Established 1978
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Maiden Lane Revival And More

by By Rhonda Diaz Caldewey

Just Opened

Carolina Herrera. For women, men, and children, this sleek new boutique evokes comfort, warmth, and versatility. The 18th U.S. location, it opened last month at 45 Grant Avenue, and the 4,520-square-foot store features custom-designed furniture in Madagascar ebony, mahogany, and teak, an appealing counterpoint to raw linen, leather, and aged brass. “I have always loved San Francisco.  It’s such a beautiful city, rich in culture and full of women who love fashion and who are always so chic,” says founder Carolina Herrera.
Valentino. Wow. This new 6,700-square-foot palazzo features both women’s and men’s apparel (a first in the U.S.), encased in a custom Venetian terrazzo with mirrored glass designed by creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, with architect David Chipperfield. This jewel box is on a prime corner in what has become Union Square’s new luxury row.

Christian Louboutin. On historic Maiden Lane, this red-soled empire just opened its first freestanding Bay Area store, which will feature both women’s and men’s footwear and accessories. The 1,650-square-foot space is brought to you by 212Box architecture out of New York.

RAG AND BONE. Just opened in the former Royal Ground Coffee space on Fillmore Street, the high fashion retailer will carry beautifully constructed clothing that melds classic tailoring with an edgy and understated New York aesthetic.

Nordstrom Rack.  Designer goods at a discount dot the racks of this 45,500-square-foot emporium where shoppers can bargain hunt to complement the latest big shopping splurge with a good buy. The two-level store opened at Fifth and Market Streets, just steps away from the Nordstrom mother ship in Westfield San Francisco Centre.

Pat Areias. At 19 Maiden Lane, this new store adds to the historic alley’s expanding list of high-end retailers. Situated in the former London Sole space, the silversmith company recently made its San Francisco debut. It offers a collection of handcrafted sterling silver belt buckles, jewelry, and hair ornaments, as well as exotic luxury belt straps, made from crocodile, ostrich, lizard, calf hair, and snake.

Oliver Peoples.  This purveyor of distinctive eyewear and accessories opened its eighth U.S. boutique in an 800-square-foot location on Grant Avenue in the former Christofle space.  The store features its first “made-to-order” program—customers can now customize their choice of classic styles.  Designed by Southern California architect Leo Marmol, the store also carries Oliver Peoples’s newly unveiled “West” line.

Ferragamo. This renowned brand moved into new digs on Post Street, two blocks away from its former store, with an 11,000-square-foot townhouse-like format. Wanting to capture the rapidly changing vibe in the city with a new design and brand message delivery, president Otto Manelli says of San Francisco, “It’s changing fast; it’s young, and it is very international.” Coming soon:

Dior, Brunello Cucinelli, and Neiman Marcus Last Call.  Marni, the upscale Italian fashion house, will open on Maiden Lane.  In addition to its women’s clothing collections, the brand will increase its focus on leather goods, footwear, jewelry, and accessories.


Rhonda Diaz Caldewey is a partner with Terranomics/Cassidy Turley, a full-service commercial real estate firm. She directs the urban retail division of Terranomics, a leader in retail and restaurant real estate.


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