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3 of the most exciting new Italian store openings


From Sisley to Italy’s very first Urban Outfitters, Rome and Milan both have some exciting new stores opening this season. We take a look at the top three here

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Valentino, Rome
Located in Piazza di Spagna, the new Valentino store is the brand’s largest flagship. It opened this month – April 2015 – and is undeniably one of the most stylish shops in the city. Combining new and old influences, the 1,470 square-metre flagship is the brainchild of Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, and architect David Chipperfield. Grey stone is the primary material used in the new store, which is as much an architectural wonder as a clothes boutique. Oak shelving is used to display the womenswear and menswear collections. The new Valentino flagship is definitely worth a visit, not just for the brand’s stunning clothing and accessories, but also for the spectacular architecture and decoration.
Valentino, Piazza di Spagna 38, 00187 Rome, +39 06 9451 5710

Sisley, Milan
With its moody, atmospheric low-lighting and wooden flooring, the new Sisley concept store in Milan is the epitome of style. Aiming to create a highly sensory experience, the unique design of the space encapsulates the brand’s authentic, modern and cosmopolitan identity. Inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci’s film The Dreamers, the shop is situated in the popular shopping district of Piazza San Babila. Oval shapes and diamond patterns feature heavily, while rough walls with exposed brick surround the fitting rooms. The new store offers an entirely modern experience, and one well worth a visit.
Sisley, Piazza San Babila, 20122 Milan, +39 02 763881

Urban Outfitters, Milan
Youthful brand Urban Outfitters has branched out into the Italian market for the first time, with the announcement that it has recently opened a store in Milan. The store’s minimalistic design is certainly reflective of its energetic spirit and urban-inspired clothing. With its graphic storefront and neatly dressed mannequins, Urban Outfitters has ensured its expansion in Italy is a stylish one. We recommend visiting the store for a range of unique creations and pieces from fun streetwear brands such as Adidas.

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