Iconic jewellery house Tiffany & Co. finally has a New Zealand boutique!
“We are very excited to open our doors in Auckland today,” said Glen Schlehuber, vice president and managing director of Tiffany & Co. Oceania. “The store represents a wonderful opportunity to showcase the excellent quality and craftsmanship of our Tiffany collections and provide new customers with a world-class shopping experience.”
Upon entering the 430 square metre store, customers will be greeted in the grand entrance room, which features a hand-leafed chandelier by New York-based artist, Michelle Oka Doner, inspired by the Tiffany Magnolia motif.
The Fine Jewellery Salon, featuring white stone floors, cerused walnut paneling and neutral velvet walls, creates a sophisticated atmosphere with drapery accenting the space. A dark green marble band in the stone flooring adds another layer of contrast as well as harkening back to our Fifth Avenue Flagship where the same material is used to create the stone portals on the Main Floor.
The Bridal Salon, home to the world famous Tiffany Setting engagement ring, features a wall of hand-painted and gilded Tiffany Magnolia glass panels that gives a sense of luxury and history, as they are inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany’s, son of the founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, original stained glass screens on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York still today.
The Fashion Salon features a clean, streamlined perimeter of warm white lacquer panels and wood flooring to anchor the space. The slick nature of the glossy lacquer creates a decidedly contemporary, gallery-like feel. A feature wall of faceted mirror and polished metal speaks to the deco-inspired concept of glamour in the 1930s.
Inspired by the residences of New York City’s Upper East Side, the Private Sales Salon provides a respite for more discerning clientele. Cream velvet walls add softness and sophistication to the space and highlight a bold, black plaster and white gold art panel featuring a composition of Tiffany Wisteria cascading down the wall.
In addition to Tiffany’s celebrated diamond engagement rings, the showcases will be arrayed with magnificent jewels of diamonds and colourful gemstones; fine and sterling silver jewellery; the acclaimed creations of Elsa Peretti, Paloma Picasso and Jean Schlumberger; signature collections such as Tiffany T and Return To Tiffany, watches; gifts and leather accessories. Each sparkling creation is wrapped in the Tiffany Blue Box, emblematic of beauty and excellence throughout the world.
Auckland represents Tiffany’s first company-operated store in New Zealand. As of July 31, 2016, Tiffany operated 311 stores in 27 countries, including 83 stores in Asia-Pacific and nine in Australia.