Saks Flagship to Open Manolo Blahnik Boutique

On Aug. 22, 2015, Saks Fifth Avenue's New York flagship will make history with Manolo Blahnik. For the first time, the Manolo Blahnik brand joins Saks New York's famed 10022-SHOE designer shoe salon on Eight with a permanent boutique, one of the largest Manolo Blahnik boutiques in the world. Saks Fifth Avenue will celebrate the momentous occasion with New York windows, exclusive Manolo Blahnik footwear, the launch of Blahnik's new book Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions and companywide events, including a rare, in-store appearance by the designer at his Saks New York boutique in September.

"It's terribly exciting to finally be landing at Saks in New York City. It has always been one of my favourite specialty stores, and I cannot wait to see the new space which I am sure will be splendid," said Manolo Blahnik.

"Manolo Blahnik is a footwear legend. We proudly welcome his brand to our New York flagship," added Tracy Margolies, chief merchandising officer at Saks Fifth Avenue. "This partnership signifies yet another milestone in Saks Fifth Avenue's continued evolution into a global luxury retail destination."

The Manolo Blahnik boutique will live in the famed 10022-SHOE on the eighth floor within Saks Fifth Avenue New York. At approximately 760 square feet, the boutique is comprised of two rooms custom-designed by the Saks design team in collaboration with Manolo Blahnik. The first room represents a sophisticated woman's boudoir enveloped by walls and walls of shoes with a large antique Murano glass chandelier as its centerpiece. Custom metal and mother-of-pearl screens seamlessly transition customers from the boudoir into the sitting room featuring a Venetian glass-mirrored focal wall. Overall, the boutique is a modern take on traditional residential design; the use of moldings and antique chandeliers is offset by textural plaster and quirky custom furniture.

Saks Fifth Avenue's Fall 2015 Magalog will feature an exclusive conversation between Blahnik and Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology.  The interview, entitled "Extremities of Manolo Blahnik," offers a glimpse into the designer's personality, achievements—including his upcoming 2015 Couture Council Award for Artistry in Fashion—his 10022-SHOE New York debut and the release of his new book, Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions.

Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions
Featuring more than 40 years of shoe design, Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions is the definitive monograph of the work of Manolo Blahnik. This book is a comprehensive survey of Blahnik's work and provides access to never-before-seen photography of his designs. With insightful chapters devoted to Blahnik's most powerful relationships and inspirations — including Marie Antoinette, Diana Vreeland, Cecil Beaton, Spanish and Italian film, the works of Goya and Velazquez and the Prado Museum — this book is a personal look into the man behind the shoes. Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions will be available at Saks Fifth Avenue New York and on in early September 2015.

Saks Fifth Avenue welcomes readers around the world to follow the New York Manolo Blahnik launch (#saks #10022shoe) and to connect via social media channels for insider access to Blahnik's personal appearance at the Saks New York flagship.
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