Friday, October 17, 2008

Giorgio Armani enters India with flagship boutique

After the entry of high-end international brands like Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Dunhill and others into the Indian market, fashion
luxury brand Giorgio Armani launched its flagship boutique and a store in the capital on Thursday. 

Both are located at the upmarket Emporio Mall at Vasant Kunj in south Delhi. "I am truly excited to finally have a presence in India. This country, which perfectly mixes the spirit of adventure, the sense of mystery and majesty with the principles of elegance, sophistication and modernity, has long been a wonderful source of inspiration to my collections," Giorgio Armani said in a statement. 

The Giorgio Armani boutique covers over 277 square metres on one floor of the mall as against the Emporio Armani store that covers an area of over 210 square metres. The boutique's interior is entirely dedicated to Giorgio Armani's signature women's and men's apparel and accessory prĂȘt-a-porter collections. 

"The overarching theme is the creation of an intimate personal space with wardrobes and trunks showcasing the season's collections, where the defining materials are brushed silk," a company statement said. 

"The floor, finished with grey stone panels, creates a sophisticated ambience. A shiny dark ceiling provides a dramatic yet comforting effect which is further enhanced by the lighting design that plays with shadow and light creating focal areas. Invisible recessed lamps, transformed into spotlights, trace the contours or aim directly at the garments and objects on display," the statement added. 

The boutique also features an area dedicated to the new Giorgio Armani Hand Made to Measure service for men, the ultimate in customised luxury. One large wall projection of the current collection adds to the overall effect that blends craftsmanship with modernity in an unexpected way and presents the perfect surrounding for the world of Giorgio Armani. 

The two outlets are managed by a newly formed joint-venture company between the Giorgio Armani Group, that designs, manufactures, distributes and retails fashion and lifestyle products, and the DLF Retail Brands Private Limited to form Giorgio Armani India Pvt Ltd. 

While the former has a 51 percent stake in the company, the latter has exclusive rights for the development of Armani retail stores throughout India. 

The Giorgio Armani Group designs, manufactures, distributes and retails fashion and lifestyle products including apparel, accessories, eyewear, watches, jewellery, home furnishings, fragrances and cosmetics under a range of various brand names.

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