After its recent opening in Mayfair London, celebrity luxury shoemaker Nicholas Kirkwood inaugurated this week its boutique in New York’s hip Meatpacking District, precisely at 830, Washington Street. The boutique covers 140 sqm and follows the creative design concept of the flagship store in Mayfair, London.
The store stocks the brand’s complete collection, as well as collaborations with Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, and the Keith Haring Foundation. Kirkwood explained to WWD that he decided to take all those shoes to Meatpacking because he couldn’t find a street he liked in Soho, and uptown spaces were just too small. The store is designed to emphasize space: “I like the idea of doing something else that you can kind of walk around and explore it,” Nicholas Kirkwood said. “It kind of has a gallery-esque feeling, without being quite as cold as a gallery.”
“The brand sought an exclusive location similar to its London boutique and found this in the Meatpacking District, where there is a growing co-tenancy of designer labels including Jeffery’s, Intermix, Zac Posen, Scoop, Ports 1961, Christian Louboutin, Maison Martin Margiela, among others,” said RKF Vice President Joshua Strauss. “The new boutique at 807 Washington features exposed brick walls and a wrap-around window looking onto a private courtyard and will provide the perfect setting for its first U.S. location.”
The designer footwear boutique is conveniently located adjacent to The High Line above-ground park and steps from the proposed Whitney Museum of Art, The Standard Hotel, SoHo House, and The Gansevoort Hotel, as well as a unique blend of premier hotel destinations, top restaurants and high-profile designer outposts.