaring and the dressing rooms huge. “I really want to take back the luxury goods idea of service and intimacy,” said Mouret. “And I’m happy now to have some walls around my designs. I think it creates a real impact.”