T Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice
Our executive creative director and founder, Jonathan Penton, has described T Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice as the best department store he has ever seen (and he’s seen a lot of department stores).
T Fondaco dei Tedeschi opened last October, occupying one of Venice’s landmarks right next to the Rialto bridge. The building, which dates back to 1228 and was once used by Napoleon as a customs hall, was last incarnated as the city’s main post office before being sold in 2009. The transformation is sensational and the shopping experience out of this world.