Shop Talk: Ecco’s 1,000th Store… Pazolini Heads to U.S.

Ecco Hits 1,000th Store Mark
Ecco recently crossed a new milestone at the company with the debut of its 1,000 retail location. The new store, which opened on Nov. 4, is located in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. Displaying Ecco’s most recent store design, dubbed “Unity,” the store features clean lines with a modern look, in keeping with the company’s Scandinavian heritage. For his part, Dave Quel, president of Ecco USA, said in a statement that he was thrilled to be part of the famed mall. “We are excited to be entering Mall of America. [It is] a true shopping destination for consumers from all over the U.S. and the world, and [we] look forward to servicing the people of the Twin Cities community,” he said.

L.K. Bennett Bows Eighth U.S. Store
The British have arrived. Fashion house L.K. Bennett bowed its eighth boutique in the U.S. late last month, at The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, N.J. The store is the first freestanding boutique for the retailer in the Northeast. It features soft, powder-pink colors and beige woodwork, with 1950s-inspired Swedish furnishings. And more locations could soon be on the way. “We have more than 100 stores in the U.K. now,” CEO Robert Bensoussan said in a statement. “In the long term, we’d like to have the same number of stores in the U.S.” In all, the brand operates 130 stores in the U.K., Europe, United Arab Emirates, as well as its e-commerce site.

Pazolini Plots Stateside Debut
Luxury footwear and accessory label Carlo Pazolini is slated to launch a flagship store this December, at 543 Broadway in the Soho area of Manhattan. This will be the brand’s first foray into the U.S. market. Designed by Giorgio Borruso, the 4,250-sq.-ft. shop will showcase both men’s and women’s product, and should be open ahead of the holidays.

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