We live in an unpredictable world. We work long hours, we take care of our families and ourselves the best we can, we try to be good people. We all, once in our lives, deserve to get absolutely sloshed amid more than a literal acre of designer handbags, and now, finally, that opportunity is available to one and all, as long as you can hop a flight to London sometime before you die.
As the New York Times reported earlier this week, Selfridges in London unveiled plans to open a 61,000-square foot “handbag hall” in its Oxford Street flagship in 2018. The new accessories space is part of an overall renovation of the location that will cost nearly $400 million when all is said and done, and the Selfridge’s says the handbag and accessory portion alone will hold 7,000 different designs, with a total stock capacity of ten times that.
The department will house all the brands you know and love. The NYT mentions Chanel and Hermès specifically, and although the article doesn’t elaborate on the circumstances, that will almost certainly happen in store-within-store leased spaces, which are stocked and staffed by the brands themselves. With over an acre of floor space, there will certainly be room for plenty of individual boutiques, which are the preference of several top-tier brands, as opposed to wholesaling to third-party retailers.
In addition to the shopping itself, the handbag hall will also feature a unique centerpiece: a 14-seat horseshoe-shaped cocktail bar, where shoppers can nestle in velvet-upholstered chairs and drink until spending $3,000 on a handbag sounds like a good idea. Sounds like heaven.
Could you see yourself making a pilgrimage to Selfridges when the handbag hall opens in 2018?