They don’t call it fast fashion for nothing—Zara has spread like wildfire since it first opened in the U.S. in 1989, and now the retailer has opened the doors on its eighth Manhattan location, a 47,361 square-foot flagship in New York’s SoHo neighborhood.
The newest Zara location is at the center of one of the world’s best known shopping districts, with the store boasting three floors of retail space that will carry men’s, women’s and children’s product.
The store is designed with sustainability in mind; it employs energy efficiency and recycling in order to consume 30 percent less energy and 50 percent less water compared to a conventional store.
The building itself holds historic influence, built in 1878 as part of what is now known as SoHo’s Cast Iron Historic District, so-called for the pervasive use of this material. Zara’s architects made an effort to recover the building’s original cast iron façade and brick wall when developing the space.
Pablo Isla, Inditex chairman, said of the opening, “It is particularly relevant for several reasons: the quality and size of its location, the environmental component that promotes the goals of our eco-efficient store project, its design, and its technological proposal. From today forward this new flagship will undoubtedly be a global benchmark.”