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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.

Aug. 9, 2022: Abercrombie & Fitch has launched a new store design “inspired by the brand’s intention of making every day feel as exceptional as the start of a long weekend.” The new getaway-themed aesthetic is a stylish nod to a chic hotel lobby, designed to prioritize omni-channel shopping and provide customers with an immersive interpretation of the Abercrombie experience of today. Refinement and relaxation punctuate the new getaway-themed retail spaces, which include elevated fixtures and furnishings, striking wood accent walls, and styled spaces dedicated to the categories Abercrombie is most known. The retailer recently celebrated the opening of its first two getaway concept stores—a new location at Los Angeles’ Del Amo Fashion Center and another outside Milan in the Il Centro Shopping Center. Abercrombie plans to open multiple getaway-concepted stores around the globe through the remainder of the fiscal year, with even more planned for 2023.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Abercrombie & Fitch

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Aug. 9, 2022: The Athlete’s Foot (TAF) announced on Monday that Joe Delphry, a TAF franchise owner since 1999, will be transitioning his seven stores to The Dahir Group. Dahir will be taking over the reins of the Atlanta, Ga. (Atlantic Station), Charleston, S.C., Winston-Salem, N.C., and Portsmouth, Newport News, and Suffolk, Va. stores as of July 1, 2022, bringing its store count to 20 locations. “We thank Joe Delphy for letting TAF be a part of his life and his family for 23 years,” Matthew LaFone, president and GM of Americas at TAF, said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in his next endeavor and look forward to working with Shady Dahir on his new locations.”

The Athlete’s Foot.
CREDIT: Courtesy of The Athlete's Foot

Aug. 4, 2022: Dior has opened a new pop-up in Beverly Hills, Calif. dedicated to the French luxury brand’s winter 2022 men’s collection. Upon entering, shoppers are transported to the Alexandre III bridge, a dreamy Parisian setting. This location is one in a series of openings globally including an installation at Dior’s New York Flagship boutique on Fifth Avenue. The iconic Pegasus sculpture, which will be featured exclusively at the Beverly Hills location, is created using a 3D printer to capture even the smallest of details and then finished with gold leaf. Lights in the entry tunnel and inside on the bridge will flicker on and off. To finish the setting, walls will feature imagery of the Parisian skyline alongside a curved LED screen showing the winter ‘22 campaign video. Located at 362 N. Rodeo Drive, the Beverly Hills pop-up is now open through Sept. 19.

Outside the Dior Men’s pop-up on N. Rodeo Drive.
CREDIT: Erik Undehn

Aug. 1, 2022: Dee Ocleppo-Hilfiger is opening a pop-up shop in Mykonos, Greece, this week. A selection of spring ’22 styles from her namesake brand will be on display starting Aug. 5, and through the rest of the summer season, at The Alchemist. Items featured include the newly-released Barolo bucket bag, Bey leather lace-ups, Helen flats and Capri-style sandals, as well as the Pandora pumps and Dizzy Logo mules. In addition, a selection of cashmere crewneck tees with the signature embroidered initial and silk palm-print pajamas will be offered alongside limited-edition designs from collaborations with beachwear brand Melissa Odabash.

July 26, 2022: Academy Sports + Outdoors’ growth journey to open 80 to 100 new stores over the next five years continues with its new store opening in Panama City, Fla. The new Panama City location marks the second of nine new stores Academy will open this year and one of three stores currently planned for Florida. Located at 820 W. 23rd Street, the 55,000 square-foot store brings approximately 60 new jobs to the community, the retailer said. Grand opening festivities will be held Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 and customers can look forward to exclusive deals, giveaways, a pro-angler appearance, and take advantage of Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday, which goes through Aug. 7.

The footwear area of Academy Sports + Outdoors new Panama City, Fla. location.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Academy Sports + Outdoors

July 26, 2022: A-Cold-Wall has opened its first store in China. Located in the Taikoo Li Sanlitun shopping district in Beijing, the new store will set the tone for the label’s presence in the region as the brand expands into the Chinese retail landscape. The Beijing opening marks the start of a program of store launches and events specifically aimed at the local consumer. Designed in-house, the Beijing store is saturated in a primary volt blue, a palette chosen specifically for the region. Founder and designer Samuel Ross’ product design background lends the space a distinctly industrial feel; modernist references visible throughout as systems, codes and modularity are echoed in both the store’s architecture and the garments themselves. Drawing an aesthetic and conceptual link to A-Cold-Wall’s global locations, X-frames become a signature element.

Inside A-Cold-Wall*’s new Beijing, China store.
CREDIT: OUFEI

July 26, 2022: Nordstrom Rack will open new stores in Bradley Fair, a mixed-use complex in Wichita, Kan. and in The Terrace at Hamilton Place in Chattanooga, Tenn. next spring. The 28,000 square-foot store in Bradley Fair will join the open-air shopping district featuring more than 50 shopping and dining destinations including Barnes & Noble, Sephora, Pottery Barn, Gap and Trader Joe’s. With the addition of this new location, Nordstrom will operate two Nordstrom Rack stores and one Nordstrom store in Kansas. The 24,000 square-foot store in The Terrace at Hamilton Place will join the open-air shopping center that features retailers including Academy Sports, DSW, Ulta Beauty and Old Navy. With the addition of this new location, Nordstrom will operate three Nordstrom Rack stores and one Nordstrom store in Tennessee.

July 25, 2022: Amiri has opened a new store in Tokyo. Located at 5-3-27 Minami Aoyama Minato in the city’s fashion district, the 155.6 square meter (1,675 square foot) store spans two floors and offers the full range of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections, accessories, footwear and leather goods. The store also offers an exclusive Tokyo capsule collection, reimagining Amiri’s signature bones stack motif in the red and white of Japan’s national flag across hoodies, tees, sweats, swim trunks and a trucker hat. Led by CEO and creative director Mike Amiri in collaboration with Parisian design studio NOCOD, this new location furthers the brand’s presence in Asia alongside the previously announced Shanghai flagship – the brand’s first international opening as part of an ambitious global retail roll out. Renzo Rosso’s OTB Group and Staff international assisting as licensees, will help with distribution in the new market.

Inside Amiri’s new Tokyo store.

July 25, 2022: Burberry has opened a new womenswear store at the Bal Harbour Shops in Miami, Fla. Located on the lower level of the luxury destination, the store was designed in collaboration with architect Vincenzo De Cotiis and features a selection of the women’s spring/summer 2022 pre-collection including a range of sandals and heels to the Arthur and Ramsey sneakers. Taking inspiration from the evolution of the signature Burberry Check, the design concept couples mirrored ceilings with intersecting metallic grids and roaming monochrome tiled chequerboard floors, each reflecting one another and creating a sense of openness. At Bal Harbour, the Burberry Check is reflected on both the exterior and interior, with the store facade featuring a blend of stone and champagne metal arranged in the signature house pattern and finished with a subtle black edging. The core colors of the Burberry Check – beige, black, white and red – are explored throughout and in a variety of textures, from concrete and ceramics to high-gloss finishes, juxtaposing brutalist elements with luxurious materials to create a distinctly modern feel.

Inside Burberry’s new women’s store at the Bal Harbour Shops in Miami, Fla.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Burberry

July 21, 2022: Fendi has opened its first boutique in Madrid, Spain. The 140 square meter (1,500 square foot) shop is located within El Corte Inglés Castellana, one of the most important department stores in the city. It offers the Italian luxury brand’s full women’s collection from ready-to-wear to bags, shoes and accessories. White hand-made ceramic tiles with a reinterpretation of the FF logo designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the fall/winter 2013 collection wrap the façade of the store. Moving to the interiors, a central special element creates a circular and surprising organization of the space. Every wall of the cube is featured by perspective cuts created with the alternation of white Arabescato marble and ivory pozzolanica. All around the perimeter of the store, metal niches with hand-made ceramic background showcase bags, accessories and shoes, while the ready-to-wear is presented on champagne metal tubular structures.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Fendi

July 21, 2022: Isabel Marant has opened a new flagship at 677 Madison Avenue, the biggest store in the company’s fleet. The 2,950-square-foot store replaces an uptown store at 23 East 67th Street and joins another New York boutique at 469 Broome Street in SoHo, which Marant has had for 12 years. Known for her bohemian nonchalant style, Marant opened her first store in Paris in 1998 and today has 66 stores globally, 10% of which are franchises. There are eight stores in the U.S. The new two-level store carries women’s ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, accessories, jewelry and sunglasses, as well as menswear, which was introduced four years ago. Some 20% of the new store will be dedicated to menswear. Designed by Marant and an in-house architecture studio, the store’s main floor showcases Isabel Marant mainline, accessories — bags, jewelry, sunglasses and some shoes — while one flight up is the shoe section, Isabel Marant Etoile, a women’s secondary line, and Isabel Marant Homme.

A view of the Isabel Marant store at 677 Madison Avenue in New York.
CREDIT: DOUGLAS LYLE THOMPSON/COURTESY OF ISABEL MARANT

July 19, 2022: Saks has unveiled a new pop-up shopping experience in the heart of Aspen. Located at 516 East Hyman Avenue, the 2,000 square foot pop-up features an eclectic mix of women’s and men’s fashion from brands including Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Bottega Veneta, Chloé, Celine, Farm Rio, Isaia, Johanna Ortiz, Khaite, Kiton, Loewe, Missoni, Off-White, Staud, Versace, Zimmermann and more. The shop also provides access to on-demand personal styling and fashion advice from Saks Stylists, as well as digital touchpoints allowing customers to seamlessly browse and shop on Saks.com. The destination also includes Instagrammable moments, an ice cream cart from local purveyors and complimentary Saks-branded dog treats. The Saks Aspen Pop-Up features an unparalleled assortment of luxury fashion including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, swim, accessories and jewelry, in addition to on-demand personal styling and shopping services from Saks stylists. To celebrate the opening of the pop-up, Saks will host a VIP weekend in Aspen with influencers, tastemakers and top clients from Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, July 24. The shop will remain open through Friday, July 29.

Inside Saks’ Aspen pop-up.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Saks

July 18, 2022: Prada has opened a new store in East Hampton, N.Y. Located at 2 Newtown Lane, the 1,600 square foot store features the Italian luxury brand’s men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, leather goods, footwear and accessories collections. The temporary store is framed by a sequence of large windows and features ivory-and-green striped carpet and walls with the same graphic. The surfaces are defined by a sequence of alternating stripes in contrasting colors, while a neon sign provides new interpretations of the Prada triangle logo.

Inside Prada’s new East Hampton store.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Prada

July 18, 2022: Maceoo will open a new outpost on Level 2 of the Boulevard Tower inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas resort later this month. The 1,500 square foot space showcases the menswear brand’s range of men’s footwear, T-shirts, hoodies, joggers, sweaters, shorts, sportscoats and assorted accessories. The interiors feature the brand’s signature royal blue motif and lion’s head logo, custom-created displays made of wood from Brazil, black matte leather chairs, elegant fitting rooms, murals, pop art décor and a spectacular 20-foot chandelier. Maceoo CEO and designer Maceoo Mehdi Raad said that following the uncertainty of pandemic lockdown, the company has rebounded with tremendous growth as it opens new stores in Dubai, Florence, Paris, Monaco, Seoul, and major hubs in the U.S. in the next twelve months.

Inside Maceoo’s new Las Vegas outpost.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Maceoo

July 15, 2022: John Elliott has opened the doors to his fourth store – this time in Aspen, Colo. The 974-square-foot boutique at 535 East Cooper Avenue features the brand’s men’s and women’s collections, showcasing artisanal leather pieces, Japanese denim, core Los Angeles made sportswear, a complete Italian-made footwear program, and Italian tailoring. Taking elements from Elliott’s existing retail locations, the store expands off design language architect Stephan Wiemer developed and helped define in Los Angeles, Miami, and SoHo. Japanese matte white tile lines an organically curved back wall, framed by floor to ceiling mirrors for added depth. A continuous fixture display, first developed in New York, allows for an open, piazza-style framework to browse garments. A new lighting grid is the first exploration of a design that will be rolled out in future stores. “This store is important because of its location,” said Elliott in a statement. “It’s in a highly visible area of a town that has a true luxury network. The by-product is that we’ll have the ability to tell stories with new and exclusive products that’s directly influenced by the climate and unique surroundings that can only be found in Aspen.”

Inside John Elliott’s new Aspen store.
CREDIT: Courtesy of John Elliott

July 15, 2022: Ross Dress for Less is expanding its footprint in North Carolina with a new store opening in Clemmons on July 16. The store, which spans 18,500 square feet, is located in Village Square at the corner of Interstate 40 and Lewisville Clemmons Road. The new store will bring the retailer’s total in North Carolina to 49, and 1,668 throughout the country.

July 14, 2022: Thom Browne has opened its first retail footprint in France at private members club EPI in Saint-Tropez. Located at 1128 Route de L’Epi along the beach, the 500 square-foot space features the brand’s signature ready-to-wear, tailoring and accessories alongside limited-edition EPI branded goods. Designed by architect Flavio Albanese of ASA Studioalbanese, the shop mimics the brand’s Miami flagship in lighter tones to compliment the EPI’s minimalist wellness and sport inspired retreat aesthetic. The Thom Browne Tennis Pro Shop is now open by appointment only.

Inside Thom Browne’s new Saint-Tropez store.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Thom Browne

July 14, 2022: Sergio Rossi has opened its new flagship store in the Milan fashion district. Located at Via Spiga 26, the 150-square-meters store (approximately 1,600 square feet) spans two floors and was designed by Cristina Celestino Studio, where architecture and art meet fashion. Inside, shoppers can find a single-tone material box where the display furniture and seats are portrayed against a black carpet and glazed ceramic tiles. The shoes, meanwhile, are featured through a glass and mirror exhibition structure with black metal profiles. “For Sergio Rossi this opening represents a new and important step in its history that, as part of Lanvin Group, it is consolidating important growth results and new openings around the World,” CEO Riccardo Sciutto, said in a statement.