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Retail Intel: Alexander McQueen Has a New Home in NYC’s SoHo + More News

FN rounds up all the store openings, closings and redesigns happening this month, from throughout the footwear industry. Got some retail news? Send it to web@footwearnews.com.

Nov. 20, 2020: Hermès has doubled the size of its location at The Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey. According to FN’s sister publication WWD, the French luxury house’s more than 8,000-square-foot space at the high-end shopping center is inspired by the state’s forestry, with its exterior featuring tiles in various green tones and the interior carpeted in caramel and green hues. The single-floor store houses the brand’s leather and equestrian goods, as well as its women’s, men’s and accessories collections, plus its beauty line.

Nov. 9, 2020: Alexander McQueen has opened a flagship store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. The design of the outpost was conceived by creative director Sarah Burton in collaboration with architect Smiljan Radic. Entering the boutique, shoppers are able to find the luxury fashion house’s women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories, housed in a space outfitted with oak and walnut floors and walls. A decorative glass cylinder pierces the interior, while a cotton-based papier mâché sculpture was developed specifically for the space. Customers can visit the location at 71 Greene Street.

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The luxury house’s Tall Story and Story Shoulder bag are photographed at the center of the SoHo store.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Pablo Enriquez for Alexander McQueen

Nov. 9, 2020: Sneakersnstuff (SNS) continues to develop its hospitality business. The Stockholm-based retailer has opened a new destination in Tokyo called the SNS Cafe that will serve up American, Swedish and European cuisine made with Japanese cooking techniques and ingredients. The space is intended to be a gathering place for locals and visitors alike, and will feature a gift shop stocked with books, music, branded apparel and house goods. This marks the third hospitality launch for SNS, after debuting an event space in Berlin and a bar in New York. The company also has retail stores throughout the world, in Stockholm, London, Berlin, Paris, New York, L.A. and Tokyo.

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The SNS Cafe in Shibuya City, Tokyo.
CREDIT: Courtesy of SNS

Nov. 4, 2020: Hermès has opened up shop at the Wynn Plaza Shops in Las Vegas. The two-story boutique, which spans 4,715 square feet, is more than twice the size of its former store at the hotel and is inspired by the desert landscape of Las Vegas. According to FN’s sister publication WWD, it features a custom-designed terrazzo floor and a skylight cupola, as well as spaces for silk, fashion jewelry, leather goods and equestrian equipment. A VIP salon can be found on the lower level, plus an area for homeware, furniture and cosmetics. On the upper level, the women’s ready-to-wear collection and an expansive shoe salon live next to another VIP fitting room. Men’s ready-to-wear items are also housed on the second floor.

Big Openings Last Month

Oct. 28, 2020: Nordstrom is opening two new Nordstrom Local stores in Los Angeles. The 1,193-square-foot space in Newport Beach will open on Nov. 6, while the 1,886-square-foot shop in Manhattan Beach will launch in the coming months. According to COO Ken Worzel, the locations are “part of the continuation of our market strategy in one of our largest markets to provide customers with greater access to merchandise selection and faster delivery while increasing convenience and connection through our services.” The retailer already has Nordstrom Local locations in Melrose, Brentwood and downtown LA. It also has 14 full-line outposts and 30 Rack stores in the city.

Oct. 27, 2020: Ross Stores has completed its fleet expansion for the year. The department store announced the openings of 30 Ross Dress for Less locations and nine dd’s Discounts outposts across 17 states this month. In 2020, Ross has opened 66 stores — 12 of which are in its largest markets of California, Florida and Texas. “We remain committed to growing our Ross and dd’s footprints across our existing markets as well as expansion into our newer markets,” group EVP of property development Gregg McGillis said in a statement.

Oct. 22, 2020: Galeries Lafayette has signed a lease for a third store in China. The outpost is scheduled to open in 2022 in the D. Place shopping mall, which is located in the Nanming neighborhood of Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou Province. The upscale French department store currently has units in Beijing and Shanghai. According to FN’s sister publication WWD, the expansion will “allow us to offer the inhabitants of Guiyang our know-how in fashion and French lifestyle,” said Philippe Pedone, director of international development at Galeries Lafayette.

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