Luxury brands these days have been making their foray into the food industry, for the food industry taking businesses ahead by leaps and bounds. And of course, quick money. People might pick a bag later but coffee and pizza: All day, everyday. But since when are these cafes operational? And all thanks to their ‘Instagrammable’ picture abilities, more and more people are checking these gorgeous places off their bucket list every passing day.
Here are 5 luxury cafes by these high end fashion design houses, that I feel everyone must know about. I bet you’ll crave a vacation by the end of this post:
Luxury shopping, art gazing and a beautiful cafe: All three things are made possible at Apgujeong, Seoul, at the world’s largest Dior flagship store. The building is a gigantic 6 floor building (of course art in itself), constructed by Christian de Portzamparc, who got inspired by the brand’s haute couture itself. It is one of the most recognisable buildings and Peter Marino as always has done an exceptionally well job with the interiors. Airy and fresh vibes all the way, the use of pastel colours in terms of fabrics gives the cafe a unique richness and a superior sense of styling. The cafe is situated at the 6th floor of the building and extends itself to the terrace too.
THOMAS’S CAFE at Burberry, London
A fun mix of rustic and modern, this is Thomas’s Cafe at the Burberry store, Regent Street, London. People say it’s hidden inside the store, but trust me they don’t want rushy crowds and long queues for their uber chic, feel rich cafe. Known really well for its afternoon tea, the place is really well set up and one can totally enjoy his/her moment of a very English vacation. A lot of wood has been used for the interiors with simple yet elegant more white, less black flooring. All in all, the whole place shows up an ambience for a majestical evening with friends and family, cozy enough for conservations that last hours.
1921 GUCCI, iAPM Mall, Shanghai
At a place like Shanghai where labels and price tags matter tremendously, how could a luxury brand not have something as unique as 1921 Gucci!! Made up in a classy and subtle way, the cafe opens up to a dine al fresco area as well. Turquoise and gold are the accents to the decor. The best and the classiest part according to me is the monogramming of ‘1921 Gucci’ at their napkins and the same has been seen at the table mats too, setting them apart. The luxury brand operates two cafés in Florence and in Tokyo, but this is their first proper Italian restaurant. Housed on the fourth floor of the IAPM luxury shopping mall on Huaihai Lu, the cafe is the world’s only Gucci-branded full-service restaurant. Images via: http://shanghaiist.com/2015/07/25/gucci_restaurant_opens_in_shanghai.php, http://danielfooddiary.com/2017/06/25/1921gucci/
BEIGE, CHANEL, Tokyo
Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo was found in 2004 through collaboration between the top quality fashion brand Chanel and the Alain Ducasse Entreprise. The spirit of ‘simple and elegant’ that both share is expressed in every detail of the cuisine and the décor. This restaurant is very elegant, very beige, and very Chanel. Located on top of the Chanel boutique’s building, the restaurant is among the most expensive ones in the world and offers dining al fresco options too.
Images via: http://www.beige-tokyo.com/en/, tripadvisor.
BAR LUCE, PRADA, MilanDesigned by film director Wes Anderson, Bar Luce recreates the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafè. Although his movies often favor symmetrical tableaux, Anderson feels that ‘there is no ideal angle for this space. It is for real life, and ought to have numerous good spots for eating, drinking, talking, reading, etc. Also, in my opinion this will make for a really nice place of all the who’s who to come and chill after a fashion show. Vintage green sure is an accent with the whole ambience being shabby chic, I love the round pendant lights. This of sure appears no less than any eccentric movie set.
Images: http://www.vogue.com/article/wes-anderson-bar-luce-milan, https://in.pinterest.com/pin/522276888013526986/
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