Luxury heavyweight Gucci at Phipps Plaza has a new look, courtesy of its famed eccentric creative director, Alessandro Michele. In the new 4,500-square-foot store, which sports an industrial-meets-romantic design, find a larger variety of Gucci’s prized leather goods, ready-to-wear, and accessories. Velvet armchairs, bright rugs, and sumptuous fabrics (like pale-pink matelassé) contrast with inlaid marble polychrome floors and varnished iron details. Vintage trunks give a nod to the brand’s history.
Warby Parker’s new kids’ eyewear line comes with the same swagger as its grown-up counterpart. Miniversions of six favorite Parker pairs come in two sizes: Jr. Jr. (ages 4 to 7) and Jr. (8 and up) for $95 a pop. Parents can test them out at the Buckhead and Westside stores, then have them shipped home.
Stylish, vintage-loving brides-to-be may want to check out the new, larger Sentimentalist bridal shop off the Westside BeltLine trail. The warehouse space is decorated with industrial lighting, crimson, color-blocked walls, and a mural by Atlanta artist Christina Kwan—and features five new designers including Ivy & Aster and Loulette, twice the number of dressing rooms, and a debut Mother of the Bride collection with pieces from local designer Megan Huntz.
One of the most buzzed-about new concepts is the part-restaurant, part-shop Bazati (which means “lounging around” in Croatian) in the new Common Ground Development overlooking Historic Fourth Ward Park. The 1920s Parisian hotel–inspired lobby encourages guests to dine, sip, shop, and even curl up with a book. Retail stalls inspire browsing and include Taller Maya, a Mexican handcrafted home brand; Bazati Books; Opari, a sundries spot with a newsstand; Blumarino, a Colombian leather goods store; Monocle at Bazati, a magazine and retail spot with in-house stationery; Cinis, for hand-rolled cigars; and Amphora, a boutique wine shop.
Fashion designer Laurel Thompson was inspired by her daughter, Beya, to create her sustainable baby and toddler line Beya Made. The unisex clothing is intended to grow with the child and fit for three times as long as traditional kids’ clothes. Pants expand, hems can be secured up or down, and inseams are roomy—plus, the collections are made from textile scraps.
Best of Atlanta winner Commodore Tonsorial Parlor opens its second location this month in Westside Provisions District (in the old Calypso St. Barth spot), bringing the fashion-forward barbering skills—shaved-in shapes, retro-inspired parts, modern precision cuts—and innovative shaves for which their first Chamblee locale is known. Another new grooming spot for guys, Hammer & Nails, is coming soon to Grant Park, offering hair and nail care tailored for men in a comfortable den.
Atlanta fashion designer Megan Huntz has opened her first brick-and-mortar shop. The minimalist space in Virginia-Highland draws attention to her modern, masterfully tailored pieces, which are all designed and manufactured in Atlanta. Bestsellers include her reversible, two-tone dresses that go effortlessly from day to night.
This article appears in our November 2018 issue.