2013 is almost over (sorry), but V think it went pretty well, TBH. At least in terms of luxury economy, the world is doing one thing right: All year long we've been noticing a boom in beautiful store openings, and one design house was the front runner in proliferation. Fashion titan Prada has opened—count them—32 new stores around the world in 2013. Considering the 2nd Prada store opened in 1983 and there are now over 300 worldwide, this number is massive. It means, in case you'd rather not do the math, that for the past 30 years, the Prada Group has had to open an average of 10 stores per year, and that this year, their output was triple that.
Take a look through our slideshow of stores from Abu Dhabi to São Paolo—and this doesn't even include Miu Miu! The newest spaces are designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, many paying tribute to artists the renowned designer admires. For example, the work of Venezuelan-born Carlos Cruz-Diez is an inspiration for the façade on Kazakhstan's 8,000-square-foot first-ever Prada store, which opened just yesterday (December 5th, 2013).
Here's the breakdown:
Prada in 2013: 32 new stores opened across 14 countries
Miu Miu in 2013: 22, across 11 countries
Total Prada Group stores open today: 491
Miu Miu: 133
Car Shoe: 8
Rest of Europe: 138
North America: 69
South America: 6
Japan (including Hawaii): 70
Rest of Asia: 142
Middle East: 13
images courtesy of prada