Those of you unequivocally obsessed with Louis Vuitton (guilty as charged), lend us your ears: Louis Vuitton just announced the opening of a temporary location in Miami’s de rigueur Design District. Opening October 19, 2012, the temporary store will be replaced by a permanent location in the heart of the Design District in 2014. In celebration of the opening, Louis Vuitton has commissioned famed graffiti writer Marquis Lewis, known as RETNA, to paint a mural on the store façade.
“It is an honor to work with Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton has a deep appreciation for art and the creative process,” RETNA says. “Using their store’s exterior as a canvas for street art is exceptional and truly inspiring for me as an artist.” This is the first time Louis Vuitton will have an artist create an original work on the façade of one of its North American stores. In his unique and prolific style, RETNA will create a work of art adding a distinctive vibrancy to the community.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to collaborate with RETNA, an artist whose work blurs the lines between beauty and edge,” Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Louis Vuitton North America says. “Our close relationship with the world of the art is central to the Maison’s heritage. The Design District, an area pulsing with artistic, innovative and creative energy, is a natural home for Louis Vuitton and we look forward to sharing RETNA’S extraordinary work with the neighborhood.”
Synonymous with savoir-faire, Louis Vuitton is equally known for the experiential retail environments and this transitionary store is no exception. The new Design District location will offer an engaging experience in a distinctive neighborhood store. The main entrance opens into a specialized Travel Room where customers can discover a range of classic trunks, luggage and travel-specific accessories. Furnished with antique Parisian furniture, the ground floor houses a curated selection of men’s and women’s leathergoods, ready-to-wear, shoes, fashion jewelry, eyewear, and textiles to create unique men’s and women’s universes. A private salon on the second floor will provide a more intimate experience for clients, also featuring RETNA.
Mon Dieu — we simply cannot wait for the très chic addition to the blooming Design District!