The return of luxury fashion, Detroit designers react to Gucci store

Detroit — New York has Fifth Avenue, Los Angeles has Rodeo Drive and Paris has the Champs-Elysées. Detroit lacks such a luxury retail corridor, but the opening of a Gucci store this summer has raised hopes for the revival of high fashion businesses in the Motor City.

The trend-setting Italian brand, known for its high-end handbags, footwear and home decór, began welcoming shoppers to its new store on Library Street, near Woodward, on Aug. 19. The company said in a statement it was “thrilled to be one of the first global luxury brands to open in downtown Detroit.” 

In addition, the McMullen luxury boutique, based in Oakland, California, and known for featuring and supporting Black designers, will open a six-month pop-up shop on Woodward Sept. 16. 

The two new retailers offer tangible signs of rebirth for luxury fashion in Detroit, and designers and entrepreneurs say the industry has shown other signs that the city is a fertile market.

Among them: Bottega Veneta held its spring fashion show in Corktown, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America opened the Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center above Carhartt’s flagship store on Cass Avenue in 2018. Cassidy Tucker, the co-founder of Deviate, a Detroit-based emerging luxury brand, thinks Detroit is becoming a fashion city.

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