Delpozo Opens Its First Stateside Store in Miami-------
Josep Font is single-handedly reviving Spain’s fashion legacy. Two years ago, Font assumed the design helm at Delpozo, where he has successfully modernized Jesús del Pozo’s vision and introduced the historic house to an international audience. Font made an impressive New York fashion week debut with a standout Fall ’13 show that highlighted his unique style of “prêt-a-couture.” The range was quickly picked up by major retailers such as Harvey Nichols, Opening Ceremony, Moda Operandi, and Net-a-Porter. On the heels of that initial success, Delpozo opened its premiere flagship in Madrid last spring, and is now expanding into the U.S. market with its first stateside store in Miami’s Design District, slated to open on February 20. An image of the new space debuts exclusively here.
Font was involved in every step of planning both boutiques—down to choosing the layout, furniture, materials, music, lighting, and even the aromas for each. In fact, Font originally studied architecture in university at the behest of his parents, then launched his namesake ready-to-wear line upon graduation, which had been his true aspiration all along. Similar to the larger Madrid location, Delpozo’s new, 672-square-foot shop strikes an elegant balance between starkness and warmth, and is composed of glass, brass, marble, and organic wood elements. Bronze display cases present Font’s intricate, fairy-tale-worthy confections like precious jewels, while spare midcentury furniture and pale pink walls add a slight retro feel to the space. In the throes of designing his Fall ’14 collection, which will hit the runway in New York on February 9, Font spoke to Style.com (with the help of a translator) about the evolution of the brand, his outlook on luxury, and the forthcoming collection.
On Jesús del Pozo: “I had followed Del Pozo growing up. When I entered the company, I remained with the same team that Jesus had. I’ve felt very supported there and am pleased with the quality of work there. One thing is certain: Jesus and I have similar work ethics and methods, and a similar type of woman in mind.”
On Delpozo’s couture-level craftsmanship: “We are catering to a new luxury market. We’re not competing on a global level with houses like Chanel or Dior, but instead we’re targeting specific customers who want that kind of attention to detail in the sewing, the embroideries, the patterns. Our most expensive, special pieces have been our best sellers.”
On his Fall ’14 collection: “The outside appearance is streamlined and structured, but the inside of each garment is very complicated. My idea is to keep tightening and cleaning it up along the way. All of our new embroideries are done in-house, and we’re using precise colors—nudes, light blue, mustard, and crudo—that take a long time to process. For a while, everything was out on the table, on the verge of exploding, but we know that the result will be a good one.”
On what inspires him: “I try to inspire myself through my everyday life. I’m an avid reader. I like theater. I like the opera, and I really like the countryside. I have a house in the countryside that I enjoy very much.”
Delpozo’s new store, located at 35 NE 40th Street, Suite 100, Miami, FL (305-573-1009), will open to the public on February 20. For more information, visit www.delpozo.com.