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Shoemaster Pierre Hardy Opens His First New York City Flagship

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Venerable shoemaker Pierre Hardy has opened his first boutique in the United States, and our sister site Racked NY popped by for a press preview of the space this morning. What did they find?

The dark boutique combines sleek lines with partitions that showcase the exposed brick of the original space. Shoppers can luxuriate in various plush seating areas strategically placed in the middle, or cozy nooks in the shop's corners. Plus, part of the floor is made out of sensuous black leather to protect the delicate bare feet of anyone trying on shoes.

And oh, the shoes! They run between $230 and $1800. Right now, the Resort collection is out on the floor, which means lots of feminine strappy sandals, bright color-block wedges, edgy black rock 'n roller platforms and more foot friendly gladiators. Then there's the mixed metal Empire State Building-high exclusive "Skyline" heel with a wide ankle strap boasting the NYC skyline, which can be yours for just $1500. For men, there are brogues, dapper loafers and some strappy mandals for the bold. There are also a small selection of bags running from $600 to $1500. The Spring collections should hit the floor in January.

· Pierre Hardy's new Stateside boutique has leather floors [Racked NY]

Pierre Hardy

30 Jane Street, New York, NY