Santoni Toasts First Paris Boutique

Santoni Paris Store
The interior of the new Santoni boutique in Paris.
Dominique Maître/Fairchild.

Santoni feted the opening of its first stand-alone boutique in the City of Light on Thursday night.

The store showcasing the Italian footwear label’s men’s collection is at 36 Avenue George V, next to Brioni, Stefano Ricci, Armani and Hermès boutiques. “It’s a high-end street for men’s fashion in high equality,” said Giuseppe Santoni, the son of the house’s founder and its chief executive officer.

The 538-sq.-ft. store replicates the concept designed by architect Patricia Urquiola for the flagship boutiques in Via Monte Napoleone in Milan and Madison Avenue in New York. The boutique is divided into two spaces: the entrance with the walls in embossed orange and green fabric by Kvadrat; and a more intimate space with a Parisian flair with its ancient fireplace in white marble and a mirror on top of it.

Santoni Paris Store Vincent Darré and Giuseppe Santoni. Dominique Maître/Fairchild.

The brand also has shop-in-shops at the Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché and Printemps department stores. It is already seeking a second standalone location inParis, on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to showcase its men’s and women’s collection together, Santoni said.

“France is our second largest market in Europe before Germany, so France has to win tonight,” he said with a laugh, referring to the France-Germany match of the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament.

The label is slated to continue its retail expansion with a flurry of stores openings by the end of the year including Venice, Macau, Bal Harbour, Fla., and a second store in Doha, Qatar.

Santoni tapped Bret Easton Ellis and Caroline Vreeland for its fall-winter campaign. Purple’s Olivier Zahn photographed them at the Sheats Goldstein residence in Beverly Crest, overlooking Los Angeles.

Santoni Paris Store Inside the new Santoni store in Paris. Dominique Maître/Fairchild.

Vincent Darré, who appeared in a Santoni campaign, popped by wearing blue shoes. “Chic men always wear blue shoes,” said Santoni.

“I love Italy,” said the interior designer, who worked for Italian fashion houses including Fendi (alongside Karl Lagerfeld) and Moschino. Darré plans to move Maison Darré, his showroom on Rue du Mont Thabor and is preparing a vast auction with the Piasa auction house in November.

Guests then headed to the sprawling garden terrace of Loulou, the new Italian restaurant in the museum Les Arts Décoratifs, with a view over the Tuileries Garden, the Louvre Pyramid and the Eiffel Tower. After a tuna dish with Sicilian pistachio, Darré gave a dancing performance with stylist Catherine Baba and the Eiffel Tower lit up as France won the game.