Retail Intel: February 2020

Feb. 25, 2020: Tkees, the sandal brand known for its made-in-Brazil handmade flip-flops, has opened its first brick-and-mortar location. Its debut retail store is located in Miami’s design district. The shop will offer exclusive footwear, complimentary monogramming service as well as a schedule of events, activations and experiences. Plus, it is the only physical location selling the company’s apparel line, which launched in 2019. Designed by interior designer Montana Burnett, the new Tkees location features a minimalist aesthetic and is 100% shoppable with accessories and furnishings available for purchase. Tkees is located at 172 NE 40th St. in Miami.

Feb. 25, 2020: Paris-based fashion and music label Maison Kitsuné has debuted its first pop-up store in Los Angeles. The 600-square-foot shop was designed by co-creative director Masaya Kuroki and features walls painted in stark white, with industrial metallic brass panels, raw flooring and ochre tones in reference to the brand’s signature fox-patch color palette. Open through July, the shop will also host experiential events, including community-driven events and the brand’s Sunset Series, with drinks and DJ performances every second Thursday of the month.

An exterior view of Maison Kitsuné's pop-up store in Los Angeles.
An exterior view of Maison Kitsuné’s pop-up store in Los Angeles.
CREDIT: The Ingalls

Feb. 24, 2020: PacSun has announced the opening of two landmark stores on either side of the United States, with one outpost in downtown Los Angeles and the other in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. The L.A. space, which has 5,000 square feet, recently opened, and the 8,000-square-foot SoHo outpost will open on March 19. “While the evolving retail environment dictates [that] many brands reduce the number of their physical locations, it is equally … important for PacSun to invest in new physical spaces to give our customers the experiences that they want from the brand,” PacSun president Alfred Chang said in a press release.

PacSun, downtown los angeles
PacSun’s new store in downtown Los Angeles.

Feb. 20, 2020: Zadig & Voltaire is reopening the doors to its Sunset Boulevard boutique on Feb. 22. The Los Angeles location, the oldest in the Parisian brand’s store fleet in the United States, has been closed for a month as it undergoes renovation. The new open floor plan features oversize LED-framed windows to brighten the space as well as a lounge area with furniture designed by North America head of creative Ryan Gendron.

Zadig & Voltaire
Inside Zadig & Voltaire’s store on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
CREDIT: Zadig & Voltaire

Feb. 19, 2020: P448 is opening its first store in Milan. The Italian luxury sneaker label has announced the debut of its boutique in the Brera district, housing the P448 women’s and men’s collections as well as accessories. The store is designed in an avant-garde way, radiating a blue glow and boasting neon art in an urban and industrial setting. “We wanted to express our personal aesthetic view: an innovative and unconventional store, developed through a strong attention to detail and quality materials,” founders and creative directors Marco Samorè and Andrea Curti said in a statement. “The architecture and mix of materials, such as metal elements combined with iridescent patterns or lights effects, reflect our experimentation concept.”

P448 Milan store
P448’s new store in Milan.
CREDIT: Saverio Lombardi Vallauri

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