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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
DOUGLAS HANNANT The opening of the store at the PLAZA HOTEL
TEXT, VIVIAN G. KELLY
Images at Event, VGK, Richard Spiegel
Images of the spring 2010 Collection, Courtesy of Douglas Hannant
TIME & PLACE: Monday, September 14 @ 6p.m.
59th Street, at Central Park, NYC
“The Girls” turned out as always to support Douglas and his business partner, Frederick Anderson, at the presentation of the spring 2010 collection and celebration of their freestanding store at the Plaza Shops.
What we glimpsed of the collection shown on mannequins looked light and floral – an ode to spring.
We used the time we had for a sit down with one of our favorite business guys, FREDERICK ANDERSON, to get his take on why he and Douglas would choose to open a store “in this economy”.
FE: Congratulations on the shop. Why now though?
FREDERICK: We did a soft open for the shop a week ago. It’s about taking a little more control in our own hands, and that’s what happens when you have your own boutique. It enables us to show our own true vision. This is not always the case when you work with retailers and have to make concessions.
FE: What’s the concept of this collection?
FREDERICK: We started on this idea of Greek mythology. It’s ethereal for us and about “breaking through to the other side”.
[Laughs when we both discover that the DOORS’ megahit is one of our favorite songs].
There’s color and not a single scrap of black.
Take the time to visit the store; it’s our version of luxury to the max. Be sure to have a good look at the dressing room, the walls are hand-tufted.
We dropped into the boutique on the way out and paused to admire the stunning red gown that was made especially for the store.
The dressing room was the piece of resistance though- the walls as Frederick had told us were hand-tufted and the cube shaped ottomans were made of chinchilla.
Douglas Hannant is available at his new store at the Plaza Shops, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and the finest boutiques nationwide.ks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and the finest boutiques nationwide.
To learn more about Douglas Hannant, visit www.douglashannant.com