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Little Italy on the West Coast

Inside Dolce & Gabbana’s new San Francisco boutique opening

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Grant Avenue feels more like Little Italy these days, particularly since Dolce & Gabbana took up residence next to other well-heeled Italian labels like Prada, Valentino and Brunello Cucinelli. This week, the luxury fashion house celebrated its arrival with a proper housewarming, hosted by Diane Wilsey, Vanessa Getty and Trevor Traina. The two-level, high-concept boutique—with its glass façade, opulent burgundy drapes and transparent furniture—had been long anticipated. 

“The moment now feels right for us to open in San Francisco,” explained Stefano Gabbana. “I strongly believe timing is everything…and right now is the perfect moment for us to open our first-ever boutique here.” 

Domenico Dolce echoed this sentiment. “California is such an important market…we feel that our new San Francisco boutique is an important piece to our global puzzle. 

Guests, who sipped champagne served by waiters wearing black tailcoats, included Norah and Norman Stone, Denise Hale, Katie Traina, Willie Brown, Tanya Powell and David Lasker.