As the saying goes, you can never have too many handbags… Inside the opulent new Selfridges accessories hall, designed by David Chipperfeld
Balenciaga. Burberry. Céline. Saint Laurent. Rows of Chanel quilting and Loewe’s masterful leather marquetry. Find all of your favourite brands under one, lofty, glistening roof in the new Selfridges luxury accessories hall, a three-phase overhaul that reopened this week to a fanfare reception.
Only in phase one of its remarkable transformation, the new Selfridges department will hallmark the Oxford Street emporium as the ultimate global destination for luxury accessories. By 2018, the space will have tripled in size, spanning 60,000sq ft and housing more than 7,000 different accessory options, making it the largest single-space accessories hall in the world.
Phase one is already hugely impressive. Designed in close collaboration with revered British architect David Chipperfield, the opulent, minimalist mecca is characterised by Chipperfield’s contemporary, fluid aesthetic: wall-less boutiques seamlessly run one to the next, swathed in gleaming marble and white terrazzo flooring.
By 2018, the space will have tripled in size, spanning 60,000sq ft and housing more than 7,000 different accessory options, making it the largest single-space accessories hall in the world.
Anchoring this handbag haven is The Fount, a new cocktail concept bar opened in partnership with master mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana – aka Mr Lyan. The cocktail maestro shuns ice, alongside citrus, sugar, fruit or other perishables, instead opting for an experimental medley, perfected with scientific precision. The menu includes cocktails, natural wines, enhanced waters, herbal teas and water infusions.
The Accessories Hall project is part of a wider £300 million overhaul to transform the eastern wing on Duke Street, making it the biggest investment project undertaken by any department store in the world and Selfridges’ most ambitious project to date. Prices range from £35 (for an Anya Hindmarch luxury sticker) to handbags and clutches fetching over £20,000.
Luxurious accessories, impeccable interiors and a cocktail bar. As founder Harry Gordon Selfridge once said, “give the lady what she wants.”