Fashion designer Virgil Abloh and AMO director Samir Bantal have designed the Off-White flagship store in Miami, in the heart of the city’s dynamic and expanding Design District. The collaboration between Abloh and AMO represents an ongoing dialogue between the two that was sparked by the jointly developed exhibition Figures of Speech.
The property holds a number of distinct aesthetic markers, including an opaque polycarbonate facade. Through this exterior layer, Off-White’s new visual marker—a pair of hands extended upward—is visible above a bright orange “X,” another of the brand’s signatures.
The ‘X’ overlays the word ‘SHOP’ indicating that this is not simply a shop. Instead Abloh and AMO developed a platform for Off-White’s diverse identity, driven by Abloh’s multidisciplinary engagement. The ‘X’ results from the ongoing endeavor of Abloh and AMO to redefine the world of Off-White retail, which is driven by questions such as: What is the role of a shop in today’s tech driven, social media focused society?
The flagship store explores the idea of the modern fulfillment center, by offering visitors a physical community space for interaction and brand engagement. The multiplicity of activities and experiences to be explored, is facilitated by the flexibility of the space. A floor to ceiling movable wall, serves as a secondary façade, that can be pushed back inviting the public street into the brand’s perimeter. As such, a public space is created to host a variety of functions, such as public art display, mini catwalks and musical performance. The first floor’s flexible floorplan creates moments for more intimate and exclusive engagement with the world of Off-White.
Befitting Miami and its warm temperatures, the floors are rendered in concrete, which helps in keeping the interior from overheating and are lightly stained. Shelving is done in stainless steel; rails in black marquina and white Carrara marble. Corrugated metal walls, mesh ceiling panels and tubular ceiling lights amplify Off-White’s industrial-blank canvas impression, referencing ‘fulfillment center’ esthetics, while a centerpiece staircase—finished in an electric blue—pays an unexpected, striking nod to the Magic City’s famed history of neon color.
In total, the Miami flagship will feature 262 square meters (2,820 square feet) of space, across two floors. Always seeking to merge fashion with art and pubic activities, Abloh has included a 1 square meter (441 square feet) stock room in his store, that will be visible to passersby and shoppers through a completely transparent glass wall that is recessed within the building.
To that point, the Miami flagship will also feature customizable elements in its layout and framework, with transformative fixtures that can rapidly change a retail floor into a multi-use event platform. All of the store’s furniture—custom made in Italy for Off-White—features wheels, for easier rearrangement. Flexibility is key.
Upon opening, Off-White’s Miami location will feature two artworks; “DOLLAR A GALLON III” by Abloh, and “ROLLER” by Mark Jenkins, as commissioned by Abloh. The sparsity of the space—and its modularity—will permit for a rotating roster of works that will go on display, in accordance with event programming, product collection releases, capsule drops, and more.