When she launched our favorite boutique on Milan's 10 Corso Como back in 1990, Carla Sozzani couldn't have imagined her vision would eventually infiltrate the Champs Elysees of China. Still, last week she cut the ribbon on her fourth and latest concept shop, in a four-story glass building on Shanghai's flashiest shopping street, the Nanjing West Road.
Sozzani stripped back the interior to its raw, industrial core and bare white walls, adding a polished-concrete floor and leaving the rest to her longtime collaborator, artist Kris Ruhs. Replete with a stunning bar, restaurant, and art gallery, the space is an incredible new addition to the cosmopolitan sexiness of modern Shanghai.
However, the collection in store is light on Asian design. Comme des Garçons always has a presence in the Corso Como sphere, yet it appears Chinese designers haven't quite hit the right note for Sozzani. European brands like Margiela, Celine and now J.W. Anderson cloak the Ruhs-designed mannequins here, amid vitrines of Courrèges sunglasses, tableaux of iconic seating and a paint-spattered men's oxford designed by Andy Warhol for Ferragamo in the 1960s.
We can't wait to see it in person.