January 21, 2021

Bridget Foley’s Diary: Tom Ford Moves on Madison

“I have never been meek.”
Never mind that those words could be Tom Ford’s personal manifesto and, when the time comes (many years hence, knock on wood), his epitaph. On Monday morning, he stated the obvious by way of contextualizing the powerful design of his new New York store, at 672 Madison Avenue.
Ford spoke on the phone from London, the base from which he’d been weighing in daily — his staffers might say constantly — as workers readied the space for its soft opening today. The official opening will be marked with a cocktail party on Sept. 7, the day after Ford’s spring 2018 show.
Our Monday morning, conversation followed a walk-through of the store, a field trip that more than supported the designer’s antimeek declaration. It also displayed an interesting degree of activity — merchandisers filling shelves and racks despite the last-minute construction work under way; some ceiling coverings — mirrors, stainless steel, a portion of a high-tech, reflective fabric — remained uninstalled. On Wednesday, a minor mirror mishap caused WWD’s shoot to be pushed back just a bit, 30 minutes or so.
Even almost finished, the space pulsed with urbane chic of a sort very different from that of Ford’s first retail outpost, up the avenue a

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