SANDER’S LONDON UNIT HAS HISTORICAL ROOTS
LONDON — Jil Sander’s new store here will blend the historical and the minimal.
The first Jil Sander flagship in Lomdon, scheduled to open in February, will be housed in a residence built in 1721 for the Earl of Damley and later used by the Bank of England and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The 10,000-square-foot unit will be located at 7 Burlington Gardens, on the corner of Savile Row.
American architect Michael Gabellini, who designed Sander’s Milan and Paris flagships, is doing a complete, historical restoration of the London building. His style for Sander can be described as warm minimalism.
The building’s former two-story banking hall will serve as the main retail floor of the shop, which will sell the Jil Sander women’s, men’s and accessories collections.
Each product group will be separated by floating, curved walls. The women’s and men’s collections will be located on the ground floor, while the first floor will house a showroom and VIP rooms.
As reported, Jil Sander, which is owned by the Prada Group, plans to invest $27 million over the next two years in real estate, including the London store and a 6,500-square-foot New York unit on East 57th Street, due to open on July 1.