On Thursday, February 19, Ports 1961 designer Tia Cibani hosted a champagne toast to celebrate the debut of her second U.S. boutique and first in New York. Following the success of her Melrose Place store, Cibani opened her East Coast location on Ninth Avenue in New York’s Meatpacking District.
Designed by architect Michael Gabellini, Ports’ interior expresses the same calm and organic qualities of Cibani’s clothing. The wall of glass facing Gansevoort Street connects the store to the movement of city, as if the retail space and street were one. The soft lighting, warm colors, and comforting handmade carpet give the shop a home-like and intimate quality, exactly what guests want when seeking a personal shopping experience. Even the dressing room features a curving chair covered in rope-like material and long, ethereal drapery. The colors have been kept neutral – walnut wood floors in places, lucite shelves, cream fabrics – so that the sunlight streaming through the central skylight showcases the clothing in the most natural fashion.
In addition to the Ports collections, the boutique offers coffee table books, art, and music from Cibani’s world travels for purchase. The second and third floors of the space will be used as design studios for artistic events and as Cibani’s workspace.