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AugustMan (Malaysia) - - Snapshot - COM­PILED BY GRACE NARAMOL & CE­LESTE GOH

GUCCI’S UP­GRADE

Gucci is pleased to an­nounce the open­ing of its ren­o­vated Suria KLCC store in the cen­tre of the city. The store spans 4,438 square feet and houses a full ar­ray of men’s and women’s ac­ces­sories: a va­ri­ety of lug­gage bags, hand­bags, shoes, small leather goods, eye­wear, fra­grances, watches and jew­ellery. With a look that in­vites cus­tomers to feel wel­come and re­laxed, the in­te­rior de­sign is dis­creet. Soft el­e­ments like vel­vet arm­chairs and vin­tage dark wood dis­play fur­ni­ture off­set harder sur­faces and in­dus­trial el­e­ments such as riv­ets. Con­tem­po­rary lux­ury is sug­gested, not only by the em­ploy­ment of beau­ti­ful and idio­syn­cratic ma­te­ri­als, but also through a de­ter­minedly spare use of space. In keep­ing with the el­e­gant and con­tem­po­rary eclec­ti­cism that char­ac­ter­izes Gucci’s new col­lec­tions, the store sees the com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tional and mod­ern fea­tures jux­ta­posed with the in­dus­trial and ro­man­tic, a con­cept that com­ple­ments the House’s prod­uct of­fer­ings.The mood within the store is one of dis­cre­tion, where un­der­stated drama is cre­ated by the sur­pris­ing and un­ex­pected com­bi­na­tion of ma­te­ri­als. Jux­ta­po­si­tion of this sort, where op­po­sites forge a new con­nec­tion, is re­peated ubiq­ui­tously: tech­ni­cal, me­chan­i­cal dis­play units con­trast with the soft­ness of the rich fab­rics that adorn the rooms; round ta­bles off­set rec­tan­gu­lar ones; var­nished iron wall fin­ishes com­ple­ment pale pink or pea­cock blue vel­vets. Through­out the store, one finds sump­tu­ous vel­vet chairs, while vin­tage rugs are lay­ered over each other for a warm tex­tured ef­fect. The re­sult is a space that en­tices, sur­prises and feels per­sonal to Gucci.

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