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Taking inspiration from architecture icon Frank Lloyd Wright, the space creates a sense of privacy with its curated rooms

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LUXURY RETAIL APPEARS to be faring well despite the high U.S. inflation rate and fears over a possible recession. Data from the recently released Luxury Pulse survey from Saks (New York), the e-commerce spinoff of Saks Fifth Avenue, indicates that high-income shoppers plan to continue making high-dollar purchases, citing 76 percent of respondents with an income of $200,000 or more who intend to purchase the same or more luxury items in the next three months. And according to Bank of America aggregated U.S. credit and debit card data, luxury spending is up 14 percent for the year to date, as of this writing.

Italian Fashion Label Moncler Opens New Flagship in Chicago

The spate of high-end store openings is further evidence: New York-based fashion brand Thom Browne is slated to open 100 stores by 2023. Italian fashion house Gucci opened a boutique this past summer in downtown Detroit and has plans to set up shop in Columbus, Ohio – its first-ever location in the state. French fashion house Celine is reportedly opening a 4900-square-foot space in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.

In this same pricey shopping destination earlier this year, French-founded, Italian-based apparel brand Moncler (Milan) opened a 3550-square-foot store, relocated at 59 Oak Street.

Italian Fashion Label Moncler Opens New Flagship in Chicago

Travertine, veined marble and smooth metals lend a refined yet approachable aesthetic in the brand’s 3550-square-foot flagship.

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Italian Fashion Label Moncler Opens New Flagship in Chicago

Designed by Paris-based interior design and architecture studio Gilles & Boissier, and with nods to American architecture icon Frank Lloyd Wright, the two-level Moncler boutique is a celebration of the chic brand’s alpine mountain heritage, emphasizing a sublime mix of materials that creates warmth and refinement.

First stop is the façade, crafted in travertine stone and veined black marble. A ribbed treatment creates a vertical rhythm, while two oval windows add softness. Inside, natural antique oak, more travertine, smooth marble, polished and burnished metals abound.

ABOVE Creating a sense of intimacy and privacy, curated rooms throughout feature distinctive patterns and tactile materials.

The space is divided into a series of curated rooms, housing various collections and providing a sense of privacy. Each is distinct in materiality – a mirrored ceiling and marble herringbone-patterned floor here, a dark coffered wood ceiling and marble chessboard-patterned floor there – yet maintains sightlines. For a playful shift, a luxe, leafy wallcovering colors the room where the Moncler Enfant collection lives.

For Chicagoans looking to ease the impact of the blustery winter months that loom ahead, Moncler has them covered – literally.

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