July 16, 2019: Hip Swedish sneaker label Axel Arigato has opened its third — and largest — flagship store, in a two-story, 2,900-square-foot space in Copenhagen that took nine months to construct. The interior takes heavy design cues from brutalism, featuring concrete walls and floors and an elaborate staircase that connects the two levels. Throughout the store, there are futuristic cloud-like installation podiums, and overhead, hanging LED panels form a repeating geometric pattern. While the flagship carries Axel Arigato’s full range of men’s and women’s footwear, ready-to-wear and accessories, it also will serve as a gathering place for the special projects and events that have become a company signature. “The Copenhagen store embodies everything we stand for as a brand and believe in when it comes to retail,” said co-founder and CEO Albin Johansson in a statement. “The store is created for the people in our community, rather than bringing in sales. This is the future of retail.” The brand plans to open one more store location this year.
July 12, 2019: Virgil Abloh and Louis Vuitton are back with another unique retail experience. After hosting a shop in Chicago throughout June, Abloh and LV opened a New York pop-up today at 100 Rivington St. in the Lower East Side that will have fans feeling “green” with envy. The entire space has been enveloped in neon green, including the exterior and interior floors, walls and ceiling — even the furniture and decorative plants and props. The only items sans paint are the looks from Abloh’s fall ’19 LV apparel, footwear and accessories collection, including an updated version of the Louis Vuitton “Skate” Trainer. The shop will be open Monday to Sunday, from noon to 9 p.m., until July 21.
July 5, 2019: Italian sneaker brand Golden Goose continues its global expansion with the opening of its first store in Japan’s capital city. The flagship, which debuted on Thursday, spans 2,250 square feet and carries the company’s complete women’s, men’s and kids’ collections of shoes and apparel. It also exclusively houses the Flag Ltd sneaker, emblazoned with symbols of Japanese culture. Additionally, as part of its business strategy in the country, the company will launch six capsules a year in association with local artisans.
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