Monaco is one of the most luxurious and exclusive locations in the world, playing host to royalty and social elites alike. As the business and recreation center of the principality, Monte Carlo is a coveted region for fashion designers who wish to open their own storefront among such a niche class of clientele – so it’s an exciting time for Ralph & Russo, as the luxury fashion label has recently launched its first European flagship within Monaco’s prestigious One-Monte Carlo complex.
The complex itself sits in the heart of Monaco’s golden triangle, and was designed by award winning architect, Sir Richard Rogers. This is the latest development within a steady stream of Ralph & Russo flagship openings in Doha, Qatar, Dubai, and the UAE.
“Monaco is the ultimate luxury destination and home to the world’s leading designer brands,” says CEO, Michael Russo. “We are excited to be opening in such an international hub, which attracts residents and visitors from all over Europe and beyond”.
The Monte Carlo boutique measures approximately 250 square meters spanning two floors and is a shining example of craftsmanship and “architectural savoir faire.” A stunning staircase provides a sculptural focal point within the store, encased by 4,700 alternating metallic strips and illuminated by an incredible jeweled Murano glass chandelier. Following the staircase, patrons will find a private lounge on the lower level, allowing them to indulge in a unique shopping experience with the perfect combination of visibility and privacy. Even more impressive is the fact that the entire interior was custom designed by Creative Director, Tamara Ralph.
“Monaco is such a special and prestigious region,” she states. “It was so important to us that our Monte Carlo boutique not only reflected the brand, but also the grandeur of its location.”
In contrast to the private lounge, the boutique’s ground floor mimics the airy ambiance of Monaco with a more open atmosphere. Marble flooring by Nero Marquine and Carrara enhances the space, while rose gold coiled brass furnishings and shades of silvery grey provide a reinterpretation of traditional yacht design – particularly through elements of curvature.
“The beauty of the Cote d’Azur and the yachts that inhabit it are so integral to the identity of Monaco,” explains Tamara. “In designing the boutique, I really wanted to celebrate the region’s maritime history alongside the contemporary splendor of the yachting community today”.
Ralph & Russo’s Monte Carlo flagship is now open to the public and stocks the brand’s ready-to-wear collection, leather goods, accessories, and a limited selection of exclusive couture pieces.