The rich history and cultural legacy of Venice is legendary, and for many decades these attributes have drawn visitors from across the globe to its doorstep. Hong Kong-based luxury retailer DFS Group, known for its boutiques across Asia, Australia and the U.S., obviously saw sufficient potential to expand to the former merchant city state, and has anticipated by way of a magnificent new department store. Situated in the heart of the city, the so-called T Fondaco dei Tedeschi occupies a multi-storey historic building right next to the Rialto bridge. A major retail statement, the structure has been restored and redeveloped with the aid of architect Rem Koolhaas and interior architect Jamie Fobert. Not surprisingly, all historic details have been preserved, but these have also been paired with modern elements and luxurious settings.
So, what’s to be found at T Fondaco dei Tedeschi? The ground floor is home to concept boutiques of Gucci and Bottega Veneta, as well as a range of Italian fashion accessories, jewellery, and local food products. On the first floor women’s apparel collections, jewellery and accessories are showcased by brands such Tiffany & Co.. Lanvin, Max Mara and Valentino. On the second floor an elaborate multibrand watch section unfolds, along with a curated selection of men’s fashion and accessories. One floor up shoppers will find the city’s most exclusive shoe salon, replete with the latest designs by the likes of Aquazzura, René Caovilla, Jimmy Choo, Giuseppe Zanotti and many others, in addition to a large beauty department. A full-fledged exhibition space on the top floor blends bold cultural element in the retail concept.
T Fondaco dei Tedeschi Calle del Fontego dei Tedeschi 5350 30124 VENICE Telephone +39 041 3142000
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