NEW YORK — The New York Jil Sander flagship is set to open this September at 11 East 57th Street, the site of the former Hermes flagship.

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The space is being designed by longtime Sander architect Michael Gabellini, who is also responsible for the design of the new Sander store in London as well as the Paris flagship on Avenue Montaigne. The store will span three levels and 7,000 square feet and feature the minimalist aesthetic the label is known for. The historic facade is being restored and will give way to a contrastingly spare, modern interior with limestone floors and nickel silver merchandise displays. Design elements include a floating wall that undulates through all three-stories, triple-height backlit stair atria and a double-height entry.

The women’s collection, shoes and accessories will be housed on the first two floors, while men’s will live on the third. The company plans to use the remaining floors of the building for offices and showrooms.

The New York store is the second Jil Sander flagship opening this year. The London unit was unveiled in February at 7 Burlington Gardens, on the corner of Savile Row, in a refurbished banking hall. That store also espouses the spare, modern Sander style.

In fact, Gabellini Associates received an award from the International Interior Design Association for the London store.

Jil Sander is owned by Prada Group.”

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