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The San Francisco Valentino store was conspicuously under construction for months at the corner of Grant and Geary behind a large wall festooned with the brand's name. Then it opened quietly in late December, just in time to snag the tail end of the holiday shopping season.
The store carries women's ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and accessories. And it's the first in the U.S. to carry men's ready-to-wear and accessories. British architect David Chipperfield designed the 6,700 square-foot, multi-level space, guided by Valentino's new design concept (as of 2012) to "promote experience rather than follow the traditional retail boutique format." It features custom Venetian terrazzo framing the floors, walls and openings, plus mirrored glass, leather and American walnut. Take a gander at all the opulence in our gallery.
· Valentino [Official Site]
· Get Excited for Valentino's Big Reveal [Racked SF]
· SF's Valentino Will Be the 1st in U.S. to Carry the Full Men's Line [Racked SF]