Tom Ford announces the expansion and renovation of the TOM FORD flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York City. Opened in April 2007 to coincide with the TOM FORD MENSWEAR launch, the Madison Avenue store is the original TOM FORD flagship. The renovation increases the size of the store to over 13,000 square feet and reconfigures the floor plan of the salons. The first floor is now devoted to Womenswear, with a separate salon for Women’s Eveningwear, and the second floor is devoted to Menswear, with a new Fragrance and Eyewear salon for men. New furnishings, fixtures and artwork are added throughout the store.
Upon entry, clients will discover a gold desk and silver chair custom made for Tom Ford by artist Christopher Schanck. This fine art piece is constructed from foam, wood and resin and joins the vestibule’s current artwork, the painting “Gamma” by Jason Martin.
The vestibule leads to the new Women’s Daywear salon, furnished with pale gray, hand-rubbed lacquer walls and pale gray striped carpeting to compliment the Carrara Novolato marble fireplace with gypsum crystals and polished chrome mirrors. New polished chrome and misted mirror handbag displays, and Macassar ebony wardrobes with silver cotton backs, display handbags and accessories throughout the ground floor. A sumptuous new Womenswear seating area features a silver upholstered sofa, Newport White marble tables, and a beaver rug.
This pale gray design vocabulary continues in the Women’s Eveningwear salon, which features sofas upholstered in silver-gray, rough-textured silk and antique Swedish armchairs, as well as a silver-gray silk area rug and a pale grey, hand-rubbed lacquer fireplace accented with antique bronze wall mirrors. This salon leads to the Women’s Handbags and Shoe salon and the mirror- walled Women’s Perfumery and Cosmetics salon.
A Macassar ebony staircase leads to the Menswear floor, which introduces a masculine environment of dark brown, gray, white and ivory. The men’s Fragrance and Eyewear salon features white walls and a patterned Cala Paonazo marble floor, marble-top perfume table, and marble display units. The Men’s Luggage salon is walled in ebony wood and the Men’s Shoe salon is furnished with ivory-wrapped walls, brown carpeting and brown velvet drapery. The private VIP Salon features a new Made-to-Measure layout table of Macassar ebony wood and polished chrome trim, as well as a new white cotton-linen sofa and club chair seating area alongside the existing white sculpture by Jean Arp.
The newly redesigned Men’s Suiting salon conjures a mood of inviting, masculine elegance. This gray-walled environment features a curved fireplace framed in polished chrome and dark antique bronze against a gray suede wrapped wall, brown velvet sofas and drapery, wardrobes of Macassar ebony wood and painted metal vitrines trimmed with antique bronze. A special Men’s Shirting salon and separate Men’s Sportswear salon continue this environment with Macassar ebony wood walls and gray carpeting, display units with accents of ebony wood and antique bronze hardware, as well as wardrobes that feature gray mist mirrors and marble.
In April 2005, Tom Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand. Ford was joined in this venture by former Gucci Group President and Chief Executive Officer Domenico De Sole, who serves as Chairman of the company. In that same year, Ford announced his partnership with Marcolin Group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses, as well as an alliance with Esteé Lauder to create the TOM FORD beauty brand.
In April 2007, his first directly owned flagship store opened in New York at 845 Madison Avenue and coincided with the debut of the TOM FORD menswear and accessory collection. In September 2010, during an intimate presentation at his Madison Avenue flagship, Ford presented his much anticipated womenswear collection. Presently, there are 81 freestanding TOM FORD stores and shop-in-shops in locations such as New York, Toronto, Beverly Hills, Zurich, Milan, Puerto Banus, Moscow, Osaka, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Baku, Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul Montreal, San Francisco, Beirut, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Delhi, Rome, London, Kowloon, Munich, Beijing, and Sydney.
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