Gucci Wooster Bookstore blends literature and design

Luxury fashion retail Gucci has opened a bookstore in New York.

Inspired by the renowned niche independent bookstores of New York City, the Gucci Wooster Bookstore has opened at 63 Wooster Street in the heart of trendy SoHo.

Books on sale will be almost exclusively about fashion, photography and other creative arts.

The plan, according to US media sources, is to “create a space for truly literary souls”.

Gucci tapped David Strettell to manage the new store. The founder of Manhattan retailer Dashwood Books, which specialises in photography, Strettell hand-picked a collection of more than 2000 titles for Gucci Wooster Bookstore.

The store will sell new books, limited editions, discontinued titles and used books relevant to the store’s theme, along with magazines about fashion, culture, art, illustration, photography and design. A small range of upmarket giftwares will also be on offer, such as notebooks, writing instruments and canvas bags.

To create an appropriately upmarket theme befitting a store bearing the Gucci name, the store has been furnished with restored pieces of wooden furniture made by “friends” of Gucci, including Ryan McGinley, Martin Parr, Ari Marcopoulos, Petra Collins and Florence Welch.

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