Dolce&Gabbana have just opened their 5th Avenue flagship store with an exclusive event. Furnished like a Sicilian home, this stripped back, classic design embodies the journey the two designers have undertaken since 1987. In an interview with Corriere della Sera, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana talk New York, the American Dream and design.
Domenico Dolce: “We furnished it like it was our home, going back and forth between Milan and New York. A boutique, yes, but with many suggestive homely niches. The antique Baroque couches taken from a Sicilian dwelling. Here, on Fifth Avenue, in the middle of the city that never sleeps, three floors full of trunks. Objects which evoke memories of a less frenetic gone-by era, but also a place of dreams, the vessels of belongings of a lifetime: an invitation to slow down and enjoy all of this, and restore its meaning. In London, in the Bond Street store we even included a barber, In Milan we have a shoe smith, boutiques with that antique feel in which accuracy and luxury reside. We try to create an atmosphere where all of this can be appreciated, against the speed, the frenetic rush of the hyper-technology, of Twitter. Relaxing, going back to enjoying what is beautiful. To appreciate the attention to detail, the perfection of the craftsman which goes against that immediacy which makes everything the same, that loss of the sense of elegance which we have been dragging with us since the Eighties.”
Stefano Gabbana: “Its exciting to land on Fifth Avenue. Its certainly not our first American boutique, we a lot of stress, but its an imposing challenge, the biggest investment we have ever made. Extremely important, and not in terms of turnover. I’m not saying that money its not important to us, we’ve made plenty. One day, Domenico and I won’t be around anymore, and as we often say we have no interest in being the wealthiest people in the cemetery. We want to be remembered as the happiest.” Thanks to swide.com for the news.
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