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Graff buys the Madison Avenue building

13 march 2019

Graff was reported to have bought a building on the Madison Avenue where its flagship store is situated, says JCK.

                  Image credit: Graff

“Acquiring the property ensures that Graff will remain a long-term resident at this exclusive location,” the agency quoted Graff as saying in a statement. 
The price of the building wasn’t disclosed by the company, however in 2014 it was sold for $70 mn to a London-based company Tribeca Holdings. 
The office was occupied by Graff since 2001. 
The interior of the flagship store was made over by Peter Marino who created a luxurious space with double-height ceilings.

Victoria Quiri, Correspondent of the European Bureau, Rough&Polished, Strasbourg