Former Elyse Walker and Jeffrey buyer Philip Manghisi has opened the doors of his new Wunderkind boutique in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The 3,600 square foot specialty store offers designer ready-to-wear, contemporary collections, luxury shoes and bags, fine jewelry, eyewear and home accessories from Azzedine Alaïa, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Chloé, Dries Van Noten, Elder Statesman, Gabriela Hearst, Givenchy, Ganni, Nili Lotan, Raquel Allegra and Re / Done, among others.
Manghisi began traveling to Scottsdale every year to visit friends in 2014. When the local New York Barneys store closed in 2016, it saw a gap in the market. Five years later, his first solo retail venture pays homage to Jeffrey Kalinsky’s nickname “Wunderkind” when he started working for Jeffrey stores at the age of 19.
“Simple luxury” is Manghisi’s approach. “From easy everyday clothes to a suit, I want to be a one stop shop,” she said, aiming to appeal to those in their 30s and up and a mix of retirees and second home owners.
The retail center where the shop is located on Scottsdale Road includes a hair salon and a high-end jewelry boutique. The location is adjacent to the Paradise Valley neighborhood, the wealthiest municipality in Arizona. Dior recently opened its first Arizona store in Scottsdale Fashion Square, a complex that also houses Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Bulgari stores, as well as Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.