Kirna Zabête has opened its sixth store this month in Nashville.
The shop, which spans 4,200 square feet, is located at 2001 Warfield Drive in Green Hills. It is situated in a circa 1960 Modernist building that once housed party store Shindigs & Celebrations.
The shop had a soft opening earlier this month and will mark its official opening Friday with a trunk show for Adam Lippes and jewelry designer Audrey Cohen.
“The response has been tremendous and our conversion is really strong,” said Beth Buccini, founder and owner of Kirna Zabête. “We’ve seen a multigenerational customer from country superstars to business women to suburban moms shopping with their daughters.”
She noted that customers are wardrobing themselves and buying gifts for friends and family. “People seem overjoyed we’ve opened and have brought so many designers to Nashville that were previously unavailable. We’re thrilled to finally be here,” she said.
Founded in 1999, Kirna Zabête now has six locations. In addition to Nashville, there are two stores in Manhattan on Madison Avenue and Mercer Street, as well as stores in Bryn Mawr, Pa.; East Hampton, N.Y., and Palm Beach, Fla., as well as kirnazabete.com.
The retailer carries such designer labels as Alaïa, Bottega Veneta, Chloé, Dries Van Noten, Elder Statesman, Khaite, Libertine, Paco Rabanne, Sacai, Toteme, La Double J and Loewe. The company plans to open a Miami store in early June.
Buccini worked closely with residential interior designer Steven Gambrel, whom she has used previously on the design of all her stores, except for East Hampton, N.Y., which started as a pop-up and then did so well the company made the location permanent. Gambrel, also designed Buccini’s home — she is his only commercial client.
“Nashville is our third new store in the past 11 months after a move within SoHo and a new location on Madison Avenue,” said Buccini. “With all three of these stores, I wanted to create an intimate, sophisticated experience. They all have similar elements like a pink marble terrazzo floor imported from Italy, Venetian plaster walls, curved arches and red lacquered chandeliers.”
Buccini said she was drawn to Nashville for its “contagious energy” and she said she found a void in the market for the kind of joyful, expressive clothing for which Kirna Zabête is known.
“We’ve done our typical mix of everything from black tie to denim. I like to dress a woman seven days a week,” she said.