Retail Intel: Fendi and Versace Open Fendace Pop-Ups in NYC & LA + More News

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

May 17, 2022: Italian luxury brands Fendi and Versace are continuing the celebration of their new Fendace collab with the opening of two pop-ups in New York City and Los Angeles. The New York Fendace store, located at 90 Prince Street in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, offers the capsule’s full men’s and women’s range. Likewise, the L.A. store also offers the capsule and is located at 323 N Rodeo Drive. Both stores will remain open through June 19. In September, Donatella Versace characterized the Fendace show as “a milestone moment,” a full-on creative swap presented on the runway. As reported, Donatella Versace, designed a Fendi collection and Kim Jones, Fendi’s artistic director of couture and womenswear, created a Versace lineup. The swapping went as far as Fendi producing the Versace collection and vice versa and the project meant each designer dived into the other brand’s archives. The ‘Versace by Fendi’ women’s and men’s collection designed by Kim Jones and Silvia Venturini Fendi launched in Fendi boutiques and on Fendi.com Thursday, May 12.

Fendace SoHo Pop-Up, Fendi, Versace
Inside the Fendace pop-up in SoHo, NYC.

May 17, 2022: Off-White has launched its beauty collection with the brand’s first ever retail pop-up at the Saks Fifth Avenue‘s New York City flagship and on Saks.com. Off-White Beauty’s debut collection, titled “Paperwork,” launched last month with fragrances, makeup, and nail polish that are positioned as ageless and genderless by the brand. Off-White founder Virgil Abloh, who conceptualized “Paperwork” prior to his passing, defined the collection as “another canvas, another surface for human expression.” The pop-up at Saks marks Off-White Beauty’s first brick-and-mortar retail partnership. To kick off the pop-up, Saks and Off-White Beauty are hosting a consumer-facing event on May 25, where customers can interact with the products and receive complimentary stenciling and engraving. The collection additionally has a dedicated landing page on Saks.com.

May 16, 2022: Allbirds has opened its first store in Nashville. Located in the Green Hills neighborhood at 2126 Abbott Martin Rd., the 3,259 square foot store includes nods to the local Nashville community including a Tennessee Iris flower tote bag; Purple Martin laces; and a Music Row-inspired pin. In addition to this store, Allbirds has also opened its third Chicago-area store on Monday. Located at 833 W. Randolph St. in the Fulton Market, the new 3,975 square foot shop marks the brand’s 43rd store globally. The new location includes nods to the local Fulton Market community like custom mosaic tile artwork Service Bar created by local artist Jim Bachor; a Chicago Fulton Market wooden pin; and White Tail Deer laces.

Allbirds, Chicago, Fulton Market
Allbirds’ Fulton Market location in Chicago.
CREDIT: Allbirds

May 12, 2022: Milan-based women’s footwear brand Michele Lopriore has opened a new store in Boston’s Copley Place, making it the company’s seventh U.S. location. Located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood at 100 Huntington Ave., the new 1,500 square-foot shop speaks to the brands’ Italian heritage and craftsmanship. Displays around the shop call attention to the brand’s new designs with a touch of Italian flair. Inspired by the first Michele Lopriore stores opened in Milan in the 1990s, the design of the store aims to evoke the brand’s new contemporary look. According to the company, it aims to expand its retail presence in the U.S. after experiencing a growth of 200% in 2021 with projections of a 50% growth for 2022. Established in 1986 by Michele Lopriore, the brand is family owned and operated and today already includes the next generation – son Mike as company CEO – as part of the team.

Michele Lopriore
CREDIT: Michele Lopriore

May 11, 2022: SoleSavy is set to launch Collect, a new marketplace that allows for showcasing, buying, selling and trading their sneaker collections while connecting with others. According to SoleSavy, Collect was created to allow app users to “interact and transact peer-to-peer within a trusted community, reversing a trend of seller-first marketplaces, anonymous transactions and excessive aftermarket pricing.” What’s more, SoleSavy said it has removed itself from the transaction equation by “empowering users to buy, sell and trade both new and used sneakers with more flexibility and no extra processing fees.” SoleSavy identified its identity verification process as a key feature that employs “Know Your Customer” technology — which it said is the same process used by banks and financial institutions to prevent attempted scams — which allows for a safe and fair environment for transactions. SoleSavy said Collect has been in private beta testing mode with a select group of members since March, and is now open beta on iOS and the Google Play Store for all SoleSavy members. What’s more, SoleSavy said NBA players Mikal Bridges and Immanuel Quickley have joined the open beta and members can check out their personal collections.

May 10, 2022: Neiman Marcus has opened a new Loewe pop-up featuring the brand’s collaboration with Paula’s Ibiza at the retailer’s Beverly Hills flagship. The pop-up experience, aptly named “La Playa,” features the latest capsule collection of Balearic staples alongside activations such as a complimentary nail art station and specially curated cocktails. The La Playa experience at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills nods to Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza’s signature fun and lively culture by featuring a curated selection of vinyl records with 100% of the proceeds benefitting The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The experience at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills runs May 5 – 23, and the pop-up runs at Neiman Marcus Atlanta from May 16 – 31. The collection is available now at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, select stores and on Neimanmarcus.com.

Loewe x Paula's Ibiza, Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills
CREDIT: Neiman Marcus

May 10, 2022: Sabah, best known for its handmade shoes inspired by traditional Turkish slippers, has opened its first-ever flagship store in New York. Located at 56 Bleecker Street, the 1,600 square foot store is inspired by the caravanserai found along the ancient Silk Road. In addition to Sabah’s full collection of leather shoes, goods and accessories, the brand’s new store also carries a large assortment of third-party products. The store also features the colorful ‘Where To Next Bar,’ serving complimentary tea, coffee and cocktails. Situated near the Crosby Street entrance, which is flanked by outdoor seating, the bar invites passersby in for respite. To celebrate the store opening, the brand collaborated with Bellocq Tea on a custom-blend inspired by the Silk Road and ceramicist Casa Mari Cruz on an exclusive assortment of tea service accessories that is served and sold in-store. The opening of Sabah House New York marks a big moment for the brand as it approaches its 10-year anniversary. The store beneath Mickey’s apartment in New York City’s East Village remained Sabah’s only retail location in the city until 2018, when it opened a creative space on the fourth floor of a discrete building nearby. Sabah House New York will be the brand’s fifth permanent store, complementing the Sabah Houses in Amagansett, Dallas, San Francisco, and London.

Sabah House NYC

May 4, 2022: Boon Barn has inked a new lease for a 14,354-square-foot store at Union Lake Crossing, a 393,000-square-foot shopping center serving the greater Millville-Vineland market in southern New Jersey. The Union Lake Crossing store will be among two initial locations that Boot Barn is opening in New Jersey later this year, as the 303-unit chain pushes northward along the East Coast from existing locations in Delaware and Pennsylvania. The other New Jersey store will be in Cherry Hill. Boot Barn’s Union Lake Crossing store is expected to debut this fall, occupying a space between Party City and Xfinity. The chain will join a mix led anchor Target, along with Shop-Rite, Kohl’s, Ross Dress For Less, Staples, and PetSmart. Other notable tenants include Famous Footwear, Party City, and Five Below.

Boot Barn
A Boot Barn store in Georgetown, Texas.
CREDIT: Irgang Group

May 4, 2022: Pacsun‘s SoHo flagship in New York City has dawned a whole new look as the space was embellished in the brand’s newly released Etoile Monogram Capsule pattern in celebration of the summer 2022 collection. Announced last month, Pacsun’s Etoile Monogram Capsule is a fully gender fluid collection, inspired by the sand and sea of California’s coastline, consisting of not only apparel, but lifestyle items and summer essentials. To kick off IRL activities for consumers and guests, Pacsun hosted a livestream with runway model and content creator, Mathieu Simoneau, who gave a preview into the collection, store displays and decor. Simoneau also stars in the campaign, alongside Emma Chamberlain. Throughout the month of May, store-goers can enjoy boardwalk-like entertainment, including branded claw machines, and more.

Pacsun SoHo
Pacsun SoHo
CREDIT: Pacsun

May 2, 2022: To mark the Dior fall 2022 fashion show by women’s artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, which took place in Seoul on April 30, the French luxury brand has opened a new concept store in the heart of the South Korean city’s Seongsu-dong neighborhood. The new store welcomes visitors in a spectacular structure reminiscent of the legendary façade of 30 Montaigne. Within this fabulous open-air construction, a stunning garden is revealed, inspired by both Korean nature and jardins à la française; a celebration of Monsieur Dior’s love of flowers, according to the brand. Resembling a luminous glass conservatory, the Dior boutique reveals – in a decor punctuated by original pieces by Korean designers – the different domains of the brand, from women’s ready-to-wear to sneakers and bags, along with a Café Dior. Further, Dior has joined forces with the digital design company d’strict in order to recreate the atmosphere of Christian Dior’s childhood villa in Granville.

Dior Opens Concept Store in Seoul
CREDIT: Kyungsub Shin

April 29, 2022: Gucci has opened its newly relocated store in Las Vegas in The Shops at Crystals. The two-floor boutique spans almost 12,000 square feet and features both casino and street level entrances, showcasing a wide collection of men’s and women’s shoes and ready-to-wear, handbags, luggage, small leather goods, fashion and fine jewelry and watches, eyewear, and Gucci Beauty and fragrances. The space also features a large hand-painted mural designed by Ignasi Monreal. It’s a continuation of a long-standing relationship between Gucci and Monreal, whose work is characterized by the blending of his classical art background with digital dexterity. Monreal has previously collaborated with Gucci on the spring/summer 2018 advertising campaign and the Gucci Hallucination campaign and collection. Monreal’s mural at Gucci Crystals will highlight the creative intersection of classic Italian frescos with the playfulness of Las Vegas, in Monreal’s whimsical and spirited style. The newly renovated Gucci at The Shops at Crystals joins Gucci’s other Las Vegas locations.

Gucci - Las Vegas, NV - The Crystals Shops
CREDIT: Pablo Enriquez

April 28, 2022: Carhartt has opened a new store in Nashville. Located at 5019 Broadway Place, the 4,000-square-foot store carries the brand’s full range of styles including fear, footwear and accessories for the whole family. While this is the first Carhartt-branded retail store in Tennessee, the company has had a presence in Camden, Tenn. since it began sewing operations there in 1993. This opening marks the 35th company retail store across 20 states in the U.S. “We are excited to add the state of Tennessee to our retail footprint and to make Carhartt gear easily accessible to local consumers,” said Mark Kastner, director of retail store operations at Carhartt. “With skilled trades opportunities on the rise, DIYers rediscovering their passions, and a growing number of people who simply enjoy working with their hands, there is an increased demand for our Carhartt gear. We look forward to providing products to support our consumers’ lifestyle on and off the job site.”

Carhartt opens new Nashville store location.
Carhartt opens new Nashville store location.
CREDIT: Carhartt

April 26, 2022: Vince has officially reopened its flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Now encompassing the contemporary brand’s full product offerings, the label has introduced extended sizing for women’s sizes 18-24 — as well as its Vince x Nu Swim summer capsule, available up to size 2X — in-store for the first time. The 2,800-square foot store now includes a brand new shoe salon as well, which will showcase its full women’s shoe range and exclusive styles for the midtown location. Aside from its new remodel, the brand will also utilize the location as a method to spotlight artists and galleries like Claude Home, Morgan Peck, Simone Bodmer-Turner and Jessalyn Brooks. The boutique will also host a series of in-store programs for customers each month, ranging from panels to workshops, wellness sessions and demonstrations.

April 25, 2022: Meta has announced that it will open a 1,550 square-foot retail store in Burlingame, California on May 9. The store will allow shoppers to experience products such as Portal, Ray-Ban Stories and Quest 2 and reveal what a future in the metaverse could look like. “We’re not selling the metaverse in our store, but hopefully people will come in and walk out knowing a little bit more about how our products will help connect them to it,” said Martin Gilliard, head of Meta Store, in a statement.

April 22, 2022: Stride Rite has expanded its international footprint with the opening of its first Latin America pop-up in Guatemala. The kiosk, which opened in January at Oakland Mall in Guatemala City, expands the brand’s global reach. The Stride Rite pop-up features Fit Zone by Stride Rite, the brand’s digital fitting technology that allows parents to determine their children’s shoe size quickly. “We are thrilled to be bringing the Fit Zone by Stride Rite into a new international partner and market for our brand,” said Brian Strauss, marketplace & customer experience manager at Stride Rite. “The success of our Fit Zone by Stride Rite in helping to educate parents on the importance of ‘fit’ for their children has been tremendous for both sales and customer experience.”

April 19, 2022: Louis Vuitton has opened a new store at Westfield UTC in La Jolla, Calif. The location offers a selection of the French maison’s women’s range including accessories, fragrance, jewelry, leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, travel, and watches. The Westfield UTC space features locally sourced petrified wood stools that accent the women’s shoes area, alongside a vibrant linear color field painting by artist Cristine Ruksenas-Burton. Seating from the Los Angeles-based, French-founded design studio Atelier de Troupe enlivens the women’s leather goods section. Further, Louis Vuitton’s historic tradition of hand-crafted customization is prevalent through an on-site hot-stamping service, giving clients the opportunity to personalize a variety of leather goods. In addition, the fragrance counter offers custom engraving on the maison’s perfumes and colognes by Louis Vuitton’s master perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. The opening of the Westfield UTC store comes on the heels of the announcement that Louis Vuitton’s 2023 Cruise show will take place on May 12 at the Salk Institute, also in La Jolla.

Louis Vuitton, Westfield UTC in La Jolla, Calif
Inside Louis Vuitton’s new Westfield UTC women’s store in La Jolla, Calif.
CREDIT: Brad Dickson

April 19, 2022: Foot Locker continues to expand its localized Power Store concept in North America. On April 29, the company will host the grand opening of a new door in Markham, Ontario — marking its third Power Store in Canada. Located at 179 Enterprise Blvd., the location spans 5,600 square feet, where consumers have access to top brands like Nike, Adidas and Under Armour, as well as local brands such as Crane Apparel. Other features include a Call ‘N Collect curbside pickup window, and a digital screen will be added to display “menu items” that shoppers can order. In keeping with the community focus of the Power Stores, the Markham shop will regularly host events, starting with a customization session for the soft opening, led by artist Sarah Skrlj.

Foot Locker Power Store Markham Ontario
Inside the Foot Locker Power Store in Markham, Ontario.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Foot Locker/Xandrae Ramdeem

April 15, 2022: After the recent openings of three stores in China, Italian fashion brand GCDS is continuing its retail expansion with a new location in Capri, Italy. Located in Piazza Umberto I, the 40 square meter (approximately 430 square foot) store features walls covered in yellow lucid eco leather, a blue logo carpet on the floor, and steel clothes hangers and displays. At the entrance, there is a meter-high amphora painted with lemons, as well as a maxi-installation featuring bougainvilleas and lemons inside the store. For the new opening, GCDS has launched a special unisex capsule available exclusively for the Capri store. The streetwear-inspired selection is characterized by ready-to-wear, baseball caps and towels, with beachwear defined by a new majolica pattern that features a GCDS logo print in a watercolor Capri version. In addition to this, thanks to the collaboration with small artisans close to Vietri sul Mare, the store will also offer decorated terracotta ceramics from the ‘Baci from Capri’ collection including plates and trays. The new store opens to the public on Saturday, April 16 and will feature ready-to-wear and accessories from the brand’s spring/summer 2022 collection as well as the special Capri capsule collection.

GCDS Capri
Inside GCDS’ new Capri store.
CREDIT: Courtesy of GCDS

April 13, 2022: Fendi launched its first Fendi Casa flagship store in Milan today. Located in Piazza della Scala, the boutique covers 7,560-square-foot and is an expansion of its partnership with Design Holding. Last year, they formed Fashion Furniture Design (FF Design), a joint venture to develop the Fendi Casa business. Inside the store is a succession of living, dining, sleeping and outdoor areas on two different floors, filled with sofas, armchairs, dining tables, as well as a wide selection of accessories and complementary items for each room. In addition, Fendi Casa’s art collaboration with Botswana-based design studio Peter Mabeo can be seen in the entrance and windows of the store. Following the Milan opening, Fendi Casa will debut flagship stores in Miami and Shanghai.

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Inside Fendi Casa in Milan.

April 12, 2022: Ambush has opened six pop-up stores around the world. The Japanese brand opened its first four pop-ups on March 21 at KaDeWe in Berlin, Selfridges in London, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, and Harvey Nichols in Dubai. The openings at Boon The Shop in Seoul and Beymen Galataport in Istanbul will follow in the coming weeks. The shops will highlight the brand’s spring/summer 2022 collection, with floor-to-ceiling carpet in this season’s “Solar Power” yellow color in all six pop-ups. Semi-gloss racks display a selection of Ambush’s ready-to-wear, jewelry, and leather goods. Ambush’s global pop-ups will be open for six weeks.

Ambush pop-up
CREDIT: Courtesy of Ambush

April 7, 2022: Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled its new Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace-themed windows at its Manhattan flagship store on Thursday. The new windows are in anticipation of the April 15 opening of the Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, which is just across the street from the iconic retailer. Taking inspiration from the original Flipper’s, open for just a short time from 1979 to 1981, the visual team at Saks delved into the rink’s photo archives, compiling exclusive collages of the destination’s storied history alongside current season looks — each styled with Flipper’s roller skates, naturally. A portion of proceeds from skate rentals at the newly opened Flipper’s location will benefit the Saks Fifth Avenue Foundation, which aims to make mental health a priority in every community through targeted nonprofit partnerships.

Saks Fifth Avenue Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace-themed windows
CREDIT: Luis Guillén for Saks Fifth Avenue

April 6, 2022: Saks has teamed up with Zero Bond to host the members-only club’s first-ever invite-only pop-up shopping event on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7. For two days only, Saks is inviting its top clients to shop from an assortment of Saks.com-exclusive designer merchandise – from brands like Bottega Veneta, Versace, Dries Van Noten, Christopher John Rogers, Brandon Maxwell, and Khaite – inside of a private suite at the exclusive members-only club. Located in the heart of NoHo, the Saks x Zero Bond pop-up event will offer an intimate, ultra-luxe shopping experience for every guest. This event echoes a similar pop-up that Saks hosted at Casa Cipriani this past December with an exclusive holiday edit. “With the Zero Bond pop-up this week, the company is excited to continue to create unique, ultra luxe-pop up experiences for its top customers,” a Saks representative told FN.

Saks, Zero Bond
CREDIT: Courtesy of Virginie Carolina for Saks

April 1, 2022: Oliver Cabell has opened its first-ever retail store this weekend, located in New York City at 285 Lafayette Street. The luxury shoe brand sells mostly via direct-to-consumer channels to avoid cost markups. The retail store location was launched in part with Leap, a company that helps emerging brands develop physical retail stores.

Oliver Cabell
CREDIT: Oliver Cabell

April 5, 2022: Fiorucci has taken over Fred Segal’s pop-up space at the Los Angeles retailer’s Sunset Boulevard flagship location. Open from now through April 30, the pop-up is in celebration of the comeback of Coachella and the start of the festival season. The pop-up will feature the Italian brand’s spring/summer 2022 “Desert Oasis” collection, which blends archive imagery with new styles and prints. This free-spirited collection also features an assortment of accessories such as matching bucket hats in various prints, classic baseball caps, a range of handbags, and a drawstring canvas bag embellished with the blazing Fiorucci sun dial. Other offerings available at the store include embroidered denim and seasonal jersey, in addition to the ready-to-wear and core Angels styles. Fiorucci will also launch an exclusive t-shirt for the pop-up, sold for $95 exclusively through Fred Segal. “There’s a long history between Fiorucci and L.A. and I’m really glad to be able to celebrate that with the opening of our Fred Segal pop-up and for the original Angels brand to be back in the City Of Angels,” said Daniel Fletcher, artistic director of Fiorucci, in a statement.

Fiorucci, Fred Segal pop-up
CREDIT: Courtesy of Fiorucci

April 1, 2022: There are a lot of firsts happening in Virginia. Bloomingdale’s unveiled its debut Bloomie’s small-format concept store in the Mosaic District shopping complex in Fairfax, Va., and for its first pop-up, the retailer chose Birkenstock. The comfort shoe favorite is presented in a 500-sq.-ft. shop-in-shop that showcases a special selection of seasonal styles for women, men and kids. The sleek space design references Birkenstock’s core materials of cork and leather, illustrated in way that speaks to the contemporary fashion consumer at Bloomie’s. The pop-up is open now through April 24.

Birkenstock Bloomies Pop-Up Virginia
The Birkenstock pop-up shop inside Bloomie’s in Fairfax, Va.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

April 1, 2022: Rebecca Minkoff is fronting a live-stream e-sports event on Roblox. The designer teamed up with the platform to launch a virtual pop-up in the shoe-wearing game High Heel Obby. Users can enter the store to try on digital versions of Minkoff’s collections, including handbags and high-heel boots. Also, at 4pm EST today, fans can compete in a live Rebecca Minkoff Obby event for a share of $5,000 worth of Robux, Roblox’s in-game currency. And collectors of Minkoff’s new NFT collection, which launched last month, can face off in a VIP section of the game for the chance to win a pair of the brand’s Siena flame black leather boots, worth $1,098. The live event is available via Twitch.

Rebecca Minkoff High Heel Obby Roblox Pop-up
Rebecca Minkoff’s High Heel Obby pop-up on Roblox.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff

March 29, 2022: Justin Bieber and Ryan Good’s Drew House brand is expanding its distribution. Drew House is teaming up with Ssense on a long-term partnership, which includes a pop-up installation opening today at Ssense’s Montreal flagship. Through April 3 the location will exclusively offer a preview of the expansive assortment launching at Ssense in May. Inside the installation visitors will find various opportunities for interaction throughout the entire space including street-level graphics artfully splattered on the façade and a living room recreation. This marks Drew House’s first in-person activation in North America.

March 25, 2022: Lacoste travels to Miami to bring its annual presence to the Miami Open as the official outfitter of the tournament.

Lacoste Opens Hard Rock Stadium Pop-Up for the Miami Open
CREDIT: Courtesy of Lacoste

The festivities kick off with a three-story experiential retail store at the Hard Rock Stadium. The first floor is devoted to a Lacoste boutique, which features exclusive Lacoste Miami Open apparel as well as the looks seen at the Open on your favorite stars, available to purchase at the shop. The second floor debuts Atelier Lacoste, a customization station offering a collection of limited-edition patches and vinyl graphics that consumers can have heat-pressed on select Lacoste apparel purchased on-site. The multi-level experience tops off on the third floor with Chez René Lounge — an ode to the brand’s founder and famed tennis star, René Lacoste, featuring refreshing cocktails and bites to relax, get out of the heat and watch the matches on the big screen.

For those unable to attend the Miami Open, but who still want to get in on the action, Lacoste has teamed up with Miami-based brand and retailer UNKNWN to take over its Wynwood boutique by transforming its on-site basketball court into two touch tennis courts for guests to enjoy. At night, the courts become glow courts, with black lights and UV-activated fluorescent paint, for a fresh and immersive tennis play experience. Customers can stop by to play a few rounds, or check out the limited-edition LCSTE UNKNWN capsule.

March 24, 2022: Balenciaga has opened its first standalone store in Boston.

Balenciaga Opens First Standalone Store in Boston
Balenciaga opens its first standalone store in Boston at Copley Place.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Balenciaga

Located at 100 Huntington Avenue inside the mixed-use Copley Square development, the new store showcases Balenciaga’s raw architecture concept, which reacts and responds to a building’s existing structural elements. According to the brand, chipped, raw concrete façade affixed with Balenciaga’s logo in glowing white lights aims to announce the stark contrast between this space and its polished surroundings. Exposed inner workings, like cables hanging from a gridded ceiling, are visible from outside the large, aluminum-framed windows.

Over 306 square meters (approximately 3,293 square feet) of poured concrete floor underline a greyscale of deliberately unfinished and deconstructed displays, stained wall panels and columns, tarnished metal tables, industrial-style lighting and racks, and distressed fabric benches.

The space acts as a backdrop for the collections—a selection of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, shoes, bags, accessories, jewelry, and eyewear—and for a large, window-facing digital screen that showcases updated Balenciaga content.

March 21, 2022: Giorgio Armani is reopening its Beverly Hills boutique after a complete makeover.

Giorgio Armani Remodels Rodeo Drive Flagship in Beverly Hills, CA
CREDIT: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani

Located at 436 North Rodeo Drive, the 854 square meter (approximately 9,192 square feet) location first opened in August 1988. Today, it remains one of the brand’s largest retail spaces.

For the store refresh, the designer worked with his in-house team of architects to redesign the retail space, drawing inspiration from some of his flagship boutiques around the world, particularly those in Milan and Tokyo. The store front, with a central entrance and two large side windows, now features a decorative motif on the upper part of the iconic glass façade inspired by the palm trees. The entrance, with its double height, is dominated by the imposing staircase, a pre-existing element that connects the various floors.

The ground floor is dedicated to the women’s accessories and eyewear collections, Armani beauty, and Armani Privé fragrances. The next level houses a VIP room, the women’s jewelry collection, evening dresses and accessories, and men’s accessories and eyewear, as well as the area reserved for the formal and Made to Measure collections. For the first time in an Armani boutique, also on this first floor, there is a room dedicated entirely to Made to Order for women. Between the two main floors, a mezzanine offers men’s seasonal collections. The furniture, carpets and lamps come from the Armani/Casa collection.

March 21, 2022: Fendi has opened a new pop-up in the Aventura Mall, just outside Miami, to celebrate its women’s spring/summer 2022 collection.

Fendi Aventura Mall Pop-Up
CREDIT: Courtesy of Fendi

The 576 square foot pop-up features the brand’s spring collection done in collaboration with The Estate and Archive of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos and the brand’s artistic director of couture and womenswear Kim Jones.

Open from now through April 20, the space draws from the vibrant inspiration of the collection, with Lopez’s graphics emblazoned across the exterior of the metal structure. The pop-up conceptualizes vintage billboard displays, with ‘Lopez Girls’ showcased in 3D across the structure. The concept comes to life as the illustrations of ‘Lopez Girls’ represent Lopez’s innovative vision on femininity, diversity, inclusivity, and unconventional beauty. Neutral tones pulled from the art works create a clean palette, juxtaposed against the splashes of colorful red, oranges, and yellow hues of the collection. An all-pink fitting room for clients is also included inside the new space.

March 21, 2022: Fendi has announced the return of the Fendi Caffe at OTL Restaurant in the heart of Miami’s vibrant Design District.

Fendi Caffe Miami
CREDIT: Courtesy of Fendi

Located across from the Fendi boutique at 160 NE 40th St., the café is now open through May 1. In a celebration of the spring season, the new creative concept for the Fendi Caffe draws creative cues from the Fendi women’s spring/summer 2022 collection, and its inspiration from the figurative drawings of fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez.

With a bold sunset graphic in hues of red, orange, and yellow, the Fendi Caffe takes over the outdoor corridors of the restaurant and Fendi boutique. The space is adorned with rainbow graphics, and the sketches of ‘Lopez Girls’ come to life in 3D billboard sculptures. The tables embrace the ‘70s aesthetic, with the colorful sunset graphics topping each surface. The theme is continued throughout with custom Fendi table settings and takeaway elements, as well as decorative details for the menu’s food and beverage. The hand-sketched version of the FENDI logo inspired by Lopez’s original work for the brand appears throughout elements of the café.

The Fendi Caffe menu includes a fusion of local and Italian favorite breakfast and lunch items, as well as beverages including a signature FF logo cappuccino served in porcelain cups decorated with Fendi’s signature Pequin striped motif.  An evening aperitivo menu will also be offered. Sweet and savory bites will include special FF logo toast and paninis, as well as a variety of pastries and baked goods in special Fendi packaging.

March 18, 2022: Allbirds has opened a new store and community center in New York City’s Flatiron District.

Allbirds NYC Flatiron store
CREDIT: Eric Petschek

This is the brand’s third store in New York and 41st globally, with locations across North America, Asia, and Europe.

The new 7,100 square foot store, located at 120 Fifth Avenue, speaks to the brands’ sustainable focus. Displays around the shop call attention to the merino wool, sugarcane, tree, and other materials that its products use. The design of the store itself also evokes the natural world, with custom wood try-on chairs and displays, and uniquely shaped mirrors. Customers can see the carbon footprint of each product clearly displayed – a first for the fashion and footwear industry, and a hallmark of Allbirds’s approach to sustainability.

The new location includes nods to the local New York community like laces inspired by the squirrels of Madison Square Park; a store-specific pin that pays tribute to the iconic Flatiron building; a service bar made from Hempcrete and Douglas Fir.

March 15, 2022: Minnesota-based Red Wing Shoe Co. is going high-tech. The 117-year-old company is introducing an AI-driven Ultimate Fit Experience to its more than 500 retail stores. The service consists of a 3D foot scanning technology powered by Volumental, which is enhanced by the personalized service of Red Wing’s Certified Fit Specialists, who will help customers select the perfect boot, insole and sock by assessing their work environment conditions and safety requirements. Volumental’s 3D scanner takes 16 foot measurements in less than 5 seconds to create a dynamic foot scan, which provides a visualization of gait and pressure points. The foot scan is then combined with retail purchase data and custom AI-driven technology to provide tailored recommendations for future purchases across the Red Wing portfolio. Customers can also use the foot scan information to get insole recommendations from Superfeet and or purchase customized 3D printed footbeds.

March 8, 2022: Prada has taken over the windows at Bergdorf Goodman’s Fifth Avenue flagship with a new colorful display. According to the Italian luxury brand, the backlit surfaces in the windows feature a sequence of bright alternating stripes in contrasting colors, while a neon sign provides a new interpretation of the iconic Prada triangle logo. Plus, the brand’s interior spaces within the store have a similar look. The special design, dubbed “Prada Tropico,” is a nod to the brand’s special collection of the same name which includes silk blouses, mini, calf-length and full skirts, vibrant pajama inspired looks and casual men’s shirts and shorts. The same hues are repeated in the accessories: striped hats constructed with raffia, nylon, and cotton drill materials. Leather, Saffiano, and raffia bags are also included. Prada’s new Bergdorf Goodman windows are now live now through March 22.

Prada Tropico at Bergdorf Goodman NYC
CREDIT: Arrogant Watcher

Feb. 28, 2022: REI Co-op is set to open its first store in Nebraska in the fall, which will be located at 21209 Nebraska Crossing Dr. in Gretna. The door will span 22,000 square feet and feature a full-service bike shop, gear rentals, its buy online-pick up in store service, curbside pickup and virtual outfitting. According to REI, there are 21,000 co-op members in Nebraska, and there are more than 14,000 members in Gretna, Lincoln and Omaha. With the opening, REI stated it expects to hire roughly 50 employees for the store, and the retailer is accepting applications online.

Feb. 24, 2022: British streetwear brand A-Cold-Wall* has made its entry into the Korean retail landscape with two concept shop-in-shops to be unveiled across the first quarter of 2022. The first shop will open inside the Hyundai Coex department store in Seoul.

A-Cold-Wall Opens First Korean Outpost at Hyundai Coex Department Store in Seoul
CREDIT: Courtesy of A-Cold-Wall*

Located on the third floor of the department store, the new 60 square meter (approximately 645 square feet) shop is part of Hyundai Coex’s international designer boutique division.

A-Cold-Wall* designer and founder Samuel Ross’ background in industrial design informs the shop’s aesthetic, drawing on the brand’s established visual codes to create a space which offers an expansive selection of clothing, accessories, and exclusive product. Inspired by CAD frameworks, the display’s linear forms and graphic lines intersect with softly rounded signage, branding rendered in both bracket logo and uncondensed type.

Unique to the shop, artist and designer Lee Kwang-ho has been commissioned to create a series of bespoke pieces for the Hyundai shop-in-shop. Reimagining everyday objects with a playful approach, Kwang-ho juxtaposes traditional handcrafts with 3D printing techniques.

This expansion is powered by the brand’s partnership with fashion consultancy and importer Modern Work. The partnership, inked in 2021, will also see the label open a second Seoul shop-in-shop this March in Lotte Department Store, Jamsil.

Feb. 22, 2022: Allbirds has opened a new store and community center in Carlsbad, Calif.

Allbirds Opens Store in Carlsbad, Calif.
Inside Allbirds’ new Carlsbad, Calif. store.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Allbirds

Located at 1923 Calle Barcelona, the 2,810 square foot space is the footwear brand’s second store in the San Diego area and 37th globally.

According to Allbirds, the new store speaks to the brand’s sustainable focus, which has driven its development and use of natural materials in replacement of petroleum-based synthetic fiber. Displays around the shop call attention to the Merino wool, sugarcane, tree, and other materials the brand utilizes.

The design of the store itself also aims to evoke the natural world, with custom wood try-on chairs and displays, and uniquely shaped mirrors. Customers can also see the carbon footprint of each product clearly displayed.

The new location includes nods to the local community including a store-specific pin featuring the Yellowthroat Warbler bird, a special Bird of Paradise shopping bag, and a service desk made of FSC-certified wood.

Feb. 18, 2022: John Lobb has popped up in Courchevel, France.

John Lobb pops up in Courchevel, France
CREDIT: Julien Regnier

True to its outdoor origins, the footwear brand is taking the slopes of Courchevel 1850 from now through Feb. 23 with an outdoor pop-up hosted by the Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges. According to the brand, the new pop-up celebrates the hotel’s recent partnership with John Lobb in offering specialized shoe care services to its guests.

Located at the foot of the Bellecôte slope leading to the hotel, John Lobb has constructed an illuminated wooden refuge with a selection of styles from the ready-to-wear and homewear collections. For this pop-up, two exclusive models are available, a shearling-lined version of the iconic ‘Alder’ walking boot and the ‘Sommet’ snow boot inspired by an archival style from the 1940s, handmade in five copies in the John Lobb Made-to-Measure Atelier in Paris.

Hotel guests and vacationers will be able to enjoy demonstrations of John Lobb’s bespoke expertise by its Master Bootmakers on their way out of the slopes, or simply enjoy a hot English cocktail provided by the brand.

Feb. 15, 2022: Diesel has opened the doors to its new flagship store in the SoHo neighborhood of NYC.

Diesel SoHo Boutique
The main floor of Diesel’s new SoHo boutique.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Diesel

The two-level shop, located at 122 Spring Street features a new design crafted by the brand’s creative director Glenn Martens. Exposed brick and a stripped back design is key to Martens’ concept.

The ground floor boasts a sprawling, bright space with bone-white and signature red walls, which recall Diesel’s red logo. Furthermore, factory-like galvanized metal racks line the perimeter of the store, while lucite shelving, modern-industrial modules and ample seating can be found throughout the open shopping area. Sculptural elements are interspersed throughout the space, adding depth and texture to the openness of the room and its timeless appeal, representing a slice of life that captures scenes of the everyday.

At the ground level, there is a space dedicated exclusively to Diesel Library, the brand’s responsible denim collection that takes a genderless design approach and offers a wide range of evergreen and longer-lasting denim items. The Library is surrounded by an oversized LED wall, which features a CGI landscape that gently morphs in color and form.

Diesel’s new SoHo store features Martens’ spring/summer 2022 runway collection, along with spring’s pre- and main collections. New York City will be followed by refreshed store openings in major cities worldwide. This year’s rollouts include new flagships in Tokyo Ginza, Shanghai Grand Gateway and Paris Saint Honoré.

Feb. 14, 2022: Tyler, The Creator made an appearance at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills on Friday to open the new pop-up shop of his label Golf le Fleur*.

Tyler, The Creator opens Golf le Fleur* pop-up at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills
CREDIT: Stefanie Keenan for Neiman Marcus

The pop-up, dubbed “Café le Fleur*,” showcases the label’s “French Waltz” fragrance, nail polishes, and accessories collection. The installation reimagines the now-iconic blue house that served as the store at the brand’s December launch in Malibu.

“As we continue to bring new, innovative, and entertaining retail experiences to our customers, we’re energized by this partnership with the remarkable Tyler, The Creator at our Beverly Hills store,” said Lana Todorovich, president and chief merchant officer at Neiman Marcus. “We believe our customers will fall in love with both Tyler, The Creator and the Golf le Fleur* collection the moment they step into this engaging, immersive installation.”

The pop-up is now open through Feb. 27.

Feb. 11, 2022: Moncler has moved its Chicago boutique.

Moncler Relocates Chicago boutique
CREDIT: Richard Cadan Photography

The new shop, located at 59 East Oak Street, is now at home on the city’s famous Gold Coast shopping neighborhood. Designed by architects Gilles & Boissier, the 3,550 square foot boutique blends Moncler’s distinctive mountain-inspired heritage with modern references to American architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The new boutique carries the latest from Moncler Collection, Moncler Grenoble, Moncler Genius and Moncler Enfant. It is characterized by a series of rooms that are defined using solid antique wood with rough painting, mural coffers in stone, wallpaper, and mirrors, while the façade is made of travertine stone and black veined marble.

Feb. 10, 2022: Burberry has unveiled an immersive spring/summer 2022 experience at its flagship store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. According to the British heritage brand, the transformational takeover aims to create a journey through spaces that are unique and unexpected in their sound, texture, and experience.

Burberry Launches Rodeo Drive Takeover
CREDIT: Courtesy of Burberry

The takeover is based on the brand’s chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci’s presentation ‘Animal Instinct’, inspired by the idea of shifting between infinite possibilities of fantasies and realities. The exterior facade of the building is enveloped by a kaleidoscopic abstract print, evoking forms of camouflage in bubble gum pink, black, and white – a reference to the vivid, curved prints that feature in the womenswear and menswear collections. A sculptural topography glistens through the window displays as a backdrop to runway looks, evoking fantasy.

The story continues inside, from sculptural topography to stacks of mirrored speakers climbing through the interior staircase. In the penthouse, there is an intimate viewing room where the presentation film plays on a floor-to-ceiling screen with surround sound audio pivoting between music, wind, and nature – illustrating Tisci’s vision for the collection.

An Instagram filter will also bring the flagship storefront to life in new ways. Vibrant patterns emerge referencing the abstract camouflage print immersing customers in the spring/summer 2022 Rodeo Drive takeover.

Feb. 2, 2022: Allbirds has opened its first store in Charlotte, N.C. in the city’s South End neighborhood. This is the footwear company’s 36th store globally.

Allbirds Charlotte
CREDIT: Courtesy of Allbirds

Located at 100 West Worthington Avenue, the 2,964 square foot space focuses on the brand’s sustainable mindset with the use of natural materials instead of petroleum-based synthetic fibers. According to Allbirds, displays around the shop call attention to the merino wool, sugarcane, tree, and other materials that are used in its products. The design of the store itself also evokes the natural world, with custom wood try-on chairs and displays, and uniquely shaped mirrors. Customers can see the carbon footprint of each product clearly displayed – a first for the fashion and footwear industry, and a hallmark of Allbirds’s approach to sustainability.

The new location includes nods to the local Charlotte community including the Eastern Grey Squirrel Laces, Northern Cardinal Bird Wooden Pins, Carolina Lily Flower Tote Bags celebrating the North Carolina state wildflower, and the Refloated and Reclaimed Sinker Cypress Wood Service Bar.

Jan. 28, 2022: LoveShackFancy will open its first retail location in Greenwich, Conn. this weekend. This marks the twelfth store for the brand, which has other boutiques in California, Florida, New York, and Texas.

LoveShackFancy Opens Connecticut Boutique
CREDIT: Simon Lewis

Located at 113 Greenwich Avenue, the jewel box-inspired shop opens to an ethereal arch of florals leading customers to a pink dreamworld interior. Greek-inspired fluted columns divide the silk-padded lined space while custom, hand-painted bows adorn the floor.

With hand-selected French and Swedish furniture and Garden of Versaille silk curtains, LoveShackFancy said it wants its customers to feel “as if you’ve stepped right into your favorite fairytale.” The space also features pastel pink ceilings and a floral embossed amorie showcasing a vintage ribbon and mini skirt bar.

“I’ve always loved Greenwich and am elated to have our very own LoveShackFancy boutique on Greenwich Avenue,” said Rebecca Hessel Cohen, founder and creative director. “We had this desire to bring a feminine and enchanting fantasy world to life through idyllic floral arches, vintage furniture, silk paneled walls and contrasting pinks from top to bottom. I am so excited to see the girls of Greenwich strutting around town in their minis and maxis.”

Jan. 18, 2022: Amiri has opened the doors to a new flagship store in Miami.

Amiri Opens Miami Flagship
CREDIT: Kris Tamburello / Courtesy of Amiri

The two-story, 1,972-square-foot store at 106 NE 39th Street in the city’s Design District marks the designer brand’s fourth retail location in the U.S. and the third to open since last fall. The store was designed by CEO and and creative director Mike Amiri in partnership with Paris design studio NOCOD and architectural design firm TwoOneTwo. Its all-white facade and contemporary art and craft sensibility is intended to work well within the neighborhood.

The ground floor is devoted to men’s ready-to-wear, footwear and accessories, while the second level carries womenswear. In addition to the core collections, the Miami store also offers an exclusive capsule designed to speak to the Art Deco hues of the neighborhood and the city’s tropical feel. Inside a monolithic spiral staircase built in white concrete defines the architecture, drawing smooth curves that nod towards the city’s modernist character, while suspended brushed stainless-steel rails alongside solid wood details pair natural and industrial materials.

Jan. 13, 2022: San Antonio Shoemakers (SAS) has opened the doors to its new showroom at the World Trade Center building in Dallas, Texas. Located in Suite 13614 on the 13th floor, the showroom welcomes retailers to view the most recent collection from the Texas-made footwear brand. The showroom will be open during each apparel and accessory markets throughout the 2022 calendar year: March 22-25, June 14-17; Aug. 23-26; Oct. 25-28. In addition, SAS will show during the men’s show seasons: Jan. 29-31 and July 30-Aug. 1.

Jan. 12, 2022: REI Co-op will soon have a distribution center in Lebanon, Tenn., which is expected to open in fall 2023. The purpose of the center — which will sit on 41 acres at 1400 Murfreesboro Road and span 400,000 square feet — is to support its East Coast growth, as well as its growth in the Midwest and the South. REI said the location, which will house roughly 280 employees, will reduce shipping times for online purchases and support more than 70 of its stores. The retailer confirmed via statement that it has more than 267,000 lifetime members in Tennessee and approximately 5.6 million REI members in the service area of the distribution center. REI also stated the Lebanon distribution center is being built with leading sustainability and technology features, and the facility will address the life cycle of carbon impacts by using 100% renewable, 100% electric energy and will operate as a zero-waste facility.

REI Co-op Lebanon Tennessee distribution center
A rendering of REI Co-op’s new Lebanon, Tenn., distribution center, slated to open in 2023.
CREDIT: Courtesy of REI Co-op
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