As far as luxury stores go, it doesn’t get better than Cartier’s massive mansion on New York’s Fifth Avenue. And after an extensive two-and-a-half-year renovation, the retail world’s most glamorous boutique has opened bigger and better than ever.
Buyers can browse the new selling salons and marvel a fine selection of luxurious antiques that are illuminated by 30 new chandeliers and many replicas of the mansion’s originals. Some of the rooms are named after Cartier’s most famous clients: the Princess Grace Salon is named after icon Grace Kelly, and another named after beloved celebrity Elizabeth Taylor. There is a separate floor for Cartier’s timepieces for men, where the latest models including the Drive de Cartier (priced at £5,000.00) are exhibited. There are salons named after Gary Cooper, Andy Warhol and Santos Dumont, the Brazilian aviator who inspired Louis Cartier to create the world’s first wristwatch.
Exceptional accessories, fragrances and leather goods are on display and clients can bring their unique Cartier pieces for expert restoration. The state-of-the-art salon houses eponymous collections Love, Just un Clou and Trinity de Cartier retailing at $1400 per ring. Designed at the request of famous French artist, writer, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau who was known for stacking two Trinity rings on his left pinkie, the exotic and colourful pieces achieved an iconic status overnight.
After the renovation the walls are the same material as the Cartier boxes for a unique experience of luxury. The fifth floor has a terrace that overlooks Fifth Avenue and is ideal for entertaining guests. Buyers are welcomed by master craftsmen and assistants who are well-versed in the Cartier universe of splendour and luxury.