Shop Talk: United Nude Banks on London… Havaianas Pops Into View

United Nude Adds Doors
United Nude is increasing its global footprint. The brand recently bowed a store on London’s Regent Street, following the April launch of a pop-up on the city’s Neal Street. Earlier this year, the label debuted locations in Tel Aviv, Israel; and Seoul, South Korea. “I’m delighted about the fact that we are opening stores around the world in today’s turbulent environment,” United Nude’s creative director and founder, Rem Koolhaas, said in a statement. “The pop-up shops are great for us. The process for opening them is a lot faster and more energetic than for traditional shops, [and it] suits our style. It allows us to test new locations and sometimes a pop-up turns into a more permanent store due to its success.”

No. 4 for Camper
Camper has opened its fourth New York store in a high-profile location on Fifth Avenue. The 1,800-sq.-ft. space was designed by Oki Sati, co-founder and chief designer of Japan-based studio Nendo. Keeping with his minimalistic approach, the stark white interior features shoes displayed on a low table that extends the length of the store. The wall area features nearly 2,000 white resin replicas of the brand’s signature Pelotas style attached floor to ceiling. The location is the third U.S. door to bow this year, following the debut of stores in Seattle and Santa Monica, Calif. Additional sites are set to open in Philadelphia and Chicago by year’s end.

PacSun Goes Pop-Up
California lifestyle retailer PacSun launched a pop-up shop in New York’s Soho neighborhood. The store will be open through Labor Day and host a series of special events, including live in-store DJ performances. According to CEO Gary Schoenfeld, the more than 10,000-sq.-ft. space is larger than the brand’s typical stores and features key partners including Nike, Hurley, Vans and Modern Amusement. The dual-level interior design marries New York elements with the brand’s West Coast heritage. New and exclusive offerings for both men and women will be featured on a rotating basis.

Bloomingdale’s in Hawaii
Bloomingdale’s is headed to the islands. The retailer announced that in 2015 it will open its first store in Hawaii — a 167,000-sq.-ft., three-story location in Honolulu. The new store is part of the Ala Moana Center’s redevelopment program. “Ala Moana will provide an exceptional environment for the distinctive, upscale shopping experience for which Bloomingdale’s is world famous,” Bloomingdale’s Chairman and CEO Michael Gould said in a statement. “It is a beautiful open-air shopping center that is a recognized destination not only for local customers from the Hawaiian islands but also for visitors from the U.S. mainland, Asia and worldwide.” Stateside, plans are also underway to open a Bloomingdale’s in Glendale, Calif., later this fall, and in fall ’14 a new space will replace an older one in Palo Alto, Calif.

Havaianas Preps for Manhattan
Havaianas is bringing a little of Brazil to New York. The brand is preparing for the May 30 debut of its first pop-shop, located in the city’s Meatpacking District. The 1,200-sq.-ft. space will feature the largest assortment of Havaianas sandals and closed-toe footwear available in Manhattan. The shop, which will remain open until Sept. 3, also will feature a Make Your Own Havaianas station that will allow customers to customize their flip-flops. “The Meatpacking District was the perfect location for the shop, as the vibrant and spontaneous atmosphere in the heart of the city aligns with the carefree and joyful essence of the Havaianas brand,” said the label’s chief marketing officer, Carlos Zepeda.