It’s been just three and a half years since the designer launched her eponymous brand and recently she has opened her first boutique in the
Distinguishing the flagship from its neighbors is its centerpiece, a large U-shaped sofa by the Istanbul-based design firm Autoban upholstered in white cashmere. “I wanted this to feel like a home,” Hearst says.
The U-shaped couch flanks a coffee table display of her new jewelry, which is available only in the store. It faces a giant picture window in front of which an endless stream of pedestrians, including not a few who work at rival fashion brands, stop to gawk.
Angelo Michilli, President of Michilli Inc said “the Gabriela Hearst flagship on Madison Avenue was a 1,550 SF project that followed a 3-month construction schedule. A primary focus throughout the project was sustainability. During the demolition phase, the majority of waste materials from the removal of prior tenant improvements was recycled rather than sent to a landfill. After the demo-phase, we executed Zari Architect’s design which emphasized the use of untreated and sustainable materials such as reclaimed oak and natural marble. The lighting systems were designed to be energy-efficient, automatically dimming when no activity is registered.”