Lhuillier Takes Manhattan
Monique Lhuillier earlier this week opened a 3,000-sq.-ft. flagship store at 19 W. 71st St., near Madison Avenue in New York. The two-floor space showcases the entire ready-to-wear collection, as well as footwear, bridal and accessories. Originally a townhouse in the 1890s, the building’s interior has been restored with refinished parlors and hallways, and features chandeliers and gray suede walls. “The New York store marks an exciting new phase in the growth and development of Monique Lhuillier as a global luxury lifestyle brand,” CEO Tom Bugbee said in a statement. “It is a dream come true for Monique to have a significant retail footprint in New York.”
Crocs Snaps to It
Crocs bowed its first store in Glasgow, Scotland, at Buchanan Galleries on Tuesday. The 1,145-sq.-ft. space will showcase the brand’s 300 styles, ranging from wedges to rainboots. “We are thrilled to be opening our first full-price store in Scotland,” said Ann Chan, European retail director for Crocs. “We know we already have a strong following in Scotland, and we believe this new store will please our existing consumers [while] serving as a good platform to attract new ones.”
Free People Heads to Japan
Urban Outfitters Inc. is taking its Free People retail concept to Japan. The company recently announced it had inked a distribution and marketing agreement with World Co. Ltd. for the brand in the country. The multiyear deal marks the label’s first foray into Japan. World Co. now has the rights to establish shop-in-shops, standalone stores and direct-to-consumer websites, as well as to distribute to wholesale accounts. “Free People designs compelling merchandise with a strong lifestyle message, and World brings deep expertise and a track record of marketing success in Japan,” Urban Outfitters CEO Richard Hayne said in a statement. “Together, we expect to build the same customer awareness and brand loyalty in the Japanese market that Free People currently enjoys domestically.” Free People sells an assortment of apparel, footwear and accessories.