Renowned Belgian fashion designer, Dries Van Noten, is set to make waves in the fashion world with the highly-anticipated opening of a new store at Galerie Quai Malaquais. This momentous occasion coincides with the one-year anniversary of Dries Van Noten’s fragrance and beauty line, marking a significant milestone in the brand’s evolution. Nestled in the lively heart of Paris’ Rive Gauche, the store pays homage to the rich history of its location while embracing a bold and innovative future.
Galerie Quai Malaquais
Located alongside the renowned men’s and women’s stores on Quai Malaquais, Galerie Quai Malaquais exudes an artistic legacy that has captivated the world for centuries. The site, first constructed in 1625, has a fascinating history stretching back generations. Notable figures, including the Prince of Transylvania, once called this place home, attracting luminaries later immortalized in Prevost’s novels and inspiring Puccini’s operas. In recent times, the location evolved into a hub of artistic innovation as the Breheret Gallery, showcasing the early works of legendary artists such as Picasso and Chagall. It is this cultural heritage that inspired the name Dries Van Noten Galerie.
A Year of Fragrance and Beauty: Celebrating Dries Van Noten’s Debut Range
While embracing its storied past, Dries Van Noten Galerie seamlessly integrates the modernity of the brand’s fragrance and accessory offerings. The space has been meticulously restored to reflect Dries Van Noten’s distinct aesthetic, drawing inspiration from the concept of “impossible combinations” that permeates the fragrances. Historical elements coexist harmoniously with contemporary design, creating a delightful juxtaposition. Eclectic furniture pieces from different periods pay homage to the diverse references and inspirations in Dries Van Noten’s collections.
A Historical Paris Landmark Transformed into Galerie Quai Malaquais
As visitors step into the store, their attention is immediately captivated by a breathtaking centerpiece—a 17th-century Flemish tapestry depicting a baroque scene of a pergola in a lush garden oasis. This magnificent artwork, restored by De Wit Royal Manufacturers, specialists in textile conservation from Belgium, pays tribute to Dries Van Noten’s profound passion for floriculture. The tapestry’s design is inspired by the works of Hans Vredeman de Vries, a renowned Flemish painter, and architect celebrated for his mastery of perspectives.
Immersed in History: Unveiling the Rich Legacy of Galerie Quai Malaquais
Adding to the allure, a chandelier composed of various types of 1970s Venini glass adorns the central vitrine, creating a mesmerizing play of light. A Swedish Gustavian-era bureau from the 19th century harmonizes beautifully with vibrant citrine shades found in textiles and fabrics. Pushing the boundaries of innovation, a deconstructed marble floor showcases different forms of white marble, offering a contemporary twist on traditional French Cabochon flooring.
Within Galerie Quai Malaquais, a Cabinet de Curiosité room awaits, entirely cloaked in black. Here, archive pieces, accessories, and jewels tempt discerning customers with their timelessness.
Experience the essence of Dries Van Noten at Galerie Quai Malaquais—an extraordinary blend of history, craftsmanship, and innovation. driesvannoten.com
Opens July 4th 2023