Sotheby’s is unveiling both a retail destination and an online marketplace today, to offer customers access to 5,000 luxury items, including jewelry, fine art, watches, designer handbags, furniture, and more.
The Emporium, the new retail store, is located within Sotheby’s flagship office at 1334 York Ave., in New York City, and is an extension of the Buy Now online marketplace.
“Over the past year we’ve seen enormous growth and transformation within the luxury landscape, as evidenced by the success of online auctions and the response to our Buy Now e-commerce platform,” said Josh Pullan, head of Sotheby’s global luxury division, in a statement. “Our newest retail venture in New York, the Emporium, presents a rich assortment of luxury lifestyle goods and fine art that clients can enjoy in person every day and buy instantly.”
Both the retail space and online marketplace will be curated by a revolving roster of tastemakers and influencers, starting with renowned makeup artist Gucci Westman, whose clients have included Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow. Shoppers can browse Westman’s edit until June 10. Her brand, Westman Atelier, is dedicated to promoting clean and sustainable makeup products; as such, Sotheby’s will make a donation to the Right Livelihood Foundation, an organization dedicated to solving global and ecological problems, to thank her for her involvement.
“I am beyond thrilled to collaborate with Sotheby’s on an edit of luxury goods for the debut of the Emporium,” said Westman in the same statement. “The credibility, the curation, and the craftsmanship that come with the Sotheby’s stamp—knowing something has been vetted by such an exceptional eye—is special. From a pair of art nouveau gooseneck desk lamps by Loetz to a late 20th century Signe Persson-Melin glazed bowl and contemporary gold, platinum, and diamond David Webb necklace, my selections embody my passion for timeless investment pieces with a story to tell. Not to mention the element of discovery—what better way to encounter a new artist or delve into the world of interiors than through Sotheby’s unique lens?”
Other jewelry pieces within the Westman edit include a Rolex Kermit Submariner stainless steel watch, circa 2003, for $30,000, and a Sotheby’s Diamonds yellow and white diamond cigar band ring, for $50,000.