If you design, make, and sell clothes of high quality for high prices, you should have a nice store. Hiring a good architect can make a good impression. Giorgio Armani hired Tadao Ando to design Armani HQ in Milan, known as Teatro Armani, opened 2001. Photo: Sebastiano Brendolini, seen here . More on the project from here

Inside shots of Teatro Armani found at designboom here:

Prada, also from Milan, hired Herzog and deMeuron for their Tokyo store, built 2003. Above seen here. Nice work fellas

The view from inside Prada Tokyo, photo by Simon Glynn seen here

The above is the Christian Dior building in Tokyo, by SANAA, by day.

And by night. Seen here.

And still in Tokyo, above is a shoe store, seen here

A very, very nice shoe store with shoes for feet that deserve the very best. Above is Tod’s on Omotesando Avenue in Tokyo. Thanks, sou + architecture.com

Moving on to another fashion capital, Paris has its share of fashion and fashionable stores. One of the most admired is the Jil Sander store designed by Michael Gabellini.

Above images of the Jil Sander Boutique and Showroom Paris, France from the website of Gabellini Sheppard Associates, LLP.

And don’t forget New York. This is the Linda Dresner Boutique, New York designed by Michael Gabellini in collaboration with Jay Smith, seen here

How about London?

This is a Paul Smith store, called Westbourne House, in London designed by Sophie Hicks. Yes, that’s Spiderman up there.

Inside Paul Smith’s.

All the above images of the Paul Smith Westbourne House store in London from the always agreeable apartment therapy, here.

I’m a bit worn out from shopping. If you want to see more like these from the comfort of your favourite chair, here are a couple of nice books on fashion and design:

New Retail published by Phaidon, see here.

The New Boutique, Fashion and Design, published by Merrell, info here.

Some people seem to think that big name architects shouldn’t have anything to do with the fashion industry, that they should stick to buildings that serve a purpose more serious than shopping. But I’m on record as supporting the idea of great architects taking on even the most ordinary of building types. I really would like to see Rem Koolhaas do a corner store. Come to think of it, he’s already done one, sort of:

Prada Soho Manhattan, Rem Koolhaas. Seen here

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