Be prepared to see many more Christian Louboutin red soles strutting through the Meatpacking District.
The iconic shoe designer has decided to further foster his global development in one of the most fashionable areas of New York City, the Meatpacking District. He will open a store in the spring of next year right around the corner from his current women's boutique at TF Cornerstone's 808-10 Washington St. The store will be steps from the High Line Park and the upcoming Whitney Museum.
This will be Louboutin's second men's store in the world. He opened the first shop in Paris on Sept 11, to mass critical acclaim, according to Women's Wear Daily.
We are honored and excited to have Christian Louboutin open their first men's store in this prime location, says Steve Gonzalez, Retail Leasing Manager for TF Cornerstone. The Meatpacking District is rapidly becoming a shopping mecca and this new store will add to the neighborhood's cache.
Christian Louboutin joins high-end retail brands Intermix, Vanita Rosa and Jay Godfrey at the property, said RKF Executive Vice President Karen Bellantoni. The men's store will have 20 feet of major street frontage on Washington Street, which has fast-become one of the most sought-after retail locations in the city. The success at this development has been tremendous.
Details on the 1,035-square foot specialty NYC store are sparse. However, WWD speculates that customers will have the option to get their shoes tattooed - to match their own or, if un-inked, choosen from a portfolio. This perk is currently offered at the Paris store.
Another likely feature will be Louboutin's signature redworked red carpet. The store will offer a snazzy array of men's footwear, including a patent leather loafer with pearl tassels priced at over $2,000 to glitter high tops for $895.
Stylecaster notes that the interior could be quite similar to that in Paris. This shop features studded leather floors, leather walls, vintage airplane seats, a Star Trek table and chairs, a tin ceiling and an animal print rug.
Louboutin did not enter the men's market until 2008 when he glided in to the Costume Institute Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art footed in silver-studded loafers. When men started requested a pair, the designer was inspired to produce his first men's line.
The New York shop will certainly be nothing short of spectacular.
What we sell is quite exceptional. The customer here is not attached necessarily to old traditions, Louboutin told WWD.