Bottega Veneta Heads To Melrose Place
The PPR-owned company, Bottega Veneta, which already has gender-specific, furniture-only and leather-goods-focused boutiques among its 180 stores worldwide, will add a home-focused location to the mix with the debut of a 2,700-square-foot concept store at 8455 Melrose Place. A former interiors store that sits next to Carolina Herrera and across the street from Chloé and Oscar de la Renta, the freestanding ivy-covered cottage with large windows and a courtyard is one of the oldest structures on the tree-lined street. The concept will be home-focused, but not furniture-only like the five stores in Asia. “There will be a very strong representation of home but that doesn’t mean that Melrose won’t have an edited group of bags that work with the whole idea, or that coat or typical Bottega dress as well. We’ve learned over the past 12 years that the customer for a handbag can be the customer for stemware or an upholstered chair or so on,” says Bottega’s creative director, Tomas Maier.
Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue Flagship To Be Open Thanksgiving Day
Breaking the long-held tradition of remaining closed for Thanksgiving, Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue will be open for business on the family holiday this year. All of Manhattan’s other main flagships Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day. Lord & Taylor’s decision could force the hand of some to extend hours however. Lord & Taylor expects to capture traffic from the hordes who come to Manhattan to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. An estimated 2 million to 3.5 million spectators cram Manhattan’s streets to get close to the parade. It begins at 77th Street and heads south on Central Park West to Seventh Avenue, before moving to Sixth Avenue and ending at Macy’s Herald Square. Just the flagship will be open on Thanksgiving. Suburban stores will be closed. Read more on this story here.
Gucci North America Names New President
Christophe de Pous, current president and chief executive officer of Gucci Japan, has been named president of Gucci North America. De Pous succeeds Laura Lendrum, who left the firm in April after nearly two years as President. Former president of trading company Bluebelle Japan, de Pous joined Gucci in September 2009 and has since been strengthening the brand’s positioning in Japan, the company said in a statement. At the end of 2011, North America accounted for 18 percent of total Gucci revenues. This will take effect January 1, 2013.
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