Where to Shop In 3 Global Fashion Capitals, From flagship luxury greats to hip, new exclusive gems.
Fast becoming an increasingly international hub for business and lifestyle, Lagos is a city that never ceases to produce a new treasure. Thanks to the penchant for luxury and and a natural art of dressing well, fashion is now on a global level.
The Buy: Eko Chic
With so many chic stores across the city, it can be exhausting going through all the glamour. Victoria Island, which is becoming a fashion district in it’s own right is home to stores like Polo Avenue, which is a designer accessory haven, is known for being the only authorized retailer of Dolce & Gabbana and Versace in Lago. Whereas Temple Muse, one of the city’s long standing concept stores, offers a premium luxury retail experience with well curated items from Givenchy to Assouline. Stranger is home to some of the most unique brands in the city, (think Abasi Rosbourough, Post Imperial and Orange Culture) while Alàra has a global luxury concept feel with brands ranging from Céline to Loza Maleombho and Lisa Folawiyo.
Milan has always been the emblem of stellar tailoring and sensual fashion, so its no surprise that it’s a hot favourite amongst the fashionable set. Armed with historically regal architecture, the slew of modern and storied brands offers a dynamic shopping experience.
The Buy: Viva Italia
10 Corso Como, a two-story industrial building brings out the best in Italian luxury with everything from a clothing shop (with an ever-changing selection of hot-off-the runway gems from Comme des Garçons to Maison Margiela) to an art gallery to even a mini hotel/restaurant. An impressive designer roster awaits you at Biffi with brands from Duro Olowu to Christopher Kane, Peter Pilotto and Marni, the store’s 2000-square-foot location on the corner of Corso Genova is a true fashion dream come true.
NEW YORK MINUTE
Long known as the fashion capital with the perfect blend of the creative and commercial, New York with it’s fashion stakeholders and towers of dreams has birthed many of the world’s most renowned fashion houses and is a melting pot for some of the most interesting retail outlets on the globe.
The Buy: Empire State
New York fashion, like Lagos, is very much resplendent of the attitudes of the residents and cultures throughout the city. In two words: Global Citizen. The style here is a mix of the aspirational yet understated luxe. For premium brands from the world greats like McQueen and Alaia presented with alluring arty windows, try 5th Avenue staple Bergdorf Goodman and brace yourself for the excellent, seamless customer service. For a less highbrow shopping experience away from the bustle of Manhattan’s centre, try Maryam Nassir Zadeh, a concept store located in the Lower East Side and offering a cool experience with edgy brands like Maki Oh, Acne Studios and Rochas.