ENGLISH ACCENT: Paris department store Printemps is taking on an English accent starting this week. The centerpiece of its “London Mania” promotion is a sprawling Burberry pop-up shop. The “Burberry Loves Printemps” initiative spans 56 exclusive products for women and men, five windows on Boulevard Haussmann and a chance for clients to pose for its Art of the Trench photo series.
Starting in September, pop-up shops for Adidas by Stella McCartney, Mulberry and Cambridge Satchel will intensify the theme, along with Vanessa Bruno totes and Dr. Martens boots splashed with the Union Jack.
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Printemps also teamed up with the British Fashion Council for sweatshirts by nine designers that show during London Fashion Week, including Topman, Meadham Kirchhoff and Peter Pilotto. The limited-edition tops are to retail for 65 euros, or about $87 at current exchange.
The British trappings extend beyond merch: Printemps also invited street artists from the London Art Wall collective to customize phone booths along with its Maria Luisa and denim spaces.