IN CROWD: Domenico Vacca Flagship Opening
Legendary Italian menswear designer Domenico Vacca celebrated the grand opening of his new flagship destination this Tuesday - a 10-story building off Fifth Avenue. When we say it is a one-stop shop, we are not exaggerating. Mens suiting, loafers in every color and sunglasses are just the start of the new space. Vacca tells us that he wanted to combine all of his locations into one super-size store filled with everything he's ever imagined of doing. The Italian espresso bar, mens salon, rooftop terrace, and a bespoke atelier to pick out your own fabrics are just some of the features of the new space. Every product is made in Italy, carefully selected by Vacca himself. His company is his namesake, and unlike other designers, he is there for every step of the process. When a guest asked him why he hasn't gotten into home decor yet, he answered, "If I don't feel like I have an idea in my head to do it, I won't do something just to do it. For 15 years, people have asked me to do sunglasses and just last year, I found an Italian factory that makes glasses the 'old school way' with the utmost craftsmanship. If I do just 'to do it' then it won't work."
Staying true to his brand and Italian roots, the outside red carpet was adorned by Maseratis - we later learned that Vacca has secured a long-term partnership with the car brand. Drinks were delicious, sponsored by Disaronno, and bar stations were everywhere you turned. Guests were packed in, having a great time and talking about how they have never ever seen a store quite this magnificent before. Notable stars included singer Maxwell, who wore Domenico Vacca from head to toe, chef Todd English, and football players Pat Morrison, Chris Houston, and Steve Maneri. The highlight of the night was when Vacca walked into the lobby of his storefront with fiancée Eleonora Pieroni, who wore a couture Domenico Vacca silk red dress. The crowd showed their love and affection for the designer Italian style, hugs and kisses for all the entire night!
Visit The Domenico Vacca located at 15 West 55th Street, New York, NY.
For more information, visit www.domenicovacca.com.
By Nisim Frank
Photographs provided by the event