PARIS — The Balenciaga boutique here, the only one in the world, is ready for a full Nicolas Ghesquiere makeover.

The Balenciaga men’s store, adjacent to the women’s unit on Avenue Georges V, is slated to close next month for a renovation that will see both spaces revamped and made over for women’s wear and accessories, the designer explained. The intent is to keep part of the store open until works are complete in September or October.

Ghesquiere said his plan is to develop Balenciaga boutiques unique to each city. Manhattan remains a top priority, and the designer disclosed he’s zeroed in on a location in Chelsea that could open late this year or early in 2003. Other priorities include Los Angeles, a second location here and flagships in Milan, London and other fashion capitals.

Ghesquiere said the Paris boutique will showcase fragrances alongside ready-to-wear and accessories, starting next year with Le Dix, an old Balenciaga fragrance in the process of being revamped to reflect its original formulation and packaging.

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