The iconic Australian footwear brand opens its first flagship store in New York City.
A part of the Australian fashion landscape since the 1940s, when RM Williams set about making his first pair of leather boots in the rugged Flinders Ranges of South Australia, the famous brand has now made it to the Big Apple with its first flagship store.
R.M.Williams Chief Executive Officer Raju Vuppalapati and Executive Chairman of L Capital Asia Philip Corne hosted an official opening of the store early this month which included a show of craftsmanship by Master Craftsman and boot-maker Michael Williams, and a display of hand-plaiting kangaroo leather belts by Karin Jacka.
The new store has been designed in collaboration with contemporary Australian artist Mika Utzon Popov, and renowned architecture firm PopovBass.
“This is a place where the power of country still rings true,” says Utzon Popov, who has created a sculpture which forms the centrepiece of the New York store. “It is a place where durability and adaptation form a way of life. It is a place where I feel connected to a bigger picture and draw inspiration from its scale.”
Mika’s designs reflect the natural environment, drawing inspiration from the natural light of the Australian outback to create an original sculpture reflecting an aerial view of the outback as the focal point of the store design. The store is reminiscent of visiting a heritage wool shed on the open plains of Australia.
Guests at the opening included fashion photographer Ben Watts, artist RETNA, celebrity chef Timothy Hollingsworth and Australian Consul-General to New York the honorable Nick Minchin.
152 Spring Street, Soho, New York City