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La Malle Offers High-End Fashion in New Canaan

A new European clothing retailer opened in town last month.

 

A new high-end clothing store specializing in unique European styles opened its doors in New Canaan last month.

Located at 5 East Avenue, La Malle is the brainchild of Marc and Alexandrine Castellana, who moved back to the states from France in December.

Marc said the couple sought to bring “very high-end quality” European clothes to the area.

“The whole goal was to bring something different, something unique,” he recently told Patch. “For the most part, the brands we are carrying are not in the U.S. yet. We are opening the market for them.”

Marc said he’s sold mountain bikes in the past, but his wife is no stranger to the apparel scene.

“My wife was a store manager for 15 years in a very high-end clothing business,” he said. “She has the experience.”

Marc said women’s jackets are available from $600 to $1,700, men’s shoes go for about $350 and men’s jackets for about $900. La Malle also has sweaters, dresses, bags, jewelry, belts, pants and shirts, among other things, available.

The store opened on Dec. 22.

“Since we opened so late, we brought a smaller collection, a smaller variety of clothes, because it’s going to be a short winter” selling season, Marc said. “Then in the spring and summer, we’ll have everything you can imagine.”

Marc said the customer base is building up, slowly but surely.

“We don’t even have a sign up,” he said. “We are not on Elm Street, we are just a bit off, but not too far. People are starting to know we’re here.”

Marc said on the weekends, he has a booth at the new SoNo Marketplace.

“I am there all weekend long,” he said. “A lot of people are coming there and taking information.”

The Castellanas used to live in New Canaan six years ago and are currently renting in Bedford Hills, N.Y. while they look for a new place in town. 

Kristin Thomas January 22, 2013 at 04:58 PM
I have been in and it is a gorgeous store. The pieces would obviously be a very special purchase for someone. However, she is offering a sale on almost everything right now. I can't wait to see what they have in the Spring!
MTB06840 January 22, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Canaan guy and Angie S, did you go to the store?
Charlene January 22, 2013 at 08:47 PM
I saw them at Sono Marketplace. They have very nice quality merchandise.
Sole.N January 22, 2013 at 10:00 PM
I went in their shop..its gorgeous !! And the couple very sympathic. The quality is surprising and I adore the European' style! I have been in France and to get the same quality and brand, thats the double price!! I understand Angie but I prefer buy a jacket little bit pricy than to buy one I will change soon. At least thats not "made in China!".
La Malle Couture January 25, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Thank you for the comments ;) I just wanted to add something about the prices, the men's line starts at 100$, accessories at 30$, and the women's line starts at 195$. On top of that we are having sales at the moment up to 40% off. Come and visit our store, it will be our pleasure to assist you!

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