Shop Talk: Lucky on the March… Swedes Invade American Rag

Lucky on the Move
The Lucky Shoes retail chain is taking a bigger bite out of the Ohio market. The company has moved its Fairlawn Town Center store in Fairlawn, Ohio, to a new spot in the strip center it has occupied since 1955. The new space is composed of four stores adjacent to each other and licensed by Lucky Shoes. Totaling a combined 18,600 square feet, they include the multibrand Lucky Shoes, a New Balance and a Stride Rite store, as well as the recently added SAS store. The expansion also has allowed for the addition of a Johnston & Murphy concept area in Lucky Shoes, as well as a greater selection of product for younger customers from current vendors. According to CEO Thomas Luck, business for the 15-store chain has been strong despite a tough economy, with sales up 20 percent so far this year. “We believe there’s a better opportunity to grow business in a bad economy,” he said.

Hasbeens Pops Up at American Rag
Swedish Hasbeens is hitting Los Angeles. The retro-inspired brand is fronting a pop-up shop at American Rag through May 4. The shop will stock styles from the spring ’12 collection that aren’t available in other stores. “We’re growing rapidly, but we want to keep it a very experience-driven brand. Swedish Hasbeens is a look, feel, taste and touch,” said a brand spokeswoman. “We want our consumers to step inside that world, and getting to do pop-up shops with amazing retail partners … is an important part of that.” This month, the brand will also launch a pop-up store in Stockholm that will remain open through Sept. 30. That shop will debut five new casual summer styles.

Max Does London
Max Studio is putting down roots in London. The Los Angeles-based brand earlier this month debuted its first European flagship store at 229 Westbourne Grove. The 3,000-sq.-ft. store will stock an assortment of footwear, apparel and accessories, as well as the limited-edition Leon Max Collection and the Max Studio line.

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