It’s been over a year since word broke that Canadian label Ports 1961 would be opening a U.S. flagship store in New York City’s Meatpacking District and on February 14th the big day finally arrives.
The company has signed a 10-year lease for a three-story, 4,000-square-foot space at 3 Ninth Avenue between Little West 12th and Gansevoort Streets in a 1850s masonry building. Recognizing that New York City doesn’t need another traditional retail store, Ports 1961’s creative director Tia Cibani has spearheaded the project turning the space into an environment that is part studio, part gallery, part entertainment, and part commerce.
Along the 31 foot continuous storefront window is a facade clad with six natural zing sliding panels that create an ever-changing configuration of tilted vertical metal slats. Through these verticals, people on the street can have a “voyeuristic” experience and customers in the store will have the same towards the city block. The space comes complete with American Walnut flooring, custom-fabricated rugs, and Venetian Architectural plaster.
The first floor will house the gallery which will have the Ports 1961 collection, limited edition garments, fine jewelry, and found objects such as books, music, and art. An open air terrarium runs through the center of the townhouse and will flood the store with natural light. Upstairs a duplex studio will serve as the designer’s atelier.
Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.