Oscar de la Renta Opens First Store In London
After five years of scouting out the perfect location, 130 Mount Street made the cut. The 3,000-square-foot boutique sits at the corner of Berkeley Square and is the brand’s largest store. It is also de la Renta’s third store in Europe, Athens and Madrid being home to the others.
This new location made its debut rather quietly, but the chief executive officer of Oscar de la Renta LLC, Alex, Bolen said that a bigger store opening is in the works for the spring. The Mount Street area appealed to the brand being that it is greener and more residential than the 10-minute away Bond Street. It is also home to The Connaught hotel as well as Scott’s Restaurant. Not to mention the brand already has a solid following in London as it has just expanded its Harrods boutique.
Although the brand is on the search for more international locations, they are set to open up a store in Atlanta sometime later this year or early 2014. They are also set to finish renovations on their Madison Avenue boutique next month.
Barneys New York Searching For New Locations
As Barneys confirms that it will be closing its Co-Op on West 18th Street on March 1, news that the company is looking at locations downtown has also surfaced. The retailer is said to be looking at several real-estate options downtown and could potentially open a new flagship store with its own Co-Op department. A Barneys spokeswoman said that they believe downtown Manhattan opens up a lot of opportunity for the retailer. They are looking for something medium to long term.
While a typical Co-Op store is on average 8,200 square feet, a flagship store can be around 200,000 square feet. So, an ultimate goal for the retailer would be to develop a second flagship space in New York for a more long term situation. However, this won’t be an easy endeavor to do in Manhattan. After all, it took Nordstrom a decade to find their 285,000-square-foot flagship location near Columbus Circle.
Milly And Sperry Collaborate On Second Shoe Collection
Michelle Smith, designer of Milly, and Bradley O’Brien, vice-president of women’s design at Sperry, have unveiled their second collaboration for this iconic American footwear brand.
“I’ve been wearing Sperry Top-Siders from the time that I was a kid so it’s really a thrill to design my own spin on this very iconic shoe,” said Michelle Smith.
This collection features both neutral beiges as well as bright pinks, oranges and green prints. Featured shoe styles are the Women’s Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat shoe, the Women’s CVO Laceless sneaker, as well as a few styles of heels and wedges. One thing remains constant, no matter what the design, the Sperry shoe never fails to channel the luxe life by the sea.
– Jamie Wilson
Sources: WWD, NYMAG; Image: WWD
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