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British brand opens U.S. flagship

BY Marianne Wilson

Harrys of London has dropped anchor in New York.

The upscale British footwear brand has opened its first freestanding U.S. store, on Park Avenue in Manhattan. The opening marks Harry’s move toward global expansion following the sale of the brand to Charles S. Cohen, a New York commercial real estate developer, in May 2017.

The 775-sq.-ft. Manhattan store was designed by New York-based Christian Lahoude Studio and inspired by London’s historical gentlemen’s clubs and Mayfair Hotels. Wood mouldings, engraved panels in mirrors and tone on tone panelling on walls give hints of traditional British architectural elements, transformed into a modern design.

One of the most prominent and eye-catching elements in the store is the delicate rose gold trim, which is continuous throughout the space and utilized to frame specific areas. The trim, with integrated lights, helps transforms the brand’s characteristics of modern technology and quality into a physical manifestation.

The floors are oak smoke fumed wood in a herringbone pattern, with an oiled finish. The space features Italian gray marble accents.

Harrys of London was founded in 2001. The collection is carried by top retailers around the world, including Bloomingdales, Harrods, and Selfridges.

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