A few fashion stores are worth visiting just because of the architecture and design. Need we say Prada? The Prada glass building in Tokyo Aoyama by Herzog and de Meuron, and Rem Koolhaas’ Prada epicentre in New York are not to be overlooked. These days the french brand Zadig & Voltaire are launching a new flagship store by the Belgian architect and La Cambre graduate Bernard Dubois. Among Dubois’ earlier projects are Valextra’s store at Paris Galeries Lafayette and in Milan, the NN stores in Beijing and Shenyang and the Nicolas Andreas Taralis stores in Chengdu and Beijing. The new 850 square metre Zadig & Voltaire building at 2 Rue Cambon is spread over three floors and houses an art gallery in the basement alongside the menswear section. The building is said to represent what the french brand is made of in an intersection between sturdy modernism and Parisian chick. When in Paris, explore the meetings between fashion, design and architecture in Pierre Audat’s UNIQLO in Marais, Patricia Urquiola’s Missoni flagship store in rue Saint Honoré, the art-deco inspired Saint Laurent shop in Rue du Faubourg, and in Dubois’ newest building. After all, you’re already in the area, hanging out at Grand Palais and drinking Monacos by the fountains in Jardin de Tuileries, so you might as well take a stroll to 2 Rue Cambon.
Words by Anne Ulrikke Bak