10 Must Know Concept Stores, The Americas


Sophie Doran | February 03, 2011

A round up of ten of some of the most compelling multi-brand retail concepts in Canada and the Americas, including Moss, OC Concept Store and Forty Five Ten

A round up of ten of some of the most compelling multi-brand retail concepts in Canada and the Americas, including Moss, OC Concept Store and Forty Five Ten.

The second instalment of our concept store series, this time focusing on Canada and the Americas. For a complete listing of concept stores, we invite you to explore the Luxury Society directory and discover further stores around the world.

Moss NY, New York

In the depths of Soho, former fashion entrepreneur Murray Moss opened a store in a small gallery space in 1994 focusing on industrial product design. The store quickly became internationally known for its product selection and presentation, particularly in late 1999, when Franklin Getchell joined the company and Moss expanded to include furniture, lighting, watches and jewellery, books and tabletops. The shop has been intentionally designed to look and feel like a museum, with everything locked behind glass or raised onto platforms. Staff are self-described as ‘young, good looking, courteous, helpful, and informed’.

150 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012 USA

Website: Moss NY

Sollano 16, Mexico

Sollano 16 is a home and lifestyle store centred in San Miguel de Allende, Central Mexico. They specialise in European and Spanish Colonial antiques, an array of designer furniture, homewares and lighting, African and Raoul textiles, jewellery, art, crockery and cutlery, as well as housing an in-boutique Restaurant, focusing on local produce and cuisine.

Calle Sollano No. 16, San Miguel De Allende
Centro 37700, Guanajuato, Mexico

Website: Sollano 16

Elements, Chicago

‘To wear, to use, to give, to enjoy’ is how owners Jeannine Dal Pra and Toby Glickman describe the Elements offering. For over two decades the boutique has specialised in limited collections and objets d’art, where clients can find a carefully edited range of jewellery, fashion accessories, tableware, and items for home and bath. Be it Ted Muehling’s organic bronze candlesticks or one-of-a-kind precious jewellery by Martin Bernstein, Elements seeks out unique designers and luxurious products for their discerning clientele.

741 North Wells Street, Chicago IL 60654, United States

Website: Elements

OC Concept Store, New York

New York’s prestigious Madison Avenue plays home to the OC Concept store, a 315sqm luxury shopping space dedicated to the finest in art, home, lifestyle, beauty, timepieces, leather goods and jewellery. Founded by entrepreneur and jewellery designer Orianne Collins, the space was re-conceptualised by Christophe Pillet, an architect and designer who previously worked with Philippe Starck and Martine Bedin. Collins also has a store in luxury ski destination, Courchevel.

655 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, United States

Website: OC Concept Store

Esencial, Sao Paulo

The Esencial opened its doors in March 2000, located in tranquil Rua Araçari, the store was the first in Brazil to adopt the concept ‘Design Mode’. Over two levels, Esencial incorporates ready-to-wear, homeware and fine jewellery with mix of influences and inspirations from around the world, developed by the constant curiosity of Maria Helena Cabral and her team.

Rua Araçari 246, Itaim Bibi, São Paulo, Brazil

Website: Esencial

Bellhaus, New York

Originally working in finance for J.P. Morgan Chase and MTV Networks, Shawn Bell threw in the proverbial corporate towel in 2008 and opened his own boutique, Bellhaus. Originally the store opened in East Hampton before it was relocated to Bond St, Manhattan. The store features ready-to-wear, accessories, skincare and fragrance for both men and women, including designs by Azzedine Alaïa, Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Sophie Theallet, Rodarte, Erickson Beamon, Tom Binns and Raf Simons.

57 Bond St, New York NY 10012, USA

Website: Bellhaus

Bacci’s, Vancouver

A true lifestyle store, Bacci’s Vancouver carries everything from high-end designer wears to household accessories and cosmetic basics. Specialising in hand embroidered throw cushions, bespoke painted dishes and serving ware, fine fabric throw rugs and luxurious body care products, you will find an assortment of high quality linens, dishes and face cream alongside labels like Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Dries van Noten and Haider Ackermann.

2788 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J3, Canada

Website: Bacci’s

Forty Five Ten, Dallas

Forty Five Ten McKinney Avenue has become Dallas’ premier boutique destination, with a world-class mix of designer collections for women, men, and the home alongside acclaimed café, the T Room. Shelly Musselman, a former model, and Brian Bolke, a former store planning director at Neiman Marcus, were the first retailers to bring labels such as Rick Owens, Proenza Schouler, Ippolita and The Row to Dallas, these days they also house heavyweights Céline, Lanvin, Givenchy, Azzedine Alaïa and Yohji Yamamoto. The 745sqm store is set in a renovated historic building surrounding a central fountain courtyard.

4510 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75205-4214, United States

Website: Forty Five Ten

Atelier, New York

A rare concept store dedicated entirely to men, Atelier New York is where you will find cult labels Haider Ackermann, Comme des Garçons, Anne Demeulemeester and Number (N)ine, across clothing, footwear, accessories and jewellery. Originally Atelier occupied a small space in Crosby Street, with four racks of clothes and two curtains-as-dressing-rooms, however now the store has now evolved into a huge open space in West Village with more than 12 racks of pitch black designer gear, alongside fur lined dressing rooms and giant mirrors.

304 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013, United States

Website: Atelier

Louis, Boston

A family owned business since the late 1800s, Louis Boston incorporates home décor, bedroom furnishings, music and art, alongside a solid roster of premium clothing for men and women. In early 2010 the store moved from it’s original stand alone location in the New England Museum of National History, to a waterfront location at Fan Pier, encompassing a hair salon, new restaurant, bar and seafront deck, providing customers with a one stop shop for all their styling, beauty and homeware needs.

60 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210 USA

Website: Louis Boston

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