Cremieux to Replace SoHo Unit With Hudson Yards Store

NEW YORK — Count Cremieux as the latest upscale tenant to sign on at Hudson Yards.
The French men’s wear brand, which got its start in Saint-Tropez in 1976, will open an 800-square-foot store at The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, a key element of the neighborhood that is being built on Manhattan’s far West Side. When completed, Hudson Yards will include more than 18 million square feet of commercial and residential space, more than 100 stores, a collection of restaurants, 4,000 residences, a 750-seat public school, a 200-room Equinox hotel and 14 acres of public open space.
The Cremieux store is expected to open in mid-March and will join anchor Neiman Marcus as well as Dior, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Coach, Kiehl’s, AG Jeans by Adriano Goldschmied and Forty-Five-Ten.
At Hudson Yards, the store will be located near Cartier, Dior, Fendi and other brands with a similar aesthetic, said Stephane Cremieux, chief executive officer of Cremieux and son of founder Daniel Cremieux.
The shop will replace the 700-square-foot, two-level unit at 65 Mercer Street that closed in June. That store had been open for four years but the lease was up for renewal and the landlord would not reduce the rent, Cremieux said.

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New & Lingwood Opens Store on Upper East Side

The British invasion of New York continues.
On Thursday, New & Lingwood, the men’s wear brand that traces its history to Eton High Street in 1865, opened the door of its first store in the U.S. The 2,300-square-foot, two-level unit at 970 Lexington Avenue, between 70th and 71st Streets, is only the third location for the label and joins the original 153-year-old shop in Eton as well as the flagship that has been on Jermyn Street in London since 1922.
The New York store offers ready-to-wear and furnishings on the main floor — including a vast selection of socks — and made-to-measure, formalwear and limited-edition silk dressing gowns on the second level. The store also boasts an unusual feature for Manhattan — an outdoor garden in the rear, which New & Lingwood can utilize for events in the nice weather.
New & Lingwood is one of several U.K. brands to make a move to Manhattan. In June, Harrys of London, the footwear and accessories label, opened a boutique at Park Avenue and 57th Street. Harrys is owned by billionaire real estate developer Charles Cohen, who also owns a majority stake in Richard James and is close to opening a 2,000-square-foot flagship for that brand next door.

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Lingua Franca Opens First Store on Bleecker

NEW YORK — Lingua Franca is among the new storefronts on Bleecker Street here.
Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, who founded the brand of cashmere sweaters embroidered with phrases in 2016, opened her first store at 382 Bleecker Street earlier this week. The space is one of the seven storefronts Brookfield Properties bought earlier this year with plans to revive the neighborhood, a once-booming retail destination that became a bit of a ghost town in recent years. Lingua Franca, along with Prabal Gurung, Slightly Alabama and Bonberi and Fleurotica, are the tenants involved in the Love, Bleecker project done with Skylight and Brookfield to bring art, music and cultural programming to the neighborhood along with retail.
Hruska lives in the neighborhood with her family. Her husband Sean MacPherson owns the Waverly Inn, located on Bank Street. “We’re super committed to the neighborhood, and I’ve always been interested in what happened on Bleecker,” said Hruska MacPherson. “When I moved to New York 15 years ago, that’s where I went to hang out and shop and pretend to be cool. It was sad to see it be dead and fall to all these crazy high rents.”
The 560-square-foot store was designed by Sean MacPherson and features custom

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Los Angeles is a Fashion Wasteland. Can One Store Change That?

Dover Street Market, a mammoth multi-brand store mixing high fashion and hyped-up streetwear, just opened its sixth location in downtown L.A. But will it find an audience in this notoriously dressed-down city?
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Psycho Bunny to Open First U.S. Retail Store in Miami

Psycho Bunny is jumping into the retail fray in Miami.
The New York-based men’s brand with the slightly maniacal rabbit logo with its teeth hanging over a skull and crossbones, is opening its first store in the Aventura Mall this fall.
The brand operates two stores in Panama, two in Mexico and will open one in Bogotá, Colombia, by the end of the year. There are also 17 retail locations in Japan, including a flagship in Shibuya.
The concept is a bit unorthodox since the store will have two iterations: a 1,400-square-foot space will open as a pop-up at the beginning of November and stay in operation through the middle of January. At that point, it will be closed until the middle of March when it will reopen permanently as a 1,600-square-foot flagship.
“Because of the timing of when we signed the lease, we needed more time to [create a flagship],” said Robert Goldman, who operates the brand with Robert Godley. So to capitalize on the holiday traffic, a pop-up was created that will replicate a working artist’s studio. It is being designed by the Montreal-based architectural firm, Aedifica, which has worked with Adidas, Aldo and others.
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Marcia Patmos Opens Brooklyn Store for M.Patmos With Focus on Community

Six years after officially launching her M.Patmos brand, Marcia Patmos has opened her first store in Brooklyn.
Located at 380 Atlantic Avenue, the lofty space offers her designs and a range of other products, including art books, records, organic beauty products and home decor. Jewelry from local designers, sneakers from Alumnae upcycled styles from the Los Angeles-based VisionQuest, cashmere blankets and throws from Saved and zero-waste pillows from Oliver Yaphe are some of the pick-up items for sales. Photographer Sarah Bird’s “Trees” exhibition is on view, too.
Patmos said of the opening: “I thought it was a good time, because people are interested in independent designers. There are two things happening. There’s the Amazon world and there’s also people, who like to go into a store to touch things, speak to a person and find special things that you don’t find on Amazon, etc.”
To design the space, Patmos used as many recycled goods as she could, “stalking” The Big Reuse in Gowanus for salvaged goods like mirrors, shelves and other finds. With large bay windows, old wood floors and tin ceilings, the designer wanted the interior to have an industrial feel. She made the clothing racks from plumbing pipes. To keep things

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‘Made in France’ Brand Rue Begand Opens First Store

PARIS — One is in Troyes, a city in eastern France with a deep-rooted textile history. The other is located in the Haut Marais, a trendy shopping district in the center of Paris.
Rue Begand — the men’s fashion brand — has opened its first brick-and-mortar store on the Rue Charlot, after launching wholesale in January at L’Exception in France and United Arrows in Japan.
Doubling as the label’s headquarters, the shop sports a photo studio in its basement where the fall 2018 and spring 2019 collections were shot for the Rue Begand e-shop, set to launch in a couple of weeks.
Named after a street in Troyes that used to house a number of clothing workshops, the brand is a celebration of local savoir faire.
“Eighty percent of our clothes are made in Troyes,” said Rue Begand’s founder Samuel Granata, adding that the remaining part is manufactured in a nearby town, with a few of the more voluminous pieces being made in Tunisia.
Rue Begand works with L’Atelier d’Ariane, a historical clothing manufacturer based in Troyes run by Granata’s mother Véronique. “My family has had the atelier for over 20 years,” said the 25-year-old founder, who runs the brand with his brother Arthur. “I spent most of

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EXCLUSIVE: Neil Barrett to Debut First London Store

MILAN — Neil Barrett is boosting its distribution with key openings and a new web site.
As a first step of a retail strategy aimed at bringing the brand founded in 1999 by British designer Neil Barrett in the most prestigious streets of the key international cities in the world, the fashion label is gearing up to unveil its first store in London.
Opening its doors just in time for the holiday season, the shop will occupy 2,153 square feet on Conduit Street in the heart of the Mayfair neighborhood and feature a “revisited, cozier version of the store concept by Zaha Hadid Architects, which is already on show in our 30 monobrand stores around the world,” said Neil Barrett chief executive officer Carlo Barone Lumaga, during an interview at the company’s headquarters in Milan.
“This is an important step for the brand and it’s even more relevant because Neil is British and he is very connected with his roots,” said Barone Lumaga, adding that the store will enable the brand to fully showcase its collection in a key market for the company. “We will definitely maintain our tight relationships with the British department stores and in the course of next year we will

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Veronica Beard to Open Store at the Americana Manhasset

GROWING BEARD: Veronica Beard will open a 1,300-square-foot store Friday at the Americana Manhasset. The brand already has two boutiques in Manhattan, one in Dallas and one in Los Angeles.
The store will feature Beard’s full ready-to-wear collection as well as the Veronica Beard Jeans and shoes categories. Limited-edition styles, collaborations and third-party product will also be available at the Manhasset unit, including Le Specs sunglasses, Jardin and Dannijo jewelry and Sana Jardin fragrance.
Codesigners and sisters-in-law Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard worked with interior designer Carolina de Neufville to design the store. A match stick chandelier hangs above a glass and Lucite table, anchored by a vintage Moroccan carpet with tones of pink. The space is filled with vintage furniture, leopard print accents and custom brass and copper hanging fixtures. There is also a Mastercraft credenza with Seventies vintage brass table lamps at the back of the store.
“No two Veronica Beard stores will ever be exactly alike because we like to design each with its regional location in mind,” Swanson Beard said. “The Americana Manhasset store is an extension of our world, and we knew this would be the perfect location for our next store since many of our customers

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Old Dominion Goes Old-School at Frye’s SoHo Store

It was a far cry from the stage at MetLife Stadium, but it was also dry.
Three days ago, Old Dominion was opening for Kenny Chesney when strong storms caused a temporary evacuation of the arena in New Jersey. Although fans were eventually allowed to return and the show went on, lead singer Matthew Ramsey said the band still performed in a virtual downpour.
On Tuesday night, the Academy of Country Music’s reigning Vocal Group of the Year played an acoustic set at the Frye flagship in SoHo that was part of the boot company’s Fryedays event, a music program that features intimate live performances from established and emerging artists. Other performers have included the Brothers Osborne, a country duo who are featured in Frye’s Hometown Pride advertising campaign. T.J. and John Osborne played a Fryedays event in Las Vegas in April before the ACM awards.
This was the first Fryedays event in New York City. Other performers have included Langhorne Slim, The Lone Bellow, Shakey Graves and Liz Cooper.
“This is a little different,” Ramsey said backstage after the Frye show, where he and his bandmates sat on stools playing guitars. “But much more dry. As soon as we came out on stage

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Apple store evacuated ‘after iPad explodes’

An Apple store in the Netherlands was evacuated after an iPad battery exploded and released noxious fumes into the air, according to reports.
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Furla Opens First Store in Florida at Aventura Mall

Furla brought blossoms and butterflies to fete its one and only Florida store. The Bologna, Italy-based accessories brand and its chief executive officer of the Americas, Scott Link, hosted back-to-back events on July 12: a brunch at its new, nearly 1,200-square-foot location in Aventura Mall, and a sit-down dinner with a flower stand for press and influencers to make their own bouquets at Soho Beach House. The summery theme referenced pre-fall 2018’s women’s bags printed and embellished with florals and butterflies from studs to leather appliqués.

The Furla store in Florida at Aventura Mall. 
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“Our DNA is grounded in quality, colorful creativity, joyfulness and an Italian lifestyle — all of which will resonate with Floridians,” said Alberto Camerlengo, ceo of the Furla Group, of reentering the strong market. (The company previously operated at the Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Fla.) “We found the perfect location at Aventura Mall. The area has a robust local and tourist economy. We are always looking for optimal locations.”
Furla’s sixth full-price store in the U.S. opens at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., in September. It will feature the new store design prototype of durmast oak accented with Champagne-colored metal, which debuted at

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Starbucks to Open First Italian Store in September

MILAN’S CUP OF JOE: Mark your calendars: Starbucks is about to make its debut in Italy, the country whose world-celebrated coffee culture in the Seventies inspired the American chain’s founder Howard Schultz.
On Sept. 6, the Seattle-based company will host an event in Milan to celebrate the opening of the first Italian Starbucks Reserve Roastery.
Occupying a 25,833-square-foot space inside a historic building that formerly housed the city’s central post office, which overlooks Piazza Cordusio near the Bourse and the Duomo cathedral, Starbucks Reserve Roastery will feature the new store concept inaugurated in Shanghai.
This includes a collaboration with Milan-based bakery group Princi, which in partnership with the American coffee maker opened its first international store in Seattle last year. The world’s biggest Starbucks Reserve Roastery will open in Chicago next year.
According to Starbucks, the opening of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Milan will kick off a strategy aimed at bringing the coffee chain to the streets of the most important Italian cities.

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Descendant of Thieves to Open First Retail Store

Men’s brand Descendant of Thieves is not afraid of all the empty storefronts on Bleecker Street and will open its first brick-and-mortar store on the beleaguered strip in November.
The shop at No. 203 is to house a 600-square-foot retail store and 1,000-square-foot showroom and office. The building has housed only two other tenants in its 100-year-plus existence: a bakery and a leather goods shop. It’s located on the east side of Sixth Avenue, near Minetta Street. Its design will be a nod to the history of the space and will include vintage furnishings and vintage-inspired fixtures.
“Descendant of Thieves is going against the grain in leading a movement to bring back the independent shops of yesteryear and reignite New York City’s retail,” said Matteo Maniatty, creative director and cofounder of the brand. “We chose the 203 Bleecker Street landmarked location because we knew this was exactly where we wanted to be — among other independently owned businesses that give Greenwich Village its unique character.”
The store will showcase a variety of programming including performances, art exhibitions and community events and will also offer 60-minute delivery within New York.
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Books of The Times: ‘Convenience Store Woman’ Casts a Fluorescent Spell

In Sayaka Murata’s small, elegant and deadpan novel, a woman keeps herself at a remove from society while working for many years in a dead-end job at a Smile Mart.
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Manolo Blahnik Adds Heat to London With Men’s Store Opening

MANOLO MADNESS: The temperature was soaring inside London’s Burlington Arcade on Wednesday night, but the guests — not surprisingly — refused to go home. They were there to mark the opening of fashion footwear doyen Manolo Blahnik’s first men’s store, an Edwardian jewel of a space, and they were in a joyous mood.
Blahnik, who was looking cool in a sky-blue suit and artfully undone bow tie with stripes, played host to press, stylists, fellow luxury retailers and industry investors at the Mayfair arcade, which had been closed off for the night.
Evangeline Blahnik, the designer’s sister and an architect of the business, and her daughter Kristina Blahnik, the company’s chief executive officer, mingled in the arcade, which had been lined with flower carts showcasing the men’s shoes and a rainbow of colored paper lanterns ahead of the Pride in London parade on Saturday.
There were do-it-yourself ice cream sundae and cotton candy stalls, while guests drank Pimm’s, Britain’s fruity (but alcoholic) summer drink, and Champagne and dipped into icy buckets filled with oysters. At the entrance, dapper men passed out copies of The Blahnik Chronicles, a newspaper dedicated to the designer and his style.
Features included “The Gospel According to Manolo,” with rules to

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Gabriela Artigas & Company Opens First Retail Store on Melrose Avenue

Gabriela Artigas & Company, the 10-year-old Los Angeles-based jewelry brand that wholesales in more than 70 brick-and-mortar stores globally, has opened its first retail store at 7970 Melrose Avenue, a stone’s throw from Reformation, G-Star, Adidas Originals, Revolve showroom, Fred Segal and Jonathan Adler.
Influenced by their roots in Mexico City, sisters Gabriela and Tere Artigas, who serve and designer and director of sales, respectively, founded the line, which ranges from delicately minimalist earrings to bold architectural necklaces and bracelets, in 2008. The company formerly occupied a studio and private showroom space nearby, but when water damage forced them to move, they found the Melrose space and decided to try retail.

Tere and Gabriela Artigas in the Los Angeles boutique 

“We’ve learned so much about our customer over the last decade that we felt confident enough to present our own space,” said the designer.
The 850-square-foot store is a design collaboration between the Artigas sisters and their friends Tatum Kendrik of Studio Hus; Hillary Taymour of contemporary apparel line Collina Strada; and their brother, Alex Artigas of Artless Corporation, who custom designed the mid-century modern and minimalist-style furniture.
Decorative elements and hardware in the store reference the jewelry itself, from the metals

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Res Ipsa Opens First Store on Nantucket

Res Ipsa has jumped into the retail fray.
The brand known for its brightly colored footwear and accessories, has opened its first store in the downtown retail district of Nantucket, Mass.
Located at 4 South Water Street, the shop sells the complete Res Ipsa collection of slippers, sneakers and chukka boots made from vintage Turkish kilim rugs as well as bags and other small accessories such as wallets and key chains. The store also serves as the launch of the brand’s new carry-on luggage collection.
In addition to Res Ipsa, the store also carries a selection of other complementary brands including L’Egoïste, a French men’s label, OAS, a Swedish brand of men’s and women’s swimwear, towels and terrycloth shirts, candles from New York-based Abbott and beaded jewelry from Dallas-based Billy Baker Co.
Throughout the summer, the store will feature trunk shows from brands including active and golf label Greyson, ribbon belt brand FH Wadsworth and men’s label R. Swiader.
Other retailers that are opening in Nantucket this summer are Southern Tide, Lemon and Line, and The Black Dog Tavern Co., which joins existing brands including Vineyard Vines, Ralph Lauren and Faherty Brand.

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Theory to Open Freestanding Store in Austin, Tex.

THEORY TO HIT AUSTIN: Theory is headed to Texas to open its third freestanding full-price store in the Lone Star state. The boutique will open June 25 in Austin at Domain Northside, which houses such stores as Apple, Restoration Hardware, Nordstrom, Paige, Joie and Warby Parker. The company has full-price stores in Highland Park Village in Dallas and River Oaks in Houston.
The new Austin store, at 11624 Rock Rose Avenue, spans, 3,000 square feet. It was conceived as a flexible space. A series of oak screens and light are suspended from an infrastructural grid, which can be rearranged throughout the year. The malleable design system allows the Theory space to evolve with the brand.
The store will house women’s, men’s and accessories collections. There are currently 225 Theory stores globally.
As reported, Theory has made some major design changes at the company. Beginning with the pre-spring 2019 collections, Theory is being designed by the new women’s wear creative director Francesco Fucci, an alum of The Row.

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The Bachelorette’s Becca Kufrin Reunites With Grocery Store Joe

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Peter Millar Teams With Mahi Gold for Store in Boston Seaport

Peter Millar has tapped Mahi Gold, a Massachusetts-based lifestyle brand and retailer, to open a store in Boston’s Seaport district.
The store at One Seaport marks the brand’s 12th boutique for the brand and offers the Peter Millar Collection, its high-end Crown Sportswear line as well as performance apparel and activewear from the Crown Sport line.
“Over the last few years, we have had a front row seat to the brand’s explosive success. Peter Millar has set the new standard for men’s wear, and we look forward to our partnership with this leader in the lifestyle apparel industry,” said Mahi Gold co-owner, Mike Gorman. The brand has a flagship in Chatham, Mass., that measures 3,600 square feet.
Rebecca Voelkel, co-owner, said the Seaport District “is the most exciting and innovative part of the city and experiencing incredible growth.” The mixed-use project offers 250,000 square feet of shopping, dining and entertainment space in the heart of the city.
Scott Ruerup, president of Peter Millar, believes Boston’s “discerning fashion audience” will be drawn to his brand. “We couldn’t be more excited to open a destination in the Seaport District where we can showcase the exceptional fabrics, sartorial details, and customer service that exemplify our heritage.”
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Steam store school-shooting game ‘appalling’

An anti-gun violence charity calls for a school-shooting video game to be dropped from Steam.
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Suitsupply Opens Store in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Neighorhood

Suitsupply has become a go-to spot for Millennial men seeking fashionable, modern tailored clothing. And so the Amsterdam-based company is moving into one of the neighborhoods where they spend a lot of their time: Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
On Thursday night, Suitsupply threw a party to celebrate the opening of its new store at 57 Wythe Avenue, just steps away from the Brooklyn Brewery and Brooklyn Bowl.
This store joins the company’s units in SoHo, on Madison Avenue and in Brookfield Place in Manhattan, but is its first in a borough.
“We have a huge customer base here,” said Fokke de Jong, founder and chief executive officer of Suitsupply, who was in New York to host the party. “This area is booming and we have a good, solid online business here, so it’s a very logical place for us to open. It’s so cool to make landfall here.”
The store is located in the same building as the William Vale boutique hotel, which has a popular rooftop bar and pool. “At night and on the weekends, people are always strolling around. There are a lot of younger families and young people, so it’s cool for us to make landfall here.”

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Diamond Disruptor Vashi Opens Store in London’s Mayfair Near Bond Street

DOUBLE THE DIAMONDS: Vashi, the diamond jewelry brand that allows customers to design their own rings and other jewels, has planted a flag at 13a Grafton Street in London, not far from rivals such as De Beers, Boodles, Mappin & Webb, Cartier and Tiffany & Co., which are all located on or around Bond Street in Mayfair.
The 1,000-square-foot store is a five-minute walk from Vashi’s Piccadilly flagship and features an on-site jewelry workshop, a diamond-shaped work surface for collaboration with jewelers and client consultation spaces.
It’s smaller than the unit at 46 Piccadilly, which spans 1,500 square feet over two floors, but at a party this week to mark the opening, founder and chief executive officer Vashi Domínguez said the store serves a specific purpose. “Here, we attract the Bond Street customer. There’s not a big customer overlap with the Piccadilly store.”
Such is the diversity of central London shopping that certain neighborhoods, even if they border each other, can attract a different clientele. Piccadilly is more about tourists and locals, while Grafton Street attracts ultra-high-net-worth individuals and big-spending foreigners.
Although the stores’ addresses are different, Vashi’s approach is the same: Domínguez, whose background is in diamond wholesale and retail e-commerce, wants his customers

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Phillip Lim Celebrates Cinco de Mayo, 1st Anniversary of L.A. Concept Store

Phillip Lim celebrated Cinco de Mayo in Los Angeles, where his downtown Arts District concept store also marked its one-year anniversary with the launch of “Global Series: Mexico” in collaboration with artisanal tequila Casa Dragones. The monthlong installment celebrates Mexico’s art and design culture, and kicked off with a party Friday night
featuring performances by local bands Sin Color and The Mexican Standoff.

The 3.1 Phillip Lim concept store in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District 
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“We envisioned this as a space that’s always changing, a place where we could host events for the community,” said Lim. Indeed, while some of the collectible furniture pieces remained the same over the year, others were added or moved to make way for art installations. The clothes and shoes were not the focus but instead a small edit of pieces displayed as one-off installations themselves.
Others were worn by those in attendance, including 3.1 Phillip Lim chief executive officer and cofounder Wen Zhou, models Sami Miro and Chloe Norgaard and actor Jack Falahee. Also in the mix were designers Eddie Borgo and Trina Turk, Barneys New York creative ambassador-at-large Simon Doonan and Magasin owner Josh Peskowitz.

Phillip Lim and guests celebrate Cinco de Mayo in his L.A.

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Manolo Blahnik Furthers Asia Expansion With Singapore Store Opening

LONDON — Manolo Blahnik continues to strengthen its position in Asia with a retail location set to open in Singapore next month.
The store will be located at the Marina Bay Sands shopping mall, which has the largest portfolio of designer boutiques in Asia.
The triple tower complex, one of the biggest attractions in Singapore, also brings together a luxury hotel, casino, museum, restaurants and theaters topped with an infinity pool and a sky park.
“Marina Bay Sands is one of the most recognized places in Singapore. It has been at the forefront of uniquely combining innovative architecture, luxury shopping and leisure, so I am very excited that now Manolo Blahnik will be part of this special concept,” said Kristina Blahnik, the label’s chief executive officer.
The space was created by the architect Nick Leith-Smith, a longtime collaborator of the brand, who approaches each retail project by melding Blahnik’s vision with elements of local architecture, materials and cultural context. The aim is to create unique retail spaces that tell the stories of their locales.
The Marina Bay Sands location, opening its doors to the public on May 16 and spanning 474 square feet, blends traditional and modernist influences to reflect the mix of architectural styles

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Welcome to the New Convenience Store

Once a late-night last resort, mini marts now offer far more than Cheetos and cigarettes. Kombucha on tap, anyone?
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Donna Karan to Open New Urban Zen Store, Restaurant in Hamptons

Donna Karan has had safari on the brain for some time, as evidenced in her latest Urban Zen spring collection that lands in stores this month. While visiting her West Hollywood store, Karan talked excitedly about her upcoming African sojourn, which will be her fourth visit to the continent. But she was also eager to share news of her newest Urban Zen store, opening next month in Sag Harbor, N.Y., which will combine retail with a restaurant run in partnership with her daughter Gaby.
“It’s going to be bigger, and in a new location,” she said of the venture, which will open the week before Memorial Day. She skipped back to her trip, which will take her to Kenya to speak at a private summit with her Urban Zen cofounders; Tanzania; Rwanda, and her favorite African country, Ethiopia.
“It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Definitely my favorite place. You can’t see colors and people like this anywhere else,” she said, scrolling through photos on her iPhone, some of which she took herself on her last trip there, and others taken by her traveling companion Calvin Klein. “Calvin just went crazy there, it was like models at a photo shoot for him,”

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Hogan Debuts AR Experience at New Milan Store

MILAN — Hogan feted the relocation of its Milan flagship on tony shopping street Via Montenapoleone, 5 to coincide with Milan Design Week, running April 17 to 22.
The old space, a few blocks away, is now under renovation to accommodate the Milanese Balenciaga store.
Hogan’s new opening marks the worldwide unveiling of the brand’s augmented reality experience. The AR, which is set to land in other Hogan boutiques by the end of April, mimics the journey of a photographer seeking for inspiration around Milan’s hot spots, along with a group of friends.
The concept, which already rolled out in the Beijing and Shanghai units, was conceived by London-based design studio Checkland Kindleysides and it was inspired by the work of Umberto Boccioni, one of the Italian artists who shaped the local Futurism art movement.
The idea of movement inspired the space set up. As Sergio Azzolari, the brand’s general manager, said, “[This is] an aesthetic code, which is often associated with the brand. Actually, [the new store concept] is also a branding operation,” he explained.

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The 2,152-square-foot unit features wedged display isles, which recall the shape of a running sneaker, while the modular ceiling allows different store

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L.A. Brand Rails Founder Jeff Abrams Speaks About London Store Plans, Plots Accessories and Homewares Expansion

LONDON-BOUND: Los Angeles-based label Rails founder Jeff Abrams says he feels like he’s been in expansion mode since he started his company with upcoming plans to open a store in London and potentially grow his line to include accessories and homewares.
Stocked at Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Trilogy, he recently held a pop-up showcase at Harrods showcasing his full spring 2018 women’s wear range, which was filled with his signature shirts, easy dresses and rompers. Prices ranged from 140 pounds for a shirt to 300 pounds for denim or knitwear.
Launched in 2008, the label is known for its luxe soft button down shirts won by the likes of celebrities including Jessica Alba and Kendall Jenner.
He said there’s a lot of room for growth for his brand in Europe. “We’re always trying to identify places where we have room for growth,” Abrams said. “Even in this market where we’ve been for a couple of years, there’s still so many places where we’re not selling yet. We’re actively growing those markets in Asia, Middle East, South America. There are so many places that we can see customers are visiting us online and buying our product, but we may not have retail distribution and

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Birkenstock Box x Rick Owens Debuts at His Los Angeles Store

Following stops in Berlin with Andreas Murkudis, New York with Barneys New York and Milan with 10 Corso Como, Birkenstock’s mobile, spatial retail concept known as Birkenstock Box lands in Los Angeles today in partnership with Rick Owens through April 21.
“I feel like The Box is a natural extension of my store spilling out onto the street,” said Owens. He’s a fan of the iconic footwear, noting, “I wear them every summer on the Lido beach in Venice.”
The Rick Owens Birkenstock Box, situated outside of Owens’ Los Angeles store on La Brea Avenue, will carry a limited collection of Birkenstock pieces created with Owens, comprising thirteen sandals retailing from $ 325 to $ 525 and three legwear styles priced at $ 100. Owens took the classic Birkenstock styles Arizona, Madrid and Boston and added his own touch by extending the straps almost to the floor and simultaneously extending the holes in the straps. He used army felt, suede, full grain leather and longhair cow fur – all with a full leather footbed lining.
But wait, there’s more. “Rick Owens is unmistakable and beyond fashion – the whole Box interior, architecture and objects were defined by Rick Owens. There is much more

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Christian Siriano to Open Multibrand Retail Store

NEW YORK — Christian Siriano is expanding his fashion universe with a new retail venture, “The Curated NYC.”
The shop, which opens April 18, is located at 5 West 54th Street in a 1918 neo-Renaissance style town house that at one-time housed Fabergé’s headquarters as well as Cary Grant’s office. The two-story store will highlight clothing, shoes and handbags from the Christian Siriano collection, in addition to featured designers Universal Standard (women’s clothing, sizes 10 to 28), David Hart men’s wear, Betto Garcia (hats and accessories), Stephanie Kantis (jewelry), and Irene Lummertz (jewelry).
The rest of the seven-floor building, which Siriano’s staff moved into last week, houses the designer’s atelier, offices, custom and bridal departments.
The retail space spans 1,500 square feet on each floor.
“It’s not massive, but it’s a great space; the architecture is unreal. It really feels like a different world for us,” Siriano said. A previous store on Elizabeth Street in New York, which Siriano had for three years, closed a year and a half ago so the company could focus all its energies on one location.
In explaining the concept behind the multibrand store, Siriano said, “I really wanted to create a mini-department store. If you come in to shop for a

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Encounters: Olympian Gus Kenworthy Runs Into His Celebrity Crush at Store Party

The 26-year-old freestyle skier arrived at the new Nordstrom store in New York with his boyfriend.
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How Woolrich Built a Store for the Future

Woolrich, the American brand based in Pennsylvania that was founded in 1830, has been undergoing some internal changes over the past few years, which Andrea Cane, its creative director, outlined at the beginning of his talk.
In 2016, the company merged with WP Lavori in Corso, Italy, its longtime licensee partner, which controls Woolrich Europe, and after that merger they formed Woolrich International. Late last year, Woolrich sold a minority stake in its overall business to Goldwin Inc., a Tokyo-based manufacturer and seller of technical sportswear, to expand the label internationally. Goldwin has purchased shares from WP Lavori in Corso, Woolrich International’s majority shareholder, and has also committed a “dedicated capital increase,” Cane said.
Woolrich previously operated under three divisions: Woolrich Outdoor, a moderately priced outdoors line; Woolrich John Rich & Bros., the contemporary offering, and a collection of wool textiles and blankets that it creates at its mill in Woolrich, Pa. But now everything is marketed under the Woolrich name.
With Goldwin’s investment, Woolrich has focused on infusing technology into its outerwear and building stores to fit this new ethos.
Cane detailed the stores that have inspired him, which ranged from Supreme because of its consistency and exclusivity to L.L. Bean because of its dedication

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Chad Kessler on Staying Relevant and the Store Experience

“I believe that in order to be successful, you have to lead with great product; a strong brand proposition. You have to have a fantastic experience in your stores and now, of course, in your digital and online channels. And you have to be obsessed with everything about your customers — what he wants, and what’s going to be next for him.”
That’s the key advice on staying relevant from American Eagle Outfitters’ Chad Kessler.
Although Kessler is global brand president for the core American Eagle brand, he also spoke briefly about the new store concepts the retailer has been working on for all of its formats. In addition to American Eagle, it has the intimates concept Aerie; men’s wear designer Todd Snyder, and Tailgate, which sells licensed collegiate products.
Kessler said he loves stores, and told attendees that malls are important to the company’s brands. Further, the company works with landlords to drive traffic. But he also said the company is always looking at other locations, a move to make sure its brands are in the right sites. That’s because the customers haven’t gone away, but maybe the mall may have changed, he explained.
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Corridor Men’s Sportswear Fetes NoLIta Store

Creating a fashion collection is a far cry from working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but that’s the journey Dan Snyder took with his men’s brand, Corridor.
Snyder started his business career as an independent contractor for the government agency but hated the way his suits fit. So he borrowed his aunt’s vintage Kenmore sewing machine and learned how to sew. He started making shirts in his East Village walk-up in New York and decided to take a booth at the Capsule show to test the waters. He wrote orders with 12 independent men’s wear stores from that one rack in 2013 and was on his way.
Today, Corridor, which Snyder refers to as “new American sportswear [that] melds Northeastern prep with New York City’s modern sensibility,” is now carried in 90 stores in the U.S. and internationally including Stag, Unionmade and others that serve a contemporary men’s shopper. The line has also grown to include jackets, pants, shorts, accessories and a small women’s wear component.
And on Thursday, the company will host a party at its store on Mott Street in NoLIta to introduce the brand to press and influencers.
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Hermès Converts N.Y. Men’s Store Into Record Shop

NEW YORK — Hermès has gotten the memo.
The French luxury brand has taken the movement toward experiential retailing to the next level, completely transforming its men’s store here into a vinyl record store for 10 days.
On Thursday night, the Madison Avenue emporium debuted Silk Mix, an art installation centered around music that has already been showcased in Madrid and Rome and now makes its way into the U.S.
“It’s all about silk and music,” said Robert Chavez, chief executive officer of Hermès. The concept was the brainchild of Véronique Nichanian, artistic director of Hermès men’s wear, and Christophe Goineau, creative director of men’s silk. They worked with Thierry Planelle, who has curated music for the company’s men’s shows for the last 15 years, to bring the idea to life.
The main floor was reworked to replicate an old-fashioned record store with bins of albums on display and a bank of turntables to give them a spin. But these albums had an Hermès twist: each of the covers sported a different silk design from the men’s assortment. “There are 225 styles and 53 different patterns,” Chavez said. “And you can pick your favorite and then play it.”

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Sears to Close Last Chicago Store

Sears Holdings Corp. is set to close its last Chicago store in the city where the retailer opened its first store back in February 1925.
The last surviving Sears store in Chicago is located at the area known as “Six Corners,” the intersection of Milwaukee, Cicero and Irving Park Roads.
Howard Riefs, a spokesman for Sears, said the store would close in mid-July, with the Sears Auto Center at the site closing in mid-May. The store site is part of the 265 stores sold to Seritage Growth Properties. Sears has been leasing the store site. The sale agreement allows Seritage to recapture both the store and the auto center.
Riefs said, “The store will remain open for customers in the meantime and will begin its liquidation sale by April 27. The Sears at Six Corners was the shopping district’s anchor business since it first opened to large crowds on Oct. 20, 1938. We have proudly served our members and customers on Chicago’s northwest side for the last eight decades.”
The spokesman emphasized that Sears, for more than 120 years, has called Illinois home and “that is not changing.” He added that while the last Chicago store is closing, that does not change either the

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Karl Lagerfeld to Open First U.S. Store in SoHo Saturday

Karl Lagerfeld is ready to take SoHo by storm.
On Saturday, the Karl Lagerfeld brand will open its first U.S. store at 420 West Broadway in New York, which features a mix of Lagerfeld’s European collection and Karl Lagerfeld Paris, which is a joint venture with G-III Apparel Group.
“The moment seems to be right and the space is great,” Lagerfeld told WWD. He noted that distribution of his signature brand, re-launched in the burgeoning masstige category in 2012, first put down retail roots in Europe and then China. “Our first tests in the U.S. were great.”
Inspired by the designer’s personal home and studio, the 3,230-square-foot store has a sophisticated yet inviting, open feel. Each of the furnishings has an unusual story behind it, from antique mirrors to velvet chairs and luxurious marble finishes to the giant Tokidoki silver cartoon sculpture of Lagerfeld — with a ponytail — holding his famous feline, Choupette. A bespoke carpet has a red border around its edges, similar to the border that the designer draws on all of his sketches. A full-size photograph of Lagerfeld, wearing fingerless gloves and chains, and taking a photo with his camera, greets visitors at the entrance.
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The Last Great Clothing Store

Open since 1938, Boyds fights back against e-commerce and the rise of the Supreme hoodie with extra-personal service and fancy new designer labels.
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Jack Erwin to Open Store on Madison Avenue

J​ack Erwin​, a men’s online footwear brand, will open its first full-service brick-and-mortar store in Manhattan this summer.
The flagship will be located at ​488 Madison Avenue​, between 51st and 52nd Streets, and will carry the brand’s full line of European-made, handcrafted shoes as well as some exclusives.
“Over the past three years, the Tribeca showroom has shown us that many of our customers not only want to try on our shoes for fit and comfort, but also really enjoy seeing the quality of our materials and craftsmanship while engaging with our team in-person,” said co-founder Lane Gerson. “As Jack Erwin grows, it’s important for us to continue nurturing these customers by improving and expanding our retail experience, and with so many new products launching this year, we think now is the perfect time to introduce Jack Erwin Madison.”
Jack Erwin launched in 2013 and sells primarily online, although it is also carried in Nordstrom.

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Stadium Goods to Open Store Inside Nordstrom

Stadium Goods is aligning with another big entity.
LVMH Luxury Ventures recently backed the streetwear and sneaker retailer, which is now partnering with Nordstrom to operate a concept space within its new men’s store, which is slated to open on April 12 at 235 West 57th Street.
“Sneakers are the fastest growing category in men’s footwear and partnering with Stadium Goods punctuates our commitment to showcasing the best and most rare sneakers from the hottest brands that have long sold out elsewhere,” said Kristin Frossmo, executive vice president and general merchandise manager for shoes at Nordstrom. “Sneakers have disrupted fashion and are now being mixed with everyday looks — from desk to dinner. We couldn’t be more excited to be Stadium Goods first retail partner of choice.”
This innovative deal brings after-market sneakers into a retail space that sells brand new shoes. According to John McPheters, who cofounded Stadium Goods with Jed Stiller, this has been in the works for a couple of years, but it wasn’t a difficult sell.
“We’ve spent so much time trying to elevate the after-market experience,” said McPheters. “And we feel like we are getting to a great place to be able to sell our product in Nordstrom. It’s a

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The Tie Bar to Open Philadelphia Store

The Tie Bar continues to expand its retail reach.
The Chicago-based men’s brand, which launched as strictly an online player, will add its fifth brick-and-mortar store in Philadelphia next month.
The store will be located at 1527 Walnut Street in the ground floor of The Beacon apartment building. The 900-square-foot unit is slated to open on April 9 and will join the two Tie Bar stores in Chicago as well as units in New York  and Boston.
“We couldn’t be happier bringing The Tie Bar to Philadelphia, it’s a rapidly growing market for us and offers so much potential to expand our in-person business,” said Allyson Lewis, chief executive officer. “Our existing stores continue to buck the retail trends of late, providing our clientele a unique in-person shopping experience while remaining profitable for the brand. An aggressive retail strategy was essential to our further growth this year and it made perfect sense for that to include Philadelphia.”
The store will offer the brand’s assortment of furnishings and accessories — dress shirts, neckties, bow ties, tie bars, pocket squares, belts, socks, shoelaces. It will also offer the company’s newest product category: dress pants. The pants will be available starting on March 20 and will be sold

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Hermès Unveils Special Project in Roman Store

TRICK OR TREAT: Hermès has unveiled “The Three Magic Tricks,” a project making its debut inside the brand’s Rome store on Via Condotti, which follows the opening of a flagship on Via Bocca di Leone that is now dedicated to special initiatives.
From this week through December, the Via Condotti space will be invaded by installations developed by designer Matali Crasset and art curator Stéphane Corréard, who will pay tribute to three figures who were contemporaries of Hermès founder’s grandson Émile Hermès. They are magician Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin, illusionist Georges Méliès and writer and inventor Raymond Roussel.
Curiosities, magic tricks, light effects and contemporary artworks are mixed with a selection of Hermès products, some of them designed specifically for the Roman store.

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Apple to Store Sensitive Encryption Keys in China

When Apple next week begins shifting the iCloud accounts of its China-based customers to a local partner’s servers, it also will take a step that alarms some privacy specialists: store the encryption keys for those accounts in China.
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When Apple next week begins shifting the iCloud accounts of its China-based customers to a local partner’s servers, it also will take a step that alarms some privacy specialists: store the encryption keys for those accounts in China.
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Hermès Said Opening SoHo Store

It looks like Hermès is headed to SoHo.
The luxury retailer, which already operates four stores in Manhattan, is said to be close to signing a lease at 63 Greene Street between Broome and Spring Streets. The 4,800-square-foot space with 30 feet of frontage facing Greene Street, will not be a full-line store, sources said.
In spring 2019, Hermès also plans to open a three-level, 10,000-square-foot unit at 46-48 Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District. Once the new SoHo and Meatpacking units open, Hermès’ will have six Manhattan stores, an unusual expansion at a time when many other retailers are shuttering stores and downsizing.
Greene Street is considered one of the most sought-after streets in SoHo for luxury retail. Hermès’ neighbors will include Dior, Jimmy Choo, Stella McCartney, Chloé, Etro, Saint Laurent and Brunello Cucinelli.
SoHo along with many other prime retail corridors in Manhattan has seen rents plummet in recent years. The city’s average asking rent in 2017 hit its lowest point in 17 years, while asking rents in SoHo declined by one-third. There have been some hopeful signs in the neighborhood and brokers said deals are getting done, albeit, most retailers are have been averse to signing long leases. Hermès will reportedly lease

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Melissa Shoes Taps Artists Rachel Rossin, Cecilia Salama for Store Installation

Melissa Shoes has mounted two artist installations within its SoHo store.
The Brazilian rubberized shoe company has teamed with Rachel Rossin and Cecilia Salama on special works on display through May.
Rossin’s video piece is played on massive pixelated screens that comprise the Melissa store lobby.
Salama installed an immersive experience inside a petite stand-alone room — surrounding shoppers with her conceptual, visualized play on themes like migration, eco-diversity, femininity and identity politics.
“Melissa presented me a lot of material on their new collection, called Mapping — a lot of it had to do with borders. I managed to relate this to a theme I use a lot in my work, which are butterflies. They possess both power and vulnerability — I started doing a lot of research about their migratory journey and learned they are one of the largest symbols of immigration right now,” the artist explained of her piece, titled “Danaus Plexippus.”
Salama’s work has a souvenir component — the installation offers a butterfly-shaped “seed bomb” to visitors. The tiny objects are inlaid with milk thistle seeds, and when planted, they grow to become a plant enjoyed by butterflies as a source of shelter and food.

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Jennifer Garner Helps Sell Girl Scout Cookies Outside a Grocery Store: ‘We Do Have Thin Mints’

One troop has a secret weapon when it comes to selling boxes of Girl Scout CookiesJennifer Garner!

The actress — who is mom to Violet, 12, Seraphina, 9, and Samuel, 5 — revealed that she spends her weekends like many other parents this time of year, posting a photo of herself pushing the popular cookies outside of a grocery store.

“Why yes, kind sir, we do have Thin Mints,” she captioned a candid snap on Instagram, in which she held a homemade sign advertising the treats. She also added the hashtags “#tistheseason,” “#comeandgetem” and “#whodoesntloveagirlscout.”

In 2016, Garner revealed that she’s a true cookie salesperson at heart during an appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael.

“I’m the one telling the girls, you know, ‘Try to talk about the gluten free because they’re a dollar more.’ Let’s have an upsell!” she said.

The star also shared that she went through “intense” training to become a scout group leader, but when it comes to selling cookies, most buyers aren’t phased by the fact that the celebrity is there.

“Nobody cares,” she said. “I’m just there with the troop.”

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A young California Girl Scout recently made headlines when she posted up shop outside a marijuana dispensary in San Diego, selling more than 300 boxes of the famous cookies in just six hours, Fox 4 reported.

The dispensary, called Urbn Leaf, shared a photo of the Girl Scout posing in front of the dispensary holding a stack of cookie boxes while wearing her uniform and Samoa glasses.

“Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today until 4pm! 🍃🍪 Have a friend that wants to #tagalong? Bring them with – shopping is more fun with friends anyways,” the post said.

The chief communications officer from Girl Scouts of the USA Kelly Parisi told the Los Angeles Times that each region of Girl Scouts has its own guidelines.

“All the money stays in local councils, and they make all decisions on how the cookie program is run,” said Parisi in a statement. “As always, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of the girls we serve. Volunteers and parents are empowered to relocate their booths if conditions change and the location is no longer suitable.”


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Z Supply Enters Retail Fray With Fashion Island Store

Z Supply LLC has opened its first store with plans of growing its retail footprint over time.
The 1,362-square-foot temporary store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach carries the company’s namesake basics brand and is also set to be used to test categories from the line.
The assortment includes the women’s collection in addition to some pieces from the Z Supply men’s line. The company will also sell items from its Zoo Supply line for pets, which launched last year.
The Fashion Island pop-up is scheduled to be open for a period of three to six months.
Z Supply chief operating officer Heidi Muther called the timing right to look at retail, as the company follows the game plans of a number of born-online brands or businesses with traditional wholesale models exploring direct-to-consumer through physical retail in a bid to learn more about their respective consumer bases.
Z Supply, the brand, has seen steady growth since its 2013 launch and is in more than 2,000 stores in the U.S. It’s part of a portfolio of brands created by Z Supply LLC that includes Black Swan, White Crow, Others Follow, Rag Poets, Icons of Culture and Pirate Surf. In total, the company closed 2017 with $ 50

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Rapper Drake buys groceries for entire store

People in Miami enjoyed a rare treat this week as Drake showed off his generosity while in town filming a new music video.
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Amazon’s Cashierless Convenience Store Set to Open

Amazon Go, the online retailer’s cashierless convenience store, is slated to finally open to the public on Monday, after a yearlong delay during which the company trained the store’s algorithms to account properly for customers and their habits.
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Jerome LaMaar Using 9J Store to Relaunch Collection

After taking an 18-month break from showing, Jerome LaMaar will return to New York Fashion Week Feb. 6 at Tumblr’s headquarters. Five years after he started his collection, the designer has spent two years building up his 9J online business and boutique in the Bronx. Through advising other designers, he said he developed a better sense for what to sell in the store, he said. “What I learned in this process was that customers didn’t really care about other brands. When they came to the store, they wanted pieces from me.”
LaMaar is all about figuring out what makes his customers come to the Bronx to shop. Beyoncé and Tina Knowles helped to raise his profile two years ago by wearing his designs and posting their support. Cardi B’s stylist Kollin Carter has pulled pieces from his line, and Carter recently told WWD that LaMaar is on their wish list. “And she’s from the Bronx,” LaMaar said.
Guests at his “very simple” presentation will find the designer’s fragrance, eyewear, bedding, chairs, furniture and unisex men’s wear. The plan is to show buy-now unisex styles that can be purchased immediately. The color palette has also been toned down, with black, ash and dark

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Theory Opens Palm Beach Store at Royal Poinciana Plaza

THEORY’S PALM BEACH PAD: Theory is diving deeper into the South Florida market. The contemporary brand today opened its second freestanding store in Florida at Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach. Spanning 1,300 square feet, the boutique houses women’s, men’s and accessories collections.
The store features a series of arches and natural materials to reflect the region’s colonial architectural heritage. Theory’s other South Florida store is located in Miami’s Design District. The company, which has more than 225 stores globally, declined to give first-year sales projections.
The Royal Poinciana is a land-marked 60-year-old, 180,000-square-foot, open-air setting in Palm Beach, Fla., designed by architect John Volk. Among the tenants are Saint Laurent, Hermès, Kirna Zabête, Haute Yoga, Joey Wölffer, Cremieux, Assouline, Beach 100% Capri, Cynthia Rowley and Palm Beach Grill.

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The Paris Vintage Shoe Store That’s a Resource for Top Designers

PARIS — Situated among orthopedic shoe stores, natural wine bars and bobo restaurants, La Petite Fripe sells vintage footwear to fashion designers and their Parisian muses.
The pocket-sized boutique, located in the 11th arrondissement’s trendier zone, exclusively sells unworn, dead stock vintage shoes. While only open since September, the store has quickly culled a fan base including girl-about-town Clara Cornet, model Louise Follain and actress Pauline Jacquard. It has also become a sourcing ground of inspiration for footwear designers at some of Paris’ leading fashion houses, with designers accounting for half the shop’s sales.
Founded by antique and vintage dealer Lhassan Oubakrim, La Petite Fripe’s shelves have recently housed an assortment of Eighties metallic mule pumps, dandy loafers and embroidered mukluk boots. Shoes are typically priced around 80 euros, with boots hitting the highest price point at about 280 euros.
Here, Oubakrim speaks with WWD on about his store.
WWD: What is your work experience prior to opening this boutique?
Lhassan Oubakrim: I have been a bargain hunter and an antique dealer for years. I love unexpected discoveries and the feeling of finding one amazing piece amongst a mountain of s–t. It is both my work and my passion.
I had another shop before. The first Petite Fripe was on

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Lady Gaga Rides Inside a Shopping Cart at Grocery Store

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Prada’s Milan Store Robbed

MILAN — Prada’s store in Milan’s tony Via della Spiga was robbed overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.
According to Italian media reports, two unidentified thieves broke one of the store’s five windows to steal bags and accessories for an estimated worth of more than 100,000 euros.
Reached for a comment, the company confirmed the theft but didn’t provide further details on the economic damage, both in terms of structure and stolen goods.
According to media reports, Italian authorities have started investigations analyzing the images from the security cameras in the area, which show two people with faces covered by balaclavas and wearing gloves.
This is not the first time Milan’s luxury fashion district has been a target for thieves during this holiday season as reports indicate that two Tom Ford employees and a doorman working for both the American designer brand and for Céline have been accused of stealing branded merchandise.

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Cremieux Opens Second U.S. Store, Creates New Label for Dillard’s

Cremieux has embarked on a dual-pronged growth strategy as it works to increase sales.
The French brand, which got its start in Saint-Tropez in 1976, has opened its second store in the U.S. and has also created a new contemporary men’s brand for Dillard’s, its longtime American retail partner.
On Dec. 1, Cremieux opened an 800-square-foot boutique at the Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach, Fla. This joins the company’s SoHo store on Mercer Street that opened nearly four years ago.
A Florida store has long been on the wish list for Stephane Cremieux, chief executive officer of Cremieux and son of founder Daniel Cremieux. “Ever since the brand was founded, we wanted to open a store in Florida,” he said. “So when this opportunity came up, we took it.”
He said the recently renovated Royal Poinciana center is “a special place” with a curated assortment of luxury brands. “You can’t call it a mall. It’s like being in a summer house with fountains, lots of green and palm trees.” The center is home to 30 stores including Cynthia Rowley, Hermès, Magasin, Orlebar Brown and Serenella.
The design of the Cremieux store is very reminiscent of Saint-Tropez, he said, with photos of the French Riviera and

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U.K. Judge Says Antifur Lobby Can Protest Outside Canada Goose Store

PETA POWER: Attention all Regent Street shoppers: Get out your earmuffs, as PETA plans to protest loudly outside the new Canada Goose flagship in London.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Sunday that a U.K. High Court judge quadrupled the number of protesters allowed within the outer exclusion zone detailed in an injunction obtained by Canada Goose when it opened the store last month.
The judge also ruled that activists should be permitted to use “loud hailers” between 2 and 8 p.m. The new provisions are effective beginning Tuesday, PETA said.
The High Court ruled that the injunction was obtained by Canada Goose without notice, and unreasonably restricted people’s right to freedom of assembly and expression.
PETA said its lawyer Andrew Locke had argued the injunction severely restricted activists’ ability to inform British shoppers, “95 percent of whom oppose the use of fur, about the company’s continued sale of fur from coyotes,” which PETA argues are treated with cruelty.
A Canada Goose spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday.
The Regent Street victory for PETA comes just days after Michael Kors said it would stop using fur as of December 2018. It said the ban would also apply to Jimmy Choo, which Michael Kors Holdings

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Wal-Mart’s New Name: It’s Not Just a Store Anymore

Wal-Mart Stores will shorten its legal name to Walmart, highlighting the company’s shift from traditional stores toward competing online with Amazon.
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Bombay Shirt Co. to Open First U.S. Store

Bombay Shirt Co., an Indian online custom shirt brand, will open its first American store in New York’s SoHo on Wednesday.
The unit, at 223 Mott Street, will offer a variety of men’s custom shirts that will sell for $ 59 and up, with most selling for less than $ 200. Both casual and dress shirts will be offered and fabric choices include Egyptian cottons, linens, denims, flannels and others from India, Italy, Japan, Portugal and Turkey.
The design of the store is minimalistic and contemporary and the unit will have a fit specialist as well as stylists on hand to help walk customers through the process.
“New York City has always been on our radar and was an obvious choice expanding outside India,” said Akshay Narvekar, founder and creative director.
Bombay Shirt Co. was founded in 2012 and operates six stores in India and one in Dubai.

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Tokio Hotel Launches First Fashion Collection at The Store in Berlin

BERLIN — German pop band Tokio Hotel is getting its look together. At least that was the prime motivation behind the creation of the first Tokio Hotel capsule collection, which launched at The Store in Berlin’s Soho House this week. It also is available on the group’s web shop.
Designed by Tokio’s front man and most out-there fashion aficionado Bill Kaulitz, the 12-piece streetwear range not only works on the band’s very different style types but looks primed for a broader fan base in terms of look. And price.
Geared for men but not gender-specific, the range retails from 16 euros to 198 euros. It is composed of a black “Dream Machine” bomber jacket that reverses to bright yellow; black or red crew neck sweatshirts plus a black hoodie; black and white logo T-shirts; logo socks in yellow or red; a knit scarf, headband, and cap.
Sound basic? Yes, but not quite. The shapes have a clean finish and are oversized for contemporary flair, and then there’s the wordplay, band specific and otherwise. The hoodie’s sleeve, for example, features the lyrics of Tokio Hotel hit “Boy Don’t Cry” written in yellow on the sleeve, while the cap shouts “High as F–k.” The black

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Thom Sweeney Opens First Store Outside the U.K. in New York

NEW YORK — Thom Sweeney is making a statement with its first U.S. store.
The London-based brand that got its start as a bespoke maker in 2006, today will take the wraps off a 3,000-square-foot store at 362 West Broadway in SoHo — its first unit outside its home country.
The store stocks the brand’s ready-to-wear — which it started producing in 2013 — and has a large room dedicated to fittings for its signature made-to-measure and custom garments. It also features a special cutting room where a U.K.-based cutter will visit once a month to tend to clients along with a bar and lounge areas to encourage customers to stay a while.
“We think it stands out because there’s nothing else in the area like it,” said Thom Whiddett, who founded the brand with Luke Sweeney.
The two men met while they were both working for British tailor Timothy Everest — Whiddett as an apprentice and Sweeney as the head of the made-to-measure department. They decided to team to create the Thom Sweeney label, setting up shop in a small apartment in Mayfair, where they took private orders.
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Dior Fetes Reopening of Madrid Store

DOUBLE OR NOTHING: Dior celebrated the opening of its renovated and expanded boutique in Madrid with a masked ball on Wednesday attended by Spanish celebrities including Pedro Almodóvar and his muse Rossy de Palma, as well as the young, buzzed-about designer Alejandro Gómez Palomo.
The French fashion house has doubled the surface of the store, located on Calle Ortega y Gasset in the tony Salamanca district. It originally opened in 2002.
The ground floor houses leather goods, accessories, shoes and perfumes alongside a video wall by Yoram Mevorach Oyoram, while the first floor is home to ready-to-wear and homewares. The boutique also boasts a terrace with a garden.
Dior opened its first franchised stores for women and men in the Spanish capital in 1986. It also has boutiques in Barcelona and Marbella, in addition to corners at two Madrid branches of department store chain El Corte Inglés.

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A Bathing Ape to Open Store in Paris

SPACE FOR AN APE: Japanese streetwear label A Bathing Ape is opening a store in central Paris on Dec. 1.
The first French stand-alone store for the brand, which was founded in 1993 by Tomoaki Nagao, known as Nigo, will be on the Rue de la Verrerie, a street that runs parallel to the Rue de Rivoli not far from the capital’s City Hall.
Stretching across 1,500 square feet, the space will bring a futuristic touch — via stainless steel walls and gray marble floors — to a Haussmann-style building facing Paris department store BHV Marais. A Bathing Ape’s owner, I.T, has teamed up with BHV parent company Galeries Lafayette Group for the store.
Artworks by Adam Lister, known for depicting popular paintings with magnified pixels, will decorate the back wall, while mirror and light box ceilings will add dimension to the ceilings.
The Bape store will sell limited-edition items including Eiffel Tower and tricolor motifs in blue, white and red, alongside the brand’s signature ape head and shark designs. Rubber bracelets and tote-bag gifts will be handed out to some shoppers at the grand opening.
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C Magazine Enters Retail With First Store at Westfield Century City

C Magazine will test the retail waters with a 1,000-square-foot pop-up shop at Westfield Century City’s dedicated space beginning Nov. 27. The shop, dubbed “State of Mind Curated by C Magazine,” will run in conjunction with an e-commerce site stocking products selected by the editors to highlight design talent from the Golden State.

A mural by Donald Robertson adorns the C magazine pop-up shop. 
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Designed in collaboration with Martha Mulholland (whose retail projects include the Los Angeles outpost of The Line), the retail space is laid out in the immersive style for which Mulholland has become known, and features a large-scale mural by one of the fashion artist and Los Angeles-based Estée Lauder executive Donald Robertson.
Apparel offerings include Rodarte, Libertine, Greg Lauren, Rosetta Getty, Juan Carlos Obando, Co and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners Elder Statesman and Brock. The accessories span Nick Fouquet hats to Jennifer Meyer and Lisa Eisner jewelry. A skin-care and cosmetics cache comprises cult products by Vintner’s Daughter, Retrouvé, wellness expert Shiva Rose and perfumer Eric Buterbaugh, among others.
As a nod to California’s “work hard, play hard” reputation, lifestyle offerings range from collectible surfboards by Britt Merrick for H. Merrick to bejeweled necklace vaporizer pens from Daniela Villegas

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Retail Lab Recipients for 2018 Revealed as Prabal Gurung Store Opens

Title of Work, Dannijo, Rosetta Getty and Rachel Zoe are the next group of designers who have been chosen for the Retail Lab program from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Cadillac.
The class of 2018 will join Timo Weiland, Cushnie et Ochs, Public School, Tanya Taylor, Pamela Love and Prabal Gurung who each took over the ground floor rotating retail space at Cadillac House at 330 Hudson Street in TriBeCa this year.
Gurung is the final designer to open a store this year and it will remain in operation through the holiday season.
Gurung’s store offers the designer’s latest collection in addition to skin-care products created in partnership with Belif and hand-crafted artisanal products from his home in Nepal. Prominently featured in the store are his statement T-shirts and a range of exclusive sweatshirts from the fall collection that were created in response to the current political climate and to bring attention to women’s rights.
The store also offers pieces from his Stronger in Colour spring line and heart Ts that are exclusive to the Retail Lab and his own e-commerce site. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of those products, which are intended to raise awareness of racial and gender

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Porsche Design Opening New Concept Store in South Coast Plaza

A new Porsche Design concept store — the company’s first in the U.S. — will open at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., on Nov. 15. The unit replaces a store that first opened in the Southern California mall in 1988.
The new store is nearly 1,600 square feet and located in the Carousel Court in the center of the plaza. It is a collaboration with Porsche Cars North America and will feature a rotating collection of Porsche cars that will serve as the centerpiece of the floor. There will also be a 16-x-9-foot video wall.
In addition, the store will offer men’s apparel, timepieces, electronics, luggage, writing tools, fragrances, smoking accessories, leather goods, eyewear and home accessories.
The only other store featuring this concept is in Milan and it opened in February.
“F.A. Porsche founded Porsche Design in 1972, with the design of a racing-inspired chronograph made for Porsche race car drivers,” said Dr. Jan Becker, chief executive officer of The Porsche Design Group. “Now, nearly 30 years after opening the original store, shifting gears and taking our retail concept to the next level with Porsche cars is a logical progression for us.”

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Sogo Department Store Unveils APAC’s Largest Screen

HONG KONG – Department store Sogo has unveiled what it says is Asia Pacific’s largest LED outdoor screen, installed on the facade of its flagship store in Causeway Bay.
Facing Hennessy Road, the screen, called Cvision, began operating on Oct. 27. It measures approximately 19 meters by 72 meters (62 feet by 236 feet)—covering a surface area of more than five full-sized tennis courts. 
“Since its inception in 1985, Sogo Hong Kong, the city’s largest department store, has become an important cultural landmark in Causeway Bay and a must-go retail destination for tourists and citizens alike,” said Alfred Cheng, head of sales & marketing for the company. “The launch of Cvision further cements Hong Kong’s status as a world-class metropolis and demonstrates our relentless push to innovate and adapt in the digital age.” 
Powered by Mitsubishi Electric, the screen produces exceptionally vivid colors with a 50 percent deeper contrast than that of conventional LED screens, parent company Lifestyle International said. Eave-like louvers allow for an 80-degree vertical viewing angle, nearly double that of conventional screens, to maximize street-level visibility.

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The screen’s operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, extended for an extra hour

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WeWork Venture to Buy Lord & Taylor’s Flagship Store

Real-estate startup WeWork has struck a deal to acquire Lord & Taylor’s flagship New York City store for $ 850 million, a move that will convert the landmark building into the startup’s headquarters next year.
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Creatures of Comfort Opens Los Angeles Store in Silver Lake

Creatures​ ​of​ ​Comfort​ ​has returned ​to​ ​Los​ ​Angeles​ ​with​ ​a​ ​new​ ​store​ ​in​ ​the ​Silver​ ​Lake neighborhood. The 800-square-foot space, in the heart of Sunset Junction, is neighbor to The Odells, Mohawk General Store and A.P.C. Creatures’ previous L.A. location, on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, closed at the end of last year.
Creative​ ​director​ ​and​ ​designer​ ​Jade​ ​Lai​, who ​debuted​ ​the​ ​brand’s​ ​first​ ​apparel collection​ ​in the fall of ​2010, used to live on L.A.’s eastside before moving to New York, and said she has an affinity for the neighborhood.
“All of my West Coast friends moved into Silver Lake and the surrounding areas as they got older and so I feel my customer is really here,” she said.
​Lai designed the space ​​with​ ​architect​ ​Felicia Martin,​ ​mixing​ ​high-brow​ ​classics with​ ​a contemporary​ ​aesthetic,​ such as ​satin-brass finishes combined​ ​with​ plywood shelves. Cabinetry​ ​and​ ​furniture​ ​designer​ ​Shinichiro​ ​Okuda​ ​was​ ​brought​ ​in​ ​to re-create​ ​the​ ​off-duty​ ​atmosphere​ ​that​ ​the​ ​brand​ ​represents and there are bright pops of wall-to-wall carpet and ​neutral tones ​t​o ​complement​ ​the​ ​warmth​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wood. ​ ​
Showcasing​ ​daylight​ in order to ​highlight​ ​the​ ​clothes was​ ​an important​ ​factor, so ​immersive​ ​skylights​ ​were added to the existing arched windows of

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Ali & Jay Opens First Permanent Store

PROOF OF CONCEPT: Contemporary brand Ali & Jay has moved forward with permanent retail following last year’s pop-up tests.
The Los Angeles label, which shares a parent with Bailey44 in The Bailey Group, launched last year as an entry-level contemporary dress brand that’s sought to fill the gap between fast-fashion and traditional contemporary pricing.
The 700-square-foot permanent store at Westfield Century City will mirror the pop-up concepts the company tested in Malibu and Santa Monica by carrying third-party brands in addition to its own.
“I think that our pop-up’s journey through L.A. was a fun test for us as an L.A.-based brand to explore different neighborhoods,” said Ali & Jay general manager Melissa Niednagel, who added that Century City reflects a central location for shoppers.
The brand is also evolving from being simply a dress line as a result of its pop-ups where it heard from consumers what they wanted. That led to a broadening of the assortment beyond dresses and into more two-piece sets, jumpsuits and rompers. The company also has launched a graphic T-shirt offering under its own label in line with its evolution.
Niednagel said the T-shirt collection “brings to life the strong, empowered feminist voice that’s driving the spirit of the

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The Tie Bar to Make Madison Avenue Store Permanent

The Tie Bar is putting down permanent stakes in New York.
The Chicago-based men’s accessories brand opened a pop-up shop at 400 Madison Avenue in May that was originally expected to be open for only six months. But the success of the location, which is between 47th and 48th Streets, prompted the brand to make it the company’s first permanent store in the city.
“New York continues to be a rapidly growing market for us, so to maintain a permanent store presence here was a must,” said Allyson Lewis, chief executive officer of The Tie Bar. “Our now family of stores has proven extremely effective for the brand, exposing us to a new regional clientele.”
The brand, which offers neckwear, dress shirts, socks, pocket square, ties bars and other accessories, also has a store in Chicago and recently opened a unit in Boston. Both of those locations also got their start as pop-ups.
According to the company, the brand expects to expand to several other “key markets” in 2018. Specific cities were not disclosed, but a spokesman said The Tie Bar is looking at the East and West Coasts as well as in parts of the South.
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Grace Coddington, Michael Roberts Host Book Signing at London’s Smythson Store

BOOK SIGNING: “There’s a slight familiarity with Gingernutz — she’s me,” said Grace Coddington at the London book signing of “GingerNutz: The Jungle Memoir of a Model Orangutan” on Thursday evening.
Held at the Smythson store on New Bond Street, British designers including Erdem Moralioğlu, E. Tautz owner and creative director Patrick Grant and Stephen Jones were among the guests who turned up to show support.
Coddington recalled the first time she encountered the main character — illustrated by longtime friend Michael Roberts — and thought she was so cute. Roberts had drawn a series of illustrations from the point of view of a baby orangutan and depicted the little ape’s journey navigating the fashion world. Alongside her book, Coddington will also be contributing to the December issue of British Vogue.
“I have already contributed,” Coddington said. “And I can’t wait for it to come out. I’ve only done one and it’s at the early stages. Edward [Enninful] loved it and that’s the main thing. I loved it. I’m very happy with it. It’s a surprise.”
While Coddington, couldn’t divulge too many details, she noted that working with British Vogue’s new editor in chief was a great experience. “We’re friends so we go back

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Why Supreme Opened a Second New York Store

NEW YORK — After more than 20 years of being in business, Supreme’s Manhattan store was beginning to bust at the seams.
The streetwear brand had alleviated the lines and crowds with a new release system — customers no longer need to camp out as they put their name on a list and enter the store during a designated time slot — but demand for the product has continued to increase, which is why the team opted for a 3,000-square-foot store in Brooklyn at 152 Grand Street between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street. On Thursday morning, when the shop opened to the public, Mayor Bill De Blasio commemorated the occasion by cutting the ribbon, which was appropriately covered with the Supreme logo.
“The truth is we maxed out on the Manhattan space. We were at capacity,” said Angelo Baque, Supreme’s former brand director who started his own creative agency but still oversees art direction for the company. “We couldn’t serve any more customers or sell more items.”
The new, larger space follows Supreme’s retail formula: wooden fixtures, sparse merchandising that lines the perimeter of the store, a flat screen playing skate videos in the window and a couple of concrete blocks for seating. The

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Supreme Confirms Brooklyn Store

NEW YORK — Supreme has landed in Brooklyn.
After months of speculation, the company has confirmed that it will open a store on Thursday at 152 Grand Street in Williamsburg.
The cavernous space is sparse, much like Supreme’s other shops, but features skylights and a bowl for skating. This is the brand’s second New York store.
Resellers say rumors of a Brooklyn store have been percolating for a few years because of the crowds Supreme draws at its SoHo store on Thursdays when new product drops, but talks started to dissipate once the company created a drop system that alleviated those crowds on Lafayette Street. Customers now meet in a park the Monday before Thursday drops and put their names on a list. They then receive a number that dictates when they can enter the flagship, eliminating the need for a line.
In July, Louis Vuitton had to cancel its Supreme pop-up on Bond Street because Manhattan’s Community Board No. 2 unanimously denied the proposal, citing Supreme’s tendency to violate New York permit requirements and its lack of a plan to manage the crowds on a quiet, residential street. The collection was never released in New York.
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Brett Johnson to Open Store in New York

Brett Johnson is taking the plunge into retail.
The designer, who launched his eponymous men’s wear collection in 2013, will open his first store in SoHo on Thursday.
The unit at 109 Mercer Street between Prince and Spring Streets, will have 1,600 square feet of selling space and around 1,400 square feet devoted to showrooms and offices. There will be a soft opening this week and a grand-opening party is scheduled for Oct. 12.
Johnson, who was formerly based in Virginia, has relocated to New York to be closer to the business.
“For us, it’s just easier to control everything from out of the store,” he said. “Our clientele is primarily based in New York, so it just made sense.”
Johnson, the son of Black Entertainment Television founders Robert and Sheila Johnson, got his start designing his own interpretation of the Nike Air Force One sneakers and then branched out into apparel. The Brett Johnson line of outerwear, knitwear, woven shirts and trousers are all manufactured in Florence.
The collection has been sold at Neiman Marcus as well as a handful of specialty stores in the U.S. He said the best-selling items are outerwear and knitwear, but the store will also offer made-to-measure, a category that

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Isaia Opens San Francisco Store in Frank Lloyd Wright Building

Italian luxury men’s wear brand Isaia has opened a boutique in San Francisco, its third Stateside, located in the historic Frank Lloyd Wright building at 140 Maiden Lane that was one of the original blueprints for the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Formerly home to the V.C. Morris Gift Shop, the store boasts 7,900 square feet of space, with 4,000 square feet dedicated to retail sales, incorporating a bevy of unique design elements.
“It is all about the space,” said Gianluca Isaia, chief executive officer and third generation of the family-run company. “We kept the integrity of every design feature intact. As an update to the store’s existing beauty, we focused on adding a color-sensitive lighting schematic, sound system and the styling of our product to complete the experience. It was much like restoring a masterful piece of art to its glory and giving it a new personality.”
Taking over a landmarked building was no small task, because none of the original materials could be touched or modified, including the original wall plaster, millwork, trim, flooring railings, bubbled ceilings and, of course, the brick and stone façade. Planning required the interior of the space to be painted the exact color that Wright

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John Hardy Opens Third U.S. Store in Westfield Century City Mall

Balinese jewelry brand John Hardy is set to open its third U.S. store in the newly renovated Westfield Century City mall this month. The 700-square-foot boutique aims to be an immersive retail experience, weaving together scent, sound, light and art in a reimagining of the John Hardy jewelry workshop in Ubud, Bali.
Designed around a hammered silver wall featuring an organic bronze sculpture and three vitrines, the rest of the store beckons clients to navigate the boutique like the island of Bali itself, walking around its natural edges and exploring tactile vignettes. True to founder John Hardy’s creative vision as an artist and environmental sculptor, the boutique walls showcase collections in a gallerylike presentation, encouraging guests to interact with the product.

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“Over the past year, John Hardy has expanded its U.S. presence with its first boutique locations in Houston and New York. Los Angeles was the natural next step, and the relaunch of the new Westfield Century City presented the perfect location and opportunity,” said Robert Hanson, John Hardy chief executive officer. “The new Century City space is designed inspire creativity and connection.”
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Isaia to Open Store in Frank Lloyd Wright House in San Francisco

Isaia will open its first store in San Francisco in a landmarked Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building at 140 Maiden Lane.
The 7,900-square-foot store will have 4,000 square feet of selling space and will open on Sept. 22.
In converting the historic building, the Naples-based luxury brand retained all of Wright’s original features and materials. That includes the wall plaster, millwork, trim, railings, bubbled ceilings, suspended planter, glass entry and the brick and stone facade.
Wright designed the building for the V.C. Morris Gift Shop in 1948. It was used by the architect as a prototype for the circular ramp at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, which he also designed.
“This year marks our 60th year as a brand,” said Gianluca Isaia, chief executive officer and third generation of the men’s wear brand. “It is personally very important to me that we are always pushing to do new things, while paying homage to our heritage. Opening a shop in the landmarked Frank Lloyd Wright building accomplishes just that.”
He added that the company was “honored to have the opportunity to work within such a respected piece of American architecture. We kept the integrity of every design feature intact.”
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Haider Ackermann, Stefano Tonchi Toast Berluti’s Beverly Hills Store

Haider Ackermann and Stefano Tonchi hosted an elegant soirée on Friday night to celebrate the opening of Berluti’s new Beverly Hills store. After cocktails in the boutique, a larger crowd headed up the hill to Eugenio Lopez’s art-filled bachelor pad for more drinks and a passed dinner.
Very few guests seemed to notice that it was Emmy weekend, as it was a more art-oriented crowd that included Alex Israel, China Chow, Alex Dellal, Angelique Soave, Ben Robson, Brandon Thomas Lee, Cameron Silver, Carlos Eric Lopez, Christian Louboutin, Djuna Bel, Elisa Sednaoui, Eric Buterbaugh, Gela Nash-Taylor, Gladys Tamez, Greg Chait, Katherine Ross, Kelly Lynch, Maye Musk, Mitch Glazer, Nicolas Ghesquière, Nicolas Fouquet, Olivier Zahm, Rachel Zoe, Rosson Crow, Samantha Traina, Sasha Grey, Shaun Regen, Shiva Rose, Simon Haas and Wolfgang Puck.
“I try to time our events to the beginning of the weekend when people are more relaxed,” said Tonchi. “If I had my way, W would just have a house in L.A. and a loft in New York. No offices, no overhead, a bunch of freelancers.” With all the recent changes at Condé Nast, perhaps his vision has a chance of becoming a reality.
Ackermann, meanwhile, was enjoying the change of scenery, though

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Marie France Van Damme to Open First U.S. Store in Beverly Hills

Hong Kong-based resortwear designer Marie France Van Damme is set to open her ninth boutique, and first in the U.S., on Sept. 25 in Beverly Hills. Located in the Peninsula hotel, there are two stores side-by-side totaling 464 square feet.
Van Damme, a Canadian national, said she searched for years to find the appropriate home in Beverly Hills, though soaring rents on Rodeo Drive prevented her from going there. She has a store inside the Peninsula Hong Kong, and the new shop aims to mix East and West. It will also serve as a press and celebrity showroom as she seeks to develop ties in Hollywood. Most recently, Eva Longoria wore Marie France Van Damme while on vacation and the brand is favored by celebrities such as Beyoncé, Heidi Klum, Cameron Diaz, Olivia Palermo, Christina Hendricks, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
“Foot traffic is an important factor for my retail locations, and I felt that the constant stream of guests in and out of the Peninsula would provide the right visibility for the brand,” said Van Damme.

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Van Damme has an established retail network internationally that includes stores in London’s Brompton Cross and Singapore’s Takashimaya Shopping Centre, with more

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Noah Opens Store in Tokyo

Noah has landed in Tokyo.
The streetwear brand, which was relaunched in 2015 by Brendon Babenzien, the former creative director of streetwear brand Supreme, has set up shop in Harajuku with the Noah Clubhouse, a 2,500-square-foot boutique that’s designed to mimic a home rather than a store. Babenzien’s wife, Estelle Bailey-Babenzien, designed the space.
“The goal is for it to be a place where people feel like they can do more than just shop,” said Babenzien. “In New York, the store is really like a home away from home for us. We have friends visit us there. I take meetings there, etc. It’s really not just a place to buy things.”
The two-story Clubhouse features a gallery, library, study area, an open-plan living area and kitchen, a men’s salon, a dressing room and an outdoor balcony. It’s decorated with wooden fixtures and artwork from Oliver Jeffers, Curtis Kulig, Henry Leutwyler and more. The artwork in the gallery will change every six months.
According to Babenzien, Noah has never wholesaled in Japan, so this will be the first time customers can purchase something from a store as opposed to Noah’s e-commerce site. The shop will also be stocked with Tracksmith running apparel, Aprix footwear, Taschen books,

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Berluti Opens First Los Angeles Area Store

Berluti’s Parisian world of leather goods has made its way to the Los Angeles market.
The Paris-based maker of shoes, accessories and apparel bowed its first boutique in the Los Angeles area, located in Beverly Hills on Brighton Way. This marks the company’s second stand-alone store in California after South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. The company also has a shop-in-shop store at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco.
“This emblematic Beverly Hills address is an affirmation of our presence in the U.S. and marks the opening of our fifth store in America,” said Berluti chief executive officer Antoine Arnault in a statement. “The innovative new concept pays homage to Los Angeles while remaining faithful to Berluti’s deep traditions in the art of leather and patina.”
The 1,100-square-foot space was designed with herringbone patterned wood floors, gray walls, onyx and lacquered fixtures and touches of bronze.
The Beverly Hills boutique, which held a soft opening this week, exclusively carries Berluti’s Playfield sneaker in natural lizard.
The company, founded in 1895 as a shoemaker, has since gone on to introduce leather goods in 2005 followed by apparel in 2011.
Berluti operates more than 45 stores globally.
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Acne Studios Opens San Francisco Store; West Hollywood to Follow

Acne Studios this week opens its fifth U.S. store and second in California on Geary Street in San Francisco. The 967-square-foot store is a former ice warehouse that has been rebuilt in red brick with architectural elements painted the same shade of red as the Golden Gate Bridge.

Acne Studios’ San Francisco store. 

“I wanted this store to have a special mood both for the location and for San Francisco itself. It is a large and beautiful space, and we have therefore kept the fixtures to a minimum,” said Acne’s cofounder and creative director Jonny Johansson.
The store has a raw industrial feeling, with ceiling-high windows, a poured concrete floor and perimeter walls clad in polycarbonate sheets colored in milky off-white. The sheets stretch floor-to-ceiling and clip together to create the sense of a space within the space.
A long aluminium wall stretches across the entrance, with a single aluminium display rail and a bespoke bench in front of it. Behind this wall, the aluminium fittings, shelves and tables give ample room to stand on their own. The lighting, which hangs from the ceiling in a uniform grid pattern, was specially designed for the store.

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Miranda July’s New Art Project Is An Interfaith Charity Store

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John Varvatos to Open Dallas Store at NorthPark Center

Texas is at the forefront of everyone’s minds right now and that includes John Varvatos.
The designer is still planning to open his 21st store in Dallas on Friday, but due to Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated Houston and other communities in the area, the new store as well as the Houston boutique will be donating 10 percent of their sales to the American Red Cross during the month of September.
The Dallas store, at the NorthPark Center, will be Varvatos’ 28th unit globally. The 2,800-square-foot unit will carry the brand’s full assortment of John Varvatos Collection, Star U.S.A. and Converse x John Varvatos apparel and accessories.
Not surprisingly, the store will have a rock ‘n’ roll theme. The designer has teamed with Rock Paper Photo to showcase a selection of images of rock legends including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan as well as Texas natives Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The storefront features glazed brick and antique-finished zinc metal, the floors are rift and quartered wood and the walls are white brick and walnut. Displays include vintage tables, leather seats, custom benches and oversize mirrors as well as the brand’s signature “Edison Bulb” chandelier with more than 1,300 lights.
Varvatos said,

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Joseph to Open Miami Store in October

Joseph will open its largest international location in the Miami Design District in October.
The 2,500-square-foot store at 119 NE 41st Street, will house the brand’s women’s wear, men’s wear apparel and accessories. Some 75 percent of the store will be devoted to women’s, with the remainder men’s.
Joseph operates over 100 stores globally in the U.K., France, China, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Lebanon, South Korea and Dubai. There are two stores in New York, one on Madison Avenue and the other on Greene Street in SoHo. It is also carried in Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Intermix and other stores in the States.
Like all of the locations, the Miami boutique will blend the brand’s aesthetic with the history of the region. It is being designed in partnership with London-based Sybarite and will reflect the seaside architecture of Miami in the Forties and Fifties. It will also include signature Joseph design details such as shearlings, velvet upholstery and a black-and-white color scheme, velvet upholstery and materials that include marble, concrete, brass and Corian.
According to Louise Trotter, Jospeh’s creative director, “The Miami store opening is an especially important moment for myself and Joseph. Not only will this location be the largest retail space

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COS Opens Downtown L.A. Store, Chicago Up Next

GROWING SCENE: COS is set to open the doors to its 5,511-square-foot store in downtown Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.
The space, located within the 90-year-old Olympic Theatre building, places it roughly a block away from the Broadway and Ninth Street corridor that a cluster of retailers — including Mykita, Tanner Goods, Aesop, BNKR, Acne and A.P.C. — call home.
COS partnered with The Gentlewoman, the British magazine, on a map available in-store pointing out Los Angeles landmarks. Among the stops are the building where the new COS store sits along with the Eames House, Frank Gehry’s residence and Walt Disney Concert Hall.
In late 2015 the minimalist retailer, part of H&M Group, tested the downtown market with a pop-up shop designed in collaboration with design firm Snarkitecture.
“L.A. has always been a city of huge importance to the COS brand and the architecture, art and design scene here are all points of inspiration to our creative team,” said COS managing director Marie Honda. “We are very happy with the brand’s growth in the U.S. and look forward to introducing more stores into the market in 2018.”
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Dolls Kill Readies for First Store in Haight District

TESTING, TESTING: Dolls Kill on Saturday makes the leap into the physical world for the first time with a temporary shop in San Francisco’s Haight District.
The 1,100-square-foot store, located at 1475 Haight Street, kicks off with a collection the company’s calling “In Dust We Trust.” The offering consists of futuristic platform boots, catsuits and furry tops and jackets. The store will continue to roll out the fall collection in addition to having a broad footwear assortment. It’s expected to be stocked with costume and party wear closer to the store’s planned closing after Halloween.
Dolls Kill, based in San Francisco, has carved a niche for itself in online retailing since its launch in 2011 building a business it says is “for the misfits and miss legits” and an Instagram following of 1.3 million. Its multibrand online boutique carries its own line along with that of others such as Obey, The Ragged Priest, Petals and Peacocks, For Love & Lemons, Wildfox, Dr. Martens and Lazy Oaf. The company’s managed to resonate across a broad spectrum of subcultures in what could generally be defined as an antiestablishment sort of ethos with what it calls its dolls. Each doll’s personality aims to click with

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Ivanka Trump Is Opening A New Store In Trump Tower, For Obvious Reasons

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IVANKA READY FOR FALL: The Ivanka Trump brand will be opening a boutique in Trump Tower this fall, according to sources.
As for whether the label’s full selection — dresses, sportswear, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories — will be available remains to be seen. A spokeswoman for the company declined comment Friday about any specifics regarding square footage, the actual launch date and whether company president Abigail Klem is concerned that the store may appear to some to be a conflict of interest even though Ivanka has stepped away from the company.
Prior to her father’s inauguaration in January, Trump announced that she would give up her role running her fashion brand as well as her post as executive vice president of acquisitions and development at the Trump Organization. Her stepping back followed the appointment of her husband Jared Kushner in as a senior adviser to the Trump administration. At that time, her husband’s attorney Jamie S. Gorelick said in a statement issued to Vanity Fair that Trump would also “sell all of her common stock and restructure her participation in Trump Organization transactions so that she no longer benefits from the profits.”
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Jackie Rogers to Open Men’s Store

Jackie Rogers is going back into men’s retail.
The muse of Coco Chanel who has also been a big-band singer, Hollywood starlet, New York model and designer over the course of her storied career, relaunched a men’s line earlier this year and has experienced enough success to devote an entire space to it.
Rogers, 85, who has a women’s store on the tony Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Fla., took over the former jewelry store next door last fall in hopes of opening an art gallery. But those plans never came to fruition so she decided to convert the 600-square-foot space into a men’s store. She will offer a small assortment of jackets, shirts and some accessories, she said.
The space, which is connected to her women’s store, will debut by Oct. 15 and there will be a grand opening later that month or in November, “when the people are there,” she said. It will carry a ready-to-wear collection but will also offer made-to-measure. Shirts will retail for $ 300 to $ 600 and jackets for $ 895 to $ 3,000. The less-expensive models will be unconstructed, she said, but they will also sport the Jackie Rogers signature silhouette: a narrow shoulder, higher armhole and no vents.

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MZ Wallace Hosts Event at SoHo Store With Reiki Sessions From Mark Connolly

THE HEALER IS IN: Giving the wellness trend another dimension, guests at MZ Wallace’s SoHo store in Manhattan on Tuesday night were encouraged to realign their energy. While some shoppers milled around, trying on the small Camo Metro totes, Thompson Satchels and other bags from the collection, 40 tried out a little reiki. The event’s resident reiki practioner Mark Connolly was a familiar face to several in the room. “This is my coming out as a healer,” Connolly said.
Four years after exiting Condé Nast Traveler as style director, Connolly has built a loyal following as a reiki practitioner and intuitive counselor. Lucy Wallace Eustice, who started MZ Wallace with Monica Zwirner in 2000, was in the mix. For an added punch Tuesday night, Connolly gave guests a sampling of energy balancing with the ancient art of aromatherapy, such as Victorian Hedgerow. “It reminds me of walking through an enchanted old English country garden after a summer rainfall, and everything smells of damp earth and moss with that sweet, pungent country flower smell. That one is [meant to be] very soothing, calming and uplifting,” he said. Blending different essences and oils, Connolly said he would suddenly get a whiff of Angkor

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Peter Millar, Andrisen Morton to Open Store at Broadmoor

Peter Millar is partnering with Andrisen Morton, the high-end Denver men’s wear store, to open a boutique at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs this fall.
When the shop opens in September, it will mark the second collaboration between the two companies.
The Peter Millar store will become part of an upscale collection of shops at the Broadmoor. It will feature a walnut interior accented by burnished brass and will carry the brand’s tailored clothing, soft sport coats, sportswear and performance apparel.
“The Broadmoor provides the highest level of service in every experience for their visitors, from their accommodations and services to their activities,” said Scott Ruerup, president of Peter Millar. “We are proud to open a new store at their resort with Andrisen Morton, who also share those values of service and quality that they have shown throughout their history.”
Craig Andrisen, co-owner of Andrisen Morton with Dave Morton, said: “We have witnessed the brand continue to evolve with us and our customers since we began carrying the line in our own shop and are excited to introduce [it] to visitors from across the country at The Broadmoor.”
The store will be Peter Millar’s 11th in the U.S. and its second in Colorado. The other

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L.A. Brand Chaser Expands With East Hampton Store

STAY A WHILE: Los Angeles contemporary line Chaser has made its way to the East Coast with a second store.
The brand — known for its extra soft, vintage-inspired rock T-shirts across men, women and kids — now sits on both coasts with the opening of its store on Main Street in East Hampton, N.Y.
“The Hamptons is one of the most gorgeous places in the whole of America. We felt it represented what the brand is about,” said owner and founder Hadi Salem. “East Hampton, for us, it felt like it was the right demographic for the brand and we thought we could do business there. In a world where not many people are opening stores, we thought, ‘OK, let’s take a chance.’”
Chaser, seen as embodying an effortless chic that has come to define many of the brands coming out of the Los Angeles area, is sold in about 800 U.S. boutiques and department stores, including Ron Robinson, Fred Segal, American Rag, Revolve, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. What has set Chaser apart is its rock ‘n’ roll edge with tanks and deconstructed T-shirts featuring the Dead Kennedys, The Who and AC/DC.
Chaser has a lease on the East Hampton door, totaling about 1,400

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Berlin Concept Store Retailer Andreas Murkudis Staging Third Auction

PHOTO OP: Berlin’s top concept-shop man and the earlier curator of the city’s Museum of Things, Andreas Murkudis has lately turned auctioneer. To celebrate the relaunch of Andreasmurkudis.com, which will turn into an online shop come September, as well as his playful new logo designed by Norwegian artist Olav Christopher Jenssen, Murkudis delved into his personal archives for a selection of design and fashion related items not usually to be found for sale.
“I don’t particularly like online shops, but then I thought we could do this ironically and sell stuff you couldn’t normally buy,” the retailer explained. Such as fashion show invites like Jean Paul Gaultier’s oversize Adam & Eve fold-out from 1991, or an issue of Comme des Garçons Six magazine from 1990 — rare mementos from a time when only a very limited crowd had access to fashion’s  goings-on. More about sharing than spring cleaning, he said the purpose of the auctions is “to animate old objects with new stories” for a new generation.
Two auctions later, Murkudis is now gearing up for his third, which will start June 16 and end July 9 at 6 p.m. CET. In his view, Auction III is “the most important.” While beautiful books

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Ministry of Tomorrow Launches Vegan Lifestyle Magazine, Plans Pop-up Shops and Los Angeles Store

GREENER FIELDS: Keeping true to its eco-minded approach to fashion, Ministry of Tomorrow has launched a vegan lifestyle magazine called MOT Mag.
Looking to empower staffers and enlighten consumers has been the Los Angeles company’s goal from its inception, according to president and founder Julian Prolman. The content-rich read features articles such as a Vivienne Westwood profile, Pharrell Williams’ inspiration for sustainable fashion, and a piece about the digital deterioration of natural feminine beauty. MOT has created a base of 20 freelance writers and there are plans to add guest contributors who are thought leaders and social commentators, Prolman said. “We decided on publishing the magazine now in order to grow our brand in a more engaging way that builds a community and creates meaningful relationships with our target audience, as opposed to relating to them only on a transactional basis.”
Topics are chosen in different categories, based on how well they align with MOT’s brand values — sustainability, compassion and higher consciousness. Started in 2011, the company’s flagship project is in Nairobi, Kenya just outside of one of Africa’s largest slums, Kibera, where a facility has been built to sponsor professional artisan tailors. They create MOT’s bags for women and men

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Thousands of AT&T Inc. employees walked off the job Friday afternoon, starting a three-day protest to demand more protections for retail workers, call-center staffers and technicians.
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Bergdorf’s Men’s Store Ups Its Street Cred

NEW YORK — Bergdorf Goodman is going street.
Over the past two years the upscale retailer has increasingly been partnering with some of the more trend-setting streetwear labels on special capsules and in-store events to update the mix on the third floor of its Goodman’s men’s store.
Brands from John Elliott and Kith to Off-White and NikeLab have worked with the retailer on special installations, and the latest one will hit today when Kith’s second capsule for the store is delivered.
Exclusives are nothing new for retailers. Merchants are constantly negotiating with vendors for something unique they can offer their customers that also differentiates them from their competitors.
But in the past few years Bergdorf Goodman has pushed the envelope, aligning with hot brands that have generally eschewed traditional retail. The result has been a win-win for both.
“When we joined three years ago, we examined the third floor and where we saw fashion moving,” said Bruce Pask, Bergdorf’s men’s fashion director. “Then we set a direction to put designers in place to address that.”
So together with Melissa Lowenkron, senior vice president of men’s, women’s footwear, handbags and beauty, the store worked initially with John Elliott, who was the first of the new breed of men’s designers to create

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Chanel Apologizes to Gabourey Sidibe After Actress Says She May Have Been Racially Profiled at Store

Gabourey Sidibe, 48th NAACP Image AwardsA rep for the House of Chanel says the company is sorry Gabourey Sidibe “felt unwelcome and offended” at one of its stores.
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Supreme Said To Be Opening Brooklyn Store

Supreme is said to be opening its second New York location in Brooklyn.
According to the @supreme__hustle Instagram account, which is dedicated to all things Supreme, the streetwear brand will open a store in Williamsburg and a real estate source said Supreme had been eyeing a 3,000-square-foot space on Grand Street.
Resellers say rumors of a Brooklyn store have been percolating for a couple years because of the crowds Supreme draws at its SoHo store on Thursdays when new product drops. In 2014 the New York Police Department temporarily shut down the location due to safety concerns surrounding the release of the Supreme Nike Air Foamposite sneakers. The NYPD recently closed Palace, a streetwear brand based in London, due to unruly customers during its store opening.
Andre Arias, who resells Supreme, said talks of a Brooklyn store started to dissipate once the company created a new drop system that alleviated crowds on Lafayette Street. Arias said customers now meet in a park the Monday before Thursday drops and put their names on a list. They then receive a number that dictates when they can enter the flagship, thus eliminating the need for a line.
Despite its overzealous fans, Supreme has maintained a relatively small retail

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Lardini Opens First Store in Japan

MILAN — Lardini’s first store in Japan has opened in Tokyo’s Marunouchi shopping district.
The unit covers 1,080 square feet and is marked by an almost entirely transparent facade with an expansive door that allows a view into the interior. Garments are displayed behind two glass windows between natural-stone cubes and smokescreens in woven glass.
 

The Lardini store in Tokyo. 
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The brand, which was launched in 1993, is no stranger to Japan — one of its biggest markets, and where it is already widely distributed via an extensive network of multibrand shops and department stores.
This is the sixth unit for the Italian brand, following three in Seoul, Busan and Daegu, South Korea; one in Xi’an in China, and one on Milan’s Via Gesù.
In Tokyo, the venue includes a Gabriele Pasini shop within a shop. The brand is also owned by the company, which is controlled by the Lardini family.
A parquet floor in natural oak was installed in a herringbone pattern which evokes the flooring of old villas and the walls are clad in ribbed oak paneling. The changing rooms have been fully carpeted in soft taupe. A large contemporary chandelier contrasts with the dark-gray ceiling.
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Palace Opens First U.S. Store

In the middle of Palace’s new New York flagship there’s a bronze cherub-like sculpture holding a “P” and urinating into a P-shaped pool of water. On its Instagram account, Palace, a popular streetwear brand based in London, identified the structure as a fountain of youth and a temple of pea pea.
This type of humor is intrinsic to Palace Skateboards, which was founded by Lev Tanju in 2014, and the fountain is Instagram bait for the young crowd — people started to gather at 49 Howard Street on Thursday afternoon in anticipation of the store opening on Friday morning.

Company officials declined to comment about the store and its entry into the American market.
About an hour before the shop opened at 11 a.m., things were civilized and a sizable line of shoppers snaked down Mercer Street — at one point the crowd erupted in excitement when YouTube star Casey Neistat skateboarded down the block. Then the store opened and disorder ensued, so much so that the New York City Police Department had to close down the shop and turn away customers.
“Palaceskateboards should have had a system in place for something like this. [It] could have taken people’s names down or something. [I] waited in the

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Palace to Open New York Store

Palace is making its way to New York.
The skate brand, which is headquartered in London, took to Instagram to post a cryptic video earlier this week with the date “5.5.17” spinning against a city backdrop. And today the brand confirmed it would open in New York with another Instagram video featuring Jonah Hill, a Chihuahua, a robot and a dancing Palace logo.
Palace was founded by former skater Lev Tanju in 2009. Tanju opened a London shop in 2015 and he’s created a strong following with his graphic logo and collaborations with brands including Adidas and Reebok.

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Jenny Slate, Ted Danson Celebrate Bird Brooklyn’s First West Coast Store at Platform L.A.

Bird Brooklyn has finally flown the New York coop and landed in Los Angeles. The cult favorite designer boutique, which has four locations in Brooklyn, has opened its first store outside of New York at Platform, Runyon Group’s edgy new retail development in Los Angeles’ Culver City.
The 5,000-square-foot space, one of the largest in the complex, features loft-like ceilings, large plate-glass windows and blonde wood walls and shelves.
“I get to be sort of like an anchor in an exciting new development, which is so cool,” said Bird owner and founder Jen Mankins. “I never would have said yes to being in a ‘retail development’ because it sounds like you’re in a mall, but Runyon reached out to me and once I saw what it was all about, I was, like, ‘I’m in.’”
Bird joins other high-end brands such as Magasin, Janessa Leone, Freda Salvador, Aesop, Poketo, Linda Farrow and Velvet by Graham & Spencer. Among its current pop-ups are Catbird, Pop & Suki and Salt Surf, with Prism and Garmentory coming soon, and it is the creative headquarters for SoulCycle, Criteo and Technicolor.
Among the guests at the opening party were actors Jenny Slate, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson; singer Agnes Badoo;

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Daniel W. Fletcher Launches Pop-up Store at Liberty London

IN WITH THE NEW: Up-and-coming men’s wear designer Daniel W. Fletcher has secured Liberty London as his first stockist in the U.K.
The young designer has partnered with Liberty on a three-week pop-up store, which aims to introduce Fletcher’s aesthetic to the Liberty customer and give the brand more visibility. The retailer will then go on to stock Fletcher’s fall range as part of its men’s wear department.
“I have been talking to Liberty for a while now but we waited until we could launch something properly. I didn’t want it to get lost on a rail at the back of a store. This is my first stockist in London, which is the home of the brand, so I wanted to mark that moment properly,” said the designer, adding that he was drawn to the retailer’s distinctly British identity, which is in line with the references to English heritage often used in his collections.
The young designer, known for his politically minded collections — his first show was staged as a flash protest against Brexit — has so far been sold at Opening Ceremony in the U.S. and on the brand’s own e-commerce platform. He said that he hopes the partnership with Liberty will expose

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Round Two to Open New York Store

Round Two is bringing its popular retail concept to New York.
The secondhand store, which allows customers to buy, sell and trade vintage along with modern apparel — consider it the Beacon’s Closet of streetwear — will open in Manhattan this summer. This comes after a successful pop-up held late last year at Procell, a vintage store on the Lower East Side.
Co-owners Sean Wotherspoon, Chris Russow and Luke Fracher have yet to lock down a location, but customers can expect the same lively atmosphere they’ve cultivated at their Los Angeles shop on Melrose. Shoppers regularly line up outside of the store, which is stocked with Nike sneakers, pieces from Supreme, band T-shirts and vintage items from Guess, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.
“People are drawn to the pace of the store,” said Justin Esposito, Round Two’s creative marketing director. “Every single day there’s new inventory. People are always coming in to resell us stuff.”
Wotherspoon, Russow and Fracher opened their first Round Two location in Richmond in 2013 and in 2015 introduced the Los Angeles location, which is frequented by celebrities and influencers including Kendall Jenner, Migos, DJ Khaled and Lil Yachty. They recently opened The Gallery, a by appointment only space that

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Chrome Hearts Opens Second New York City Store in the West Village

CHROME FINISHES: Twenty-one years after Chrome Hearts opened its first New York store on the Upper East Side, the Los Angeles brand has found a more spacious downtown one.
While its three-story Upper East Side townhouse is now a Madison Avenue fixture, the West Village location is a new attraction in a neighborhood where a flurry of specialty stores have exited in recent weeks. The 16,000-square-foot location offers an assortment of customized furniture, pairing ebony wood with metal and leather. Visitors will find a spiral staircase to a showroom that spotlights the various lifestyles to which Chrome Hearts caters. From custom garage aspects to a sports corner, there will also be Baccarat chandeliers and a Chrome Hearts-adorned chef’s kitchen.
Chrome Hearts executives plan to make the space ever-changing. For the opening, executives decided on a bean bag chair room, a 14-seat dinner table, a 13-foot stuffed leather dinosaur with sterling spikes and a 150-pound chainmaille American flag with pavé diamonds and engraved with the Pledge of Allegiance. Shoppers will also find the company’s more classic items and accessories.
A select assortment of Bella Hadid’s capsule collection with Chrome Hearts, which was previewed at the Chrome Hearts store in Paris last month, can be found

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Harleys Men’s Store Sold to Haberdasher Owner

Tim Ryan has found his white knight.
The owner of Harleys, a men’s specialty store in Shorewood, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee, has sold the business to a fellow retailer from Green Bay, Wis.
On Monday, Ryan said he has completed the asset purchase for an undisclosed sum to Dan Wickman of Haberdasher Ltd. that will keep Harleys and its staff in business.
In January, Ryan, 69, kicked off a retirement sale as he sought to find a new owner for the business. The decision to sell came after being diagnosed nearly three years ago with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a rare protein-deficiency disease that affects the lungs.
He had planned to retire at 70 but decided to “accelerate the process.”
Whitman, a Green Bay native, approached Ryan and started a conversation to ensure that the business “would be a good fit,” he said. “I knew Tim was getting out of the business and Harleys is a staple in Milwaukee, so it just made sense.”
This is a similar story to the one that got him into the retail business three years ago when Haberdasher’s owner was also looking to retire and seeking an exit strategy. Wickman said his family had shopped at the store for decades and

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Philipp Plein to Boost Store Experience in Milan

Philipp Plein is ready to take off.
The label is planning to enhance its store experience by implementing a series of activities in its Milanese men’s flagship, located in the city’s central Corso Venezia.
Opened last January during Men’s Fashion Week, the 7,319-square-foot unit showcases Philipp Plein and Plein Sport ready-to-wear and accessories collections. Distributed on three floors, the store also features the Air Force Plein Bar, a private jet themed bar conceived by Milanese interior design firm CLS.

The Air Force Plein Bar in Milan. 
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The company has decided to boost this area hosting a series of exclusive parties with selected guest lists, once a month. Each party will be themed according to a different destination, which will be unveiled on location through footage broadcasted by airplane window-shaped screens.

The Air Force Plein Bar in Milan. 
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Held on March 30, the first party had Miami as its destination. Italian bloggers and press gathered in a relaxed atmosphere, sipping Philipp Plein-labeled Champagne and having caviar canapés served by hostesses in customized uniforms, while a pilot-DJ provided the soundtrack of the evening.
The next parties are scheduled to run the last Thursday of each month, but the respective guest lists have not been disclosed yet.
In addition to the

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Amazon Delays Opening of Cashierless Store to Work Out Kinks

Amazon.com is delaying the public opening of its first cashierless convenience store because of technical complications.
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Armed Robbers Raid Cartier Store in Monte Carlo

DAYLIGHT ROBBERY: French police are hunting for two suspects following a dramatic heist at a Cartier jewelry store on Monte Carlo’s Casino Square on Saturday afternoon.
According to a statement from the Monaco prosecutor’s office, three masked men carrying at least one firearm robbed the store at gunpoint at 3:40 p.m. They allegedly made off with a haul of jewelry, with the details on the items and their value yet to be confirmed. One of the suspects was arrested, and a weapon recovered, but the two others managed to escape. No others were harmed in the incident, with no hostages taken.
Shoppers took refuge in stores and cafés during the dramatic intervention after police cordoned off the area around the square in the center of the Mediterranean principality, according to local reports.
Cartier wasn’t immediately available for comment.
The news is bound to make Cannes officials and organizers of the upcoming Cannes Film Festival a little jittery, given the string of jewelry robberies to hit the Riviera city in recent years. Nicole Kidman, Isabelle Huppert, and Julianne Moore are among actresses expected to attend the red-carpet event, which will take place from May 17 to 28.
Just two months ago, an armed robber reportedly escaped on foot

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Haggar Sees Growth From E-commerce as Department Store Business Slows

Haggar is having a moment.
The Dallas-based brand, which celebrated its 90th anniversary last year, had both the best-selling non-denim casual pant and dress pant at U.S. department stores and national chains in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the NPD Group.
But for Michael Stitt, chief executive officer, there’s more growth to be had, particularly online.
Haggar just relaunched its web site, which is the fastest-growing portion of the business, with improved functionality that is intended to enhance the shopping experience.
“Online sales on Haggar.com grew by 28 percent last year,” Stitt said. “Our digital team spent the last eight months developing, testing and perfecting our new platform. Our new site offers the most extensive selection of Haggar pants and suit separates in an easy to navigate environment.”
The site includes a new pant finder that asks consumers a number of questions to help identify the right style pant. It also offers a reorder function for the first time.
Haggar hired a chief digital officer, Eve Richey, two years ago and the company is investing in direct-to-consumer capabilities, including spending $ 5 million to modernize its distribution center, Stitt said.
Although online is seen as a major growth area, mid-tier department stores still represent 75 percent of

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Machine-A’s Stavros Karelis on Curating His Indie Concept Store

LONDON — Stavros Karelis likes nothing better than going where few fashion retailers have gone before — and taking a risk on emerging talent for his independent multilabel concept boutique Machine-A, in London’s Soho. The shop, at 13 Brewer Street, spans 700 square feet and stocks men’s and women’s wear brands ranging from Gosha Rubchinskiy, Cottweiler and Expert Horror to Chalayan, Raf Simons and Mugler.
While many retailers tend to be risk-averse, favoring labels with a well-established customer base, Karelis said he is speaking to a customer who is “willing to spend on a lot of the unknown brands and young, emerging designers. They want to collect them from the beginning and grow with them, because ultimately they will become the future of fashion. It’s great to be able to buy those collections from the beginning.”
Karelis, cofounder and buying director, launched Machine-A in 2013 with Anna Trevelyan, the store’s fashion director.
“In retail you always have the challenge on how you remain at the frontline,” said Karelis. “And how you remain is to always push the boundaries and offer to your customers the best possible merchandising — with the best possible pricing. I think in that sense we have tried to represent and

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Thom Browne to Open Store in Milan

 MILAN FOR BROWNE: Thom Browne continue to expand in Europe with the opening of a store in Milan.
A sign with the brand’s logo has appeared on a retail space in Via Gesù, dubbed the Via dell’Uomo, or men’s street, near the Four Seasons Hotel. The street is home to brands ranging from Caruso and Rubinacci to Brioni and Stefano Ricci, to name a few.
Details about the store were not available at press time.
Thom Browne, as reported in January, has set its sights on a shop in London, its first in Europe, which will be located in Mayfair on Albemarle Street.
The opening of the London store is the first major expansion move by the company since Sandbridge Capital acquired a majority stake in Thom Browne last May from Japan’s Stripe International. Stripe retains a minority stake. Sandbridge’s other investments include stakes in Derek Lam, Tamara Mellon, Farfetch, Rossignol, Topshop and Karl Lagerfeld.
The New York-based designer, who was awarded the CFDA men’s wear designer award last year, launched his men’s business in 2001, and has become known as one of the most directional designers in American fashion in both men’s and women’s wear. Browne shows his men’s collections in Paris and his women’s in New York. He also

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Mitchell & Ness Revamps Apparel Section at NBA Store

The Mitchell & Ness apparel section at the NBA Store in New York has a new look.
The Philadelphia-based company has updated its Hardwood Classics department to mimic a locker room. Previously, the aesthetic was more in line with the rest of the NBA store, but now it features  lockers, custom-made walnut fixtures and two glass-encased displays that highlight the latest headwear and apparel. The section is stocked with jerseys, dad hats, snapbacks, warm-up jackets and shooting shirts.
To celebrate the launch, Mitchell & Ness has rereleased former NBA player Allen Iverson’s black NBA Finals jersey from 2001, which comes with an Iverson x Enterbay figurine. Iverson will appear at an in-store event today.
According to Adam Herstig, vice president of marketing at Mitchell & Ness, the brand hopes to partner directly with more NBA players. Other plans for 2017 include focusing on premium jerseys, collaborating with brands and doing more activations. During the NBA All Star Weekend in New Orleans last month, the brand operated a pop-up shop featuring Lids, Reebok and Sneaker Politics.
The 25,000-square-foot NBA store opened in late 2015 and is operated by Fanatics, which sells licensed sports items and memorabilia and has operated the NBA’s e-commerce site for close to

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Rodd & Gunn to Open Store in Brooklyn

Rodd & Gunn, a New Zealand-based men’s wear brand, will open its second U.S. store in New York City in March.
The 3,200-square-foot store at 81 Front Street in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn joins a flagship that opened in Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif., in October.
Rodd & Gunn operates 85 stores in New Zealand and Australia, but entered the American market as a wholesaler.
Asked why the brand chose Brooklyn instead of Manhattan for its East Coast debut, Mike Beagley, chief executive officer, said, “We weren’t really looking at opening on the East Coast, but this opportunity came up and we thought it was a great way of commencing in New York quickly. It is an amazing building in an iconic location that we believe is an emerging retail and lifestyle area of Brooklyn – incredibly high average household income and literally a stone’s throw from Wall Street.”
He said the California store has performed “exceptionally well and we are really happy in how the Newport Beach community has embraced us. We are trading well above plan and selling all of our categories from hand-made in New Zealand luggage to outerwear and footwear.”
Beagley said the plan calls for opening eight to 10

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