FLORENCE--At this morning's press conference in advance of Carven's presentation as the guest menswear designer for Pitti Uomo, designer Guillaume Henry let some very good news slip: he has plans to open a stand-alone Carven store in New York "soon."
How soon, Henry wouldn't say. But we're hoping "soon" means within the year. As fans of the brand, we're excited by the news but not totally surprised. Though only sold at Barneys and Opening Ceremony, the Paris brand, just three years into its revival, has garnered name recognition in the US and a devoted following in New York (us very much included). Carven's presence at Pitti as the guest menswear designer means that we should start to see more of an emphasis on the brand's menswear line, so boys, this is good news for you, too, as hopefully the New York store will carry both the men's and women's lines.
Now for the fun part: Where will it be? Henry said at the press conference that he found his first Paris store on Rue St. Sulpice by happenstance, just by strolling by it. So who knows what part of New York will strike his fancy. Lucky once surmised that a spot in the Meatpacking district looked like it might be Carven-ready. The West Village seems like an appropriate spot too, and one that has appealed to other recent French imports like Maje and Sandro. Nolita might be a good spot as well. Regardless of where Carven lands, we're just happy it's coming!