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Lanvin's New York Store Secretly Opens Without Electricity: Die Hard Shoppers Browse and Buy by Diptyque Candlelight. True Story.

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A couple of hours ago, our sister site Racked NY IM-ed us a mysterious message that said, "So the latest from Lanvin is kind of amazing." But we had no idea how truly amazing opening day at Lanvin's New York City flagship store was until just now.

Turns out that due to a technical problem, there's no electricity in the new location today—the day of the scheduled grand opening. In retail-speak, that means that three very important things are not working: credit card machines, air conditioning, and lights. Still, that hasn't stopped the die-hard Lanvin-lovers from stopping by.

Racked NY reports:

Unforeseen electrical outages have pushed back the official opening to early next week, but the store has quietly opened the first two floors this afternoon for their clients and serious shoppers who need their Lanvin fix now. When we say serious shoppers, we mean like the true housewives of New York City—expensive highlights, immaculate blowouts, eight-carat rings and all—who are so hellbent on getting their manicured hands on some fall Lanvin, they will shop sans air-conditioning and guided only by the light of the sun and a Diptyque candle.
For the full report (there's much more), including merchandise selection and store layout, click through to the Racked NY post.
· Lanvin secretly open, shoppers browsing by candlelight [RNY]


815 Madison Ave., New York, NY