the venture at london's dover street market in 2008 may have been chanel's first retail initiative of the pop-up kind, but today the luxury brand launches its first free-standing one in ritzy-glitzy st.-tropez [open until oct 3]. accommodated in an 18th-century mansion set in a vast garden, the store measures 120 sqm. and is, ofcourse, revamped in a setting that prominently features chanel's iconic colours of black, beige and red. shoppers can indulge in a large selection of pieces of the a/w 2010 collection , from ready-to-wear to accessories, shoes and handbags. a section has been reserved for its watch collection, including the new j12 marine trophy model. location: 25 rue françois sibilli [centre ville].