First blush: Spanish star Delpozo arrives in London
Founded in 1974 under designer Jesus del Pozo, the Madrid-based label Delpozo was celebrated in Spain for its creativity and commitment to craftsmanship but little known elsewhere. In 2011, following Del Pozo’s passing, the reigns were handed over to Barcelona-born designer Josep Font and two years later the pret-a-couture label made its way to New York Fashion Week where its debut was met with critical acclaim.
Font, who left behind a degree in architecture for a career in fashion, is renowned for his ability to create complex constructions that appear minimal and effortless. Echoing his background in buildings, his pieces combine voluminous structural silhouettes with intricate hand-embroidered details.
Having successfully catapulted the Spanish label onto the international stage, Font will now oversee the opening of the label’s first flagship outside of Madrid. ‘London is a modern city and it’s so cosmopolitan,’ says Font of Delpozo’s new home from home. ‘I love the multicultural vibe that the city has, and Delpozo is for a global woman and I felt it was the city we had to land with our own store.’
Open now, the new outpost is one of the first retail spaces to open within Cadogan’s new Corso Como-inspired 131 Sloane Street development designed by architects Stiff + Trevillion. The 360 sq m store, which is arranged across two floors and includes a dedicated bridal suite, will be in good company when Red Valentino opens next door within the next few months, bringing an increased footfall to the south end of the Knightsbridge street.
Taking design cues from its Spanish sister store, Delpozo’s London location displays Font’s sculptural creations across brass rails and within glass vitrines like exquisite works of art. A warm palette of black Japanese marble and natural oak wood is used across both floors to soften the industrial edge of the brass fixtures, while inviting seating areas are furnished with lamps, tables and sumptuous vintage upholstery pieces selected by Font himself.