Francesco Russo and Christophe Melard

The luxury footwear brand has a revamped space in Takashimaya Times Square.

BEST FOOT FORWARD: Sergio Rossi’s creative director Francesco Russo and chief executive officer Christophe Mélard mingled with Tokyo’s fashion editors on Friday night at a cocktail party to fete the footwear brand’s newly refurbished store at Takashimaya Times Square. The 924-square-foot boutique, in line with the brand’s current retail concept, features a black-and-white herringbone-pattern Italian marble floor and brass accents. Although he declined to give sales figures, Mélard said the brand is performing well and even seeing growing sales in Japan. He said the brand would like to open a new Tokyo flagship — possibly in Ginza — in the near future.

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This story first appeared in the November 6, 2012 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Russo, who said he comes to Japan about once a year, was gearing up for a four-hour Kabuki performance the following day. “I saw it already once and I loved it,” he said.