The New York ladies who love Roland Mouret and his signature, sharply tailored dresses usually have to go to Bergdorf’s to get their fix. But soon, that won’t be the case. The designer is set to open his second-ever flagship store, and first in New York, on Madison Avenue this summer.
The 1,400-square-foot space will not only house Mouret’s ready-to-wear, recently launched accessories and bridal collections, but also some reissued items from his archives — something you definitely won’t be able to find at Bergdorf’s.
It’s interesting that Mouret, who shows in Paris and has his only store in London, also the home of his atelier, chose New York for his second store location. “America was the first international market to support me, so it was important for me that it also be the site of my first store outside of the UK,” Mouret said in a statement. “I wanted to create the world of Roland Mouret for amazing American women who want to discover my clothes, to build an atmosphere where she feels relaxed. This is a store but also a home away from home.”
According to the company, further global expansion is planned for 2014, as the company has seen three consecutive years of double-digit growth, during which Mouret launched handbags, shoes and bridal. Mouret’s and Simon Fuller’s (who own the company in a joint venture) decision to buy back the rights to the name “Roland Mouret” in 2010 from the previous backers seems to have paid off. The company also recently relaunched e-commerce.
Mouret clearly hopes to expand his presence in the U.S., and we imagine he’ll find even more fans of his power dresses in this city once he opens up shop, presumably with the fall 2014 collection he’s set to show this Friday.