Paul Smith and the King’s Cross Partnership have confirmed the British designer brand will be opening a store at the new King’s Cross Coal Drops Yard shopping development in October 2018.
The new store will be in keeping with Paul’s own belief that each shop should be different, with each branch individually designed by a team of in-house architects to complement its surroundings.
The Coal Drops Yard store will combine modern features with original architecture, including the vaulted brick ceiling and walls. A men’s suiting room will be decorated with Japanese 1 Yen coins and a blue tunnel with rubberized floor will link to the women’s room.
At the rear of the store will be a space inspired by Paul’s time as a shopkeeper in Nottingham and will feature a rotation of concepts linked to product launches and events in the city such as Design Week and Frieze.
Paul Smith said: “As a man who’s travelled in and out of King’s Cross and St Pancras for many years and seen it change from a very run-down and sad area to become a vibrant and beautifully restored part of the city, it’s with great excitement that I’m opening a new shop there later in the year.”
Craig White, Project Director at Argent, added: “When we began the Coal Drops Yard project, Paul Smith was one of our muses – his classic style with a twist has informed our approach to identifying our ideal partners, and is indeed mirrored in Heatherwick Studio’s reimagining of the Victorian coal drops themselves. His signing is a magnificent addition to the scheme, and we look forward to welcoming shoppers to the store when it opens later this year.”
Coal Drops Yard, adjacent to Granary Square, is a newly developed shopping quarter in King’s Cross, due to open in autumn 2018.