Buzzing Buckhead

Alison Abbey, Caroline Cox, Allison Mitchell and Stephanie Davis Smith | September 5, 2014 | Articles

It’s been roughly eight years and $300 million in the making, but Buckhead Atlanta has finally arrived in A-Town (eek!), with Hermès slated to kick off the slew of upcoming openings on Sept. 18. With 1.5 million square feet (300,000 for restos and stores, 100,000 for offices, plus space for 2,400 parking spots and 370 luxury residences in two high-rise towers), this mixed-use development is nothing short of extraordinary. But before your head (and your wallet!) get too overwhelmed, the fashionable gals here at JEZ have picked their top shopping and dining spots that are must-tries this fall. You can thank us later.

1. Hermès
Iconic label Hermès was one of the first to sign on for a spot in this shopping mecca. As one of its only 28 U.S. stores, expect 4,100 square feet decked out in signature Greek key metalwork, limestone floors and equestrian-themed art (it’s even offering its equestrian line with exclusive pieces for ATL).

2. Etro
A family-run biz since 1968, Italian fashion house Etro brings its ready-to-wear garments, along with shoes, accessories, homewares and more, into a 2,214-square-foot store on Buckhead Avenue. @etroofficial

3. Helmut Lang
By mixing bold statement pieces and classic must-haves, Helmut Lang has broken out as a fashion favorite. The new 2,116-square-foot boutique on Buckhead Avenue will offer up the brand’s cool-but-approachable pieces…and thanks to new creative direction at the label, Atlantans can expect an updated attitude throughout the store. @helmutlang

4. La Perla
Italian lingerie brand La Perla is shaking things up with its first ATL outpost. The purveyor of all things sexy will house its high-end apparel in a 1,900-square-foot space on Bolling Way. If it’s good enough for Blair and Serena, you know we’re in! @laperlalingerie

5. Christian Louboutin
The iconic red-soled shoes are a mainstay at local high-end department stores, but now the brand is swinging open the doors on its first standalone ATL outpost. Known for dazzling displays and shelf after shelf of exclusive styles, Louboutin stores are a hub for truly fab footwear. @louboutinworld

6. diptyque
Purveyors of heavenly-scented candles, fragrances and bath products, French perfumer diptyque is setting up its first local outpost. Previously only available in select stores, the brand is cozying up in a 496-square-foot space along Bolling Way. @diptyqueparis

7. Scoop NYC
This mini department store that outfits men and women from head to toe will bring the fashionable flair of its Soho flagship store to A-Town. Lines like Opening Ceremony, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and more make this a one-stop shop for fashion lovers looking for a quick—but chic—fix. @scoopnyc

8. Bella Bag
Designer-discount hot spot Bella Bag has swapped out Miami Circle for this retail complex to house its flagship location. Repping ATL as the only local fashion brand on-site, the Sarah Burke Oliver-designed interior will feature clean lines to showcase its selection of rare, limited-edition and vintage designer bags. @shopbellabag

9. Brunello Cucinelli
Head down Bolling Way and you’ll find the warm, modern Brunello Cucinelli boutique. Known for fine cashmere wares, this luxury Italian brand opens shop in a 2,500-square-foot space, complete with Italian travertine-tiled floors, that marks its first foray in the market.

10. Warby Parker
With arguably the most stylish specs on the market, Warby Parker will open a luxe eyewear showroom, facing Buckhead Avenue, full of its signature pairs of prescription glasses and sunglasses. The boutique is sure to be a hot spot for the bespectacled and bespoke! @warbyparker

Check out JEZ’s most anticipated fab five as they roll into Buckhead Atlanta this fall.

The Southern Gentleman
The local restaurateurs behind Tin Lizzy’s Cantina and The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill bring their signature good-time, boozy vibe to this indoor-outdoor second-floor hot spot. On the menu? Southern staples, such as a unique version of chicken and waffles; as well as lighter fare, like a tomato and watermelon salad with pork cracklins. The bar program will focus on—what else?—classic Southern cocktails. Bottoms up! @atlsoutherngent

Georgetown Cupcake
Find out what D.C., New York, Boston and L.A. already know: people are crazy for these cupcakes. You may have drooled over its fare on TLC’s DC Cupcakes, but now you can stop staring at the TV screen and taste the real thing—all 100 flavors. @gtowncupcake

Shake Shack
ShackBurgers and Shack-cago Dogs will soon be on everyone’s crave list when this beloved East Coast eatery opens its doors. Grab a box or a bag overflowing with the spot’s signature crinkle-cut fries and take a seat on their rooftop deck. @shakeshack

Le Bilboquet
This Manhattan fave opens doors in the center of the plaza with chef Julien Jouhannaud’s signature Parisian dishes like tuna tartare, as well as some regional twists mixed in—think grits, fried green tomatoes and the like, plus a walk-up cafe serving items such as pressed sandwiches, gelato and espresso. Expect wraparound outdoor seating and a window-filled interior to bring the outside in. @lebilboquetny

Gypsy Kitchen
You’ll need your culinary passport for this globally eclectic new resto. Executive Chef Randy Lewis delivers full flavors from Spain, with Indian, Moroccan and Southeast Asian influences. The baroque-style space will be decked out in Moorish elements—think mosaic tile, deep-red leather furnishings and a 360-degree indoor-outdoor bar. @gypsykitchenatl

With rolling openings every month—and even each week!—this fall, BA will also play home to American Cut, American F&B, Corso Coffee, Doraku Sushi, Lugo Caffe, Thirteen Pies, Qing Mu and more to arrive later in 2014. On the shopping front, keep your eyes peeled for Jimmy Choo, L’Occitane, Spanx, Tod’s, Intermix, Theory, Canali, and Akris with new additions being announced on the daily.


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