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1 Apr

Balmain Moves to London’s Mount Street, Near Simone Rocha

MOUNT BALMAIN: Balmain has moved its London store, however it hasn’t gone far.

The brand, which opened a flagship on South Audley Street in 2015, has moved across the corner to 94 Mount Street, with neighbors including Simone Rocha and Marni.

Balmain’s recent, 1,077-square-foot store houses the ladies’s, men’s and accessories collections, and there’s also a personal suite for VIP appointments.

The shop soft launched earlier in March, with creative director Olivier Rousteing officially cutting the ribbon this week with a cocktail for patrons and a small, private dinner for friends and collaborators.

The inside of Balmain’s recent store on London’s Mount Street.

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“Knowing that London is such a crucial destination for each British and international fashion lovers, it was very essential for me and my team to create this special, one-of-a-kind environment, where we could welcome our guests right into a distinctly Balmain universe,” said Balmain CEO Jean-Jacques Guevel.

Guevel said the inside of the brand new store was “directly inspired by the appear and feel of Rousteing’s fitting rooms, where he and the home’s artisans oversee the ultimate touches needed to perfect each recent collections’ offerings. By channeling that unique house space, we not only have the chance to present our latest designs, we also can reap the benefits of that interior design to highlight what truly sets today’s Balmain apart.”

Balmain has moved to Mount Street from nearby South Audley Street.

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The Mount Street space has prior to now housed Pringle in addition to an art gallery. The brand new store sits across the road from Scott’s and is just a few steps from the Connaught Hotel, Christian Louboutin and Creed Fragrances.

To mark the opening, Rousteing held a personal dinner at Apollo’s Muse, Richard Caring’s recent private members club, with guests including Jourdan Dunn, Maria-Olympia of Greece, Poppy Delevingne, Isamaya Ffrench and Sam McKnight.

This story was reported by WWD and originally appeared on WWD.com.

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