Gucci opens shop in downtown Detroit
Gucci announced on Monday the opening of its new store on Library Street in downtown Detroit, becoming one of the first global luxury brands to open in the city.
Spanning over 3,500 square feet, the boutique is home to a wide collection of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, jewelry, watches, and Gucci décor. True to the brand’s ongoing relationship with the city, the location blends the historic architecture of Library Street with the spirit of the luxury house of Gucci.
In particular, the boutique features restored glass tiles and geometric metalwork on the façade that is carried throughout the interior to create a space that attracts and feels personal to Gucci. Likewise, as part of Gucci’s commitment to sustainability, the new store is LEED-certified and features LED lighting to monitor and promote energy efficiency.
Gucci originally identified Detroit as a focus city for the 'Gucci North Americas Changemakers' program in 2019 — a social impact initiative focused on increasing inclusion and diversity within the fashion industry and across communities and cities.
Since then, Gucci has collaborated with Detroit-based nonprofits and supported students from institutions such as Cass Tech High School. Moreover, it has partnered with the city’s creative community including film director Jenn Nkiru, and Tommey Walker, the visionary behind Detroit Vs. Everybody.
In this same sentiment, Gucci Changemakers commissioned critically acclaimed poet and native Detroit-er Jessica Care Moore to pen an original poem highlighting Gucci’s mission within the city of Detroit. To honor Gucci’s new permanent home in the city, a stanza will be hand painted on the façade of the Siren Hotel for the community to enjoy.
Looking ahead, in September, to celebrate the opening and Detroit Month of Design, Gucci will launch the second chapter of its collaborative collection with Tommey Walker. The collection will feature custom 'Detroit Vs. Everybody' patches on Gucci’s Off the Grid collection, including a baseball hat, backpack, and belt bag, all to be sold exclusively at the Detroit store.
Lastly, Gucci will also spotlight the talented and creative Changemakers scholars and Design Core designers with a multi-media exhibition at Mocad.
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