April 19, 2019: Parisian shoemaker and ready-to-wear house Berluti has opened a new flagship in Monte Carlo — the first store to open in Monaco and the second in the Riviera. Located next to the Hotel de Paris, the two-story flagship spans 915 square feet, distinguished by its herringbone-pattern wood floor and textured walls, with the first floor boasting a private salon that overlooks the city-state. The French brand, built by four generations of shoemakers, has been around since 1895.
April 17, 2019: Sports and lifestyle brand Airwalk is expanding its business with a move into China. The label’s parent company, Authentic Brands Group, and Eleven After Eleven, a China-based manufacturer of street and skate brands, have signed a multiyear licensing agreement for Eleven After Eleven to design, manufacture and distribute Airwalk apparel, outerwear, footwear and headwear throughout greater China. Plans include the opening of 40 Airwalk shopping destinations, the first which will launch in 2020.
April 4, 2019: New York fashion-comfort retailer Eneslow Shoes & Orthotics, which this year is celebrating its 110th anniversary, plans to open its fourth store in a 4,000-square-foot location on the Upper East Side. The store will offer pedorthic services in addition to comfort brands distributed in the U.S. and exclusive lines from Europe. “We believe this location matches our customer demographics of baby boomers, high-income, professional Manhattanites who walk and need our [services],” said owner Robert Schwartz.
April 1, 2019: Los Angeles is getting a dose of Southern style. The Charlotte, N.C.-based Capitol boutique has opened its second location, in the Brentwood Country Mart, WWD reports. The 3,500-square-foot shop features the colorful array of dresses, footwear and accessories that Capitol is known for, plus a shop-in-shop with celebrity-favorite jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth. Founded in 1997 by Laura Vinroot Poole, the boutique is in good company in the 70-year-old complex: Its neighboring stores include Goop, Visvim, James Perse and Christian Louboutin. Poole told WWD she chose to branch out because “my second-largest client base is California, and I’ve always loved the country mart.”
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