How Andre Mellone reinvented Carolina Herrera’s NYC flagship

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You founded your Studio Mellone firm in 2012 after working for the architect Robert A.M. Stern and designer Mark Hampton. How did you go from luxury residential to fashion retailer?

The front of the Carolina Herrera Madison storeBjorn Wallander Photo

The moment I started my company, my good friend Thom Browne asked me to make a shop. I said, "Thom, I had never made a store before." He said: "That's exactly why I want you to do it." He wanted someone to come to his store from a residential perspective.

It is interesting The categories that were separated have joined. Retail customers want their stores to feel like houses, and my residential customers want their homes to feel like resorts.

Since then, he has made seven stores for Browne, as well as projects for Jason Wu and, more recently, the flagship of Madison Avenue of Carolina Herrera.

It is interesting The categories that were separated have joined. Retail customers want their stores to feel like houses, and my residential customers want their homes to feel like resorts.

Can you give us an example?

From Carolina [retail] the house had not been renovated since 2000. We made the space feel like a house again, a "home" for the brand. We replace locked windows. We brought new doors. We put in stone and parquet floors. The three stories now feel like large living rooms.

What is your uniform?

I go from construction sites to formal meetings. I usually wear a Thom Browne shirt with fancy cargo pants and Red Wing boots that I can polish if I need to go to dinner.

His most recent residential project is the service suite at 25 Park Row.

The architecture for that project is a modern version of the classic Art Deco buildings. We examine the great rooms, the hotel lobbies and the interiors of the Deco transatlantic cruises. So we create floor-to-ceiling shelves, accessories that look like Leigh lights and a mosaic pool. It will look awesome when it opens this spring.

25 Park RowDBOX photo