Cartier pop-up at Harrods, London - Luxury Retail
Cartier to debut unique immersive experience pop-up at Harrods, London
The pop-up will take over Cartier’s existing Harrods space which covers a 5,200-square-foot area, the largest jewellery store at Harrods – focusing on the history of the Panthère de Cartier collection.
The aim is to create a “truly immersive experience” with several rooms and to narrate the story of the famous range of jewelry: Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by Cartier bellboys and shown into a room clad in emerald green from floor to ceiling — a nod to the emeralds that always feature in Panthère jewelry, to create the animal’s piercing green eyes.
Another room highlights Cartier muse and former artistic director Jeanne Toussaint’s contribution to making the Panthère a house signature. Others display popular Panthère pieces dating from 1914 to today.
There is an all-mirror tunnel, a 3-D light installation of the Panthère, and a “touch-and-try” space that allows customers to try on pieces and take pictures. The company also noted that guests and staff will be wearing PPE at all times and any creations that are physically tried on will be disinfected immediately.
“Our clients are increasingly shopping online and are going back to their favorite Cartier creations,” said Laurent Feniou, managing director of Cartier U.K., explaining the reasoning behind the pop-up and the renewed focus on the Panthère range.
He pointed to a series of Panthère novelties that will launch alongside the Harrods pop-up and be sold in the adjoining boutique. Highlights include a series of pieces featuring a “fur” setting technique that involves folding minuscule metal wires around hand-carved onyx and diamonds. There will also be Panthère tote bags, postcards and posters for visitors to take away, catering to the jeweler’s broader audience.
Given the increased interest on house signatures, the jeweler has also recently launched a redesign of its famous Pasha watch from the Eighties, which has been reimagined for today with features such as interchangeable straps and customized engraving.
Last summer Cartier unveiled a pop-up experience at Selfridges Corner Shop, highlighting its new Clash de Cartier range. It has also reimagined its Bond Street flagship with a private-lounge-cum-events-space to accommodate everything from book launches to exhibitions and private client dinners.