Derek Lam Boutique, New York SANAA Building, Manhattan Store Design, Shop
Derek Lam Boutique New York : Store
New NYC Store, Manhattan, USA – design by SANAA, architects
2 Apr 2009
Derek Lam Boutique
DEREK LAM OPENS FIRST BOUTIQUE IN NYC
Derek Lam International, LLC will open its first stand-alone boutique April 2009 designed by internationally esteemed architects SANAA. “I am thrilled to work with architects who share my design philosophy and whose work I so greatly admire,” said Derek Lam, who counts Kazuyo Sejima among his very first customers. “SANAA has created a retail environment that is minimalist, functional, intimate and warm. The store concept will be an important step towards solidifying the identity of the brand.”
A year and a half after the opening of New York City’s iconic New Museum, the architects of SANAA have returned with a surprising second act, a stone’s throw from the Bowery, designing Derek Lam’s flagship boutique in Lower SoHo. The acclaimed Tokyo-based duo, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa are currently working on projects around the world including an extension to the Louvre in Lens, France, museum projects in Oporto and Valencia and a university campus in Switzerland. SANAA and award-winning designer Derek Lam met in 2005, and a year and a half ago began a collaboration to make a space that is marked by modern sensibilities, calculated simplicity and highly perfected detailing. SANAA’s strength has been its ability to understand and then exceed the client’s brief. Sejima and Nishizawa have created a transparent canvas of modulating acrylic curved walls for Lam’s refined and sensuous clothing.
Stripped back to the essential bones, custom fitted furniture of wood and aluminum, a one-pour concrete floor and the original brick walls painted white heighten the exhibition nature of the store. Transparent organic forms crafted of clear acrylic create rooms within the store, each one housing a different collection. Dramatic daylight from the large front façade windows facing east cast a shimmering aura as light bounces from one transparent bubble to the next.
The 2,800 square foot boutique, situated on the ground floor of a 19th century manufacturing building at 10-12 Crosby Street, will carry Lam’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections. The T-juncture of Crosby and Howard Streets in downtown New York is a rarefied and sophisticated shopping corner at the eastern edge of SoHo, just blocks from the SANAA-designed New Museum. Several of New York’s most unique and high-end luxury brands chose this quiet T-juncture and neighbors include jewelry designer Ted Muehling, antiques specialist De Vera, tcustom furniture store BDDW, and the Jil Sander boutique.
Derek Lam International New York
Derek Lam International, LLC was founded in New York by Derek Lam and partner Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann in October 2002. In 2006 the collection expanded to include handbags, followed by shoes and eyewear in 2007. In 2008 Lam and Schlottmann sold their controlling stake in Derek Lam International to the luxury-goods holding company LABELUX Group.
Derek Lam, a native of San Francisco, began his fashion career in 1990 after graduating from Parsons School of Design. Lam spent twelve years at the highest levels of American fashion as a designer at Michael Kors before starting his own label.
Lam’s vision for his label is to create clothes that are both luxurious and wearable, with a feminine but unfussy beauty about them. His touch is especially sophisticated: modern but never cold, fantastical but always rational. He skillfully manages the combination of refinement and sensuality, with exceptional fabrics and highly perfected detail. He strives to make fashion that is timeless in its elegance: to offer one clear example, Lam is known already for cutting the most perfect trench. “I am interested in what it means to live a contemporary life,” says Lam. “I always consider what will work for women at this moment, and to me this moment is about luxury without formality. Even at their most feminine, my clothes are not precious or staid.”
Lam has received abundant recognition within the fashion industry. He won the CFDA Perry Ellis-Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear in 2005, and was a winner of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Prize in 2005. In 2007, he won Accessory Designer of the Year at the 2007 CFDA Awards. His work was exhibited at the Kennedy Center’s “The New China Chic” exhibition in 2006, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibit of significant New York fashion, and The Museum at FIT’s Gothic: Dark Glamour exhibition in 2008. His deep engagement and creative dialogue with the worlds of art and architecture led to the inclusion of his design in the Neue Galerie’s monograph on Egon Schiele, whom Lam considers an inspiration.
Derek Lam Boutique New York – Building Information
DESIGN ARCHITECT: KAZUYO SEJIMA + RYUE NISHIZAWA / SANAA, Tokyo Project team – Sam Chermayeff, Tommy Haddock and Oana Stanescu
EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT: Toshihiro Oki, RA, New York
MEP: Plus Group, New York
LIGHTING: Tillotson Design, New York
STRUCTURE: Angelos Georgopoulos, New York
CODE CONSULTING: William Vitacco Associates, New York
CONSTRUCTION: MG & Company, New York
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