There’s something about Pierre Hardy’s shoes that are not only chic, but also cool. Whether he’s creating affordable booties for Gap or a sky-high sandal in nearly-neon teals and melons, there’s an architectural, thoughtful element to the form. Which means the final result is not as trendy or frilly as the styles of some of his contemporaries. And that’s a good thing.
Hardy’s new shop in the West Village–his first outside of France–embraces this philosophy. Created in collaboration with MR architecture, the space is a mix of concrete planks with molded wood, concrete cubes where the shoes are arranged, and steal I-beams, which serve as markers, slicing the room into three or four distinct spaces. One section features custom leather flooring and smoked glass screens, which give customers more privacy when they’re trying on shoes.
The designer, whom we met this morning at 30 Jane Street, said that despite the space’s–and the shoes’–industrial feel, in the end they “still have to be feminine.”
It looks like logos aren’t the only thing Gap can’t make up their mind about. First, they reported that only the black suede lace-up wedges would be produced and would go on sale October 19. Then, we were told that the release would be postponed to October 28.
Today, in what we’re hoping is the final word in the Pierre Hardy X Gap conundrum, Gap announced in a press release that both the Pierre Hardy black suede wedges and Gap brand brown leather lace up ankle boots will be sold–three days earlier than last reported. The shoes will hit select New York, Chicago and Houston stores on Monday, October 25th and The Grove in L.A. and the Flood building in San Francisco on the 28th.
Tear. Our beloved Pierre Hardy x Gap booties, which were scheduled to hit stores tomorrow, won’t arrive until October 28. That’s next Thursday.
We’re assuming this has to do with shipping. Even though the shoes weren’t produced in France, they might be coming through Gap Europe, and with the all the strikes going on in the country, there’s a chance that they are stuck in transit.
Besides, it’s only 10 more days, right? Let the countdown begin….