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As promised, Saint Laurent swung open the doors to its Walton Street boutique this morning. What you are looking at above is a snapshot of the crazy, hall-of-mirrors like fitting rooms—the only interior image we're allowed to show you for now. We will have more interior pictures in a couple of weeks, but for now you'll just have to take our word on the visuals: this 2,000-square-foot store isn't short on clean, marble-paved elegance.
Details, we do have: Designed by the brand's creative director Hedi Slimane, this is the first store in North America to have marble floors and a concrete ready-to-wear wall. The ceilings are 22-feet high, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors are also special to this location.
The fitting rooms you've already peeped are, again, totally surrounded in mirrors, and there are two of them: one in the women's accessories section, and another one by the men's ready-to-wear selection.
As for what's in store, there's a cross-section of categories including handbags, shoes, fine jewelry, and small leather goods. At the front of the space, a glass case holds the just-launched Letters Collection, which comprises leather accessories with raised Saint Laurent logos spelled out in metal letters. (Prices start at $195 for the card cases, and go up from there.) The goods come in primary hues and metallics, and some are made from caviar leather.
On the left wall, two sizes of the Sac De Jour (pictured below in yellow) come in a palette of rainbow hues. The smaller bags are $2,250; the larger ones go for $2,950.
The Classic Duffle is also part of the permanent collection, and is offered for men and women. The bag is sized by hours and the number of things that can be stowed in them. So, if you're running a quick errand you can tote along the Duffle Toy or the Baby Duffle; the 6-hour or 12-hour duffles (officially called Classic Duffle 6 or 12) will hold more items, and are suited to travel.
Against the back wall, women's shoes include the shapely Janice pumps, which are part of the permanent collection and are available now in a cruise style that's covered with tiny gold studs.
In the ready-to-wear section, there are classic tailored pieces that are part of the permanent collection. There are also leather pants, skirts, and jackets, and a rosy-hued fur coat for women. The men's section as well combines permanent pieces—think leather and Japanese denim—with Spring/Summer pieces that just started to arrive.
· All Saint Laurent coverage [Racked Chicago]
· Saint Laurent Paris [Official Site]
· Hedi Slimane [Official Site]