The Saks Fifth Avenue New York flagship location is renovating and expanding their renowned eighth-floor shoe department. The most exciting new addition? A first-of-its-kind, Louis Vuitton exclusive shoe salon to be unveiled late this September. Similar to the handbag/leather goods and ready-to-wear salons located in the department store, the shoe salon will be directly operated by the brand. The new venture reflects Louis Vuitton’s growing shoe category and will become the leading location for footwear, joining the 67 LV stores that currently carry an assortment.
The salon is designed to create a Louis Vuitton experience while remaining open to the entirety of the eighth-floor. Blond wood and cream-colored leather shelves set a crisp, clean backdrop for the footwear and will also frame details reminiscent to the Louis Vuitton shoe workshop in Fiesso, Italy. Along with the new salon, the brand will also debut a special shoe design exclusive to Saks. It’s a glammed-up version of a pre-fall pump, glittered and embroidered with a signature LV lock at the toe.
“Saks Fifth Avenue’s eighth floor has an unrivaled reputation for the most fashionable assortments, from the best designers and, equally, for its exceptional quality of service,” says Louis Vuitton North America CEO Valerie Chapoulaud-Floquet. According to WWD she called Saks “the best location to show the range of Vuitton’s shoes, from casual to evening.” And the premiere New York location is just the beginning. Expect to see additional Louis Vuitton shoe salons popping up in other luxury retailers worldwide.
Saks is pretty excited about it too. “The entry of Louis Vuitton shoes to our expanded 10022-Shoe salon will be wonderful addition to our world class shoe offer,” said Ron Frasch, president and chief merchant of Saks Fifth Avenue. “We are proud to be the first luxury retailer in the world offering the Louis Vuitton show brand in our New York flagship store.” The store is adding just over 10,000 square feet to 10022-Shoe which will showcase all footwear categories from designer to contemporary. They’re also adding new labels to the inventory, including Alejandro Ingelmo, Carven, Freda Salvador, Jason Wu, Altuzarra, Pierre Hardy, Proenza Schouler, Rachel Comey, Tabitha Simmons, and Vince. We can’t wait. More of our favorite shoes and more of our favorite store—as if we didn’t spend enough of our time (and paychecks) at 10022-Shoe already!