March 12, 2019: Sergio Rossi has debuted its first boutique on Mount Street in London, next to Balenciaga, Christopher Kane, Roksanda and other luxury names. The shop, which spans 1,080 square feet, has been in the works for two years and will replace the former Sergio Rossi store at 207 Sloane St. The space was created by architect Marco Costanzi with an art deco boudoir feel and a muted color palette. In addition to stocking the label’s elegantly crafted women’s footwear, the store will be the first to carry a men’s capsule. CEO Riccardo Sciutto has been busy opening, renovating or relocating stores worldwide, including a pop-up that opened in January in New York’s Westfield Century City mall, and a permanent NYC store is in the works for late spring/early summer.
March 11, 2019: Sneaker Politics will open a new location this summer in Dallas. The 3,400-square-foot store, at 2822 Main St., will sit in the city’s popular Deep Ellum entertainment district. Sneaker Politics currently has doors throughout Louisiana (in Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans) and one in Austin, Texas. Storeowner Derek Curry told FN that while scouting possible storefronts, he noticed that the Deep Ellum district had no major boutiques nearby, but almost everyone was wearing great sneakers. “There was a void in the Dallas market,” Curry said.
March 9, 2019: Las Vegas-based Urban Necessities has brought its consignment concept to New York City, securing space to sell rare and hard-to-find sneakers inside American Eagle. The store on Broadway will stock with footwear curated specifically to the market, including Adidas Yeezy styles and Air Jordans, as well as popular Nike silhouettes such as Dunk SBs and Air Force 1s. To excite shoppers, owner Jaysse Lopez will bring barbers and tattoo artists into the store and introduce the Makers Studio, offering customized apparel. Urban Necessities aims to open at least eight more shop-in-shops with AE. The next is slated to open in Toronto in October.
March 7, 2019: Onitsuka Tiger opened its first store in the U.S. — in a modern, minimalistic 1,100-square-foot space in New York’s trendy Soho neighborhood, with metal fixtures and neon signage (including an eye-catching tiger at the cash wrap). The store, located at 276 Lafayette St., features three categories of footwear: Onitsuka Tiger’s heritage product, its high-end Nippon Made line that’s crafted in Japan and its more trend-focused products. The shop also will stock the label’s its ready-to-wear apparel line, accessories and children’s footwear.
March 7, 2019: Amazon Inc. announced that it is shutting down all 87 of its pop-up shops across the U.S. starting at the end of next month, as it continues to re-evaluate its retail strategy. The majority of the pop-ups appear as standalone kiosks in malls or inside supermarket chain Whole Foods and department store Kohl’s in more than 20 states. Despite the closings, the company said that it is continuing to grow its brick-and-mortar presence through its bookstores and four-star stores, which stock products that have been rated four stars and higher on the site, as well as new and trending items.
March 5, 2019: British men’s label Harrys of London has planted its flag in the Big Apple with a new flagship location in New York City. The store is located at Park Avenue and 57th Street, in order to tap into the neighborhood’s mix of tourists and professionals. Since it was founded in 2001 by Matthew Mellon, Harrys of London has become a go-to among celebrity gents, including Novak Djokovic, Joseph Fiennes and Common, who recently sported a pair on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
March 4, 2019: DSW has teamed up with footwear charity Soles4Soles to give its loyalty customers a trip of a lifetime. As part of the DSW Gives philanthropy program, the retailer is running a sweepstakes now through March 8, inviting its VIP members to enter to win an all-expenses-paid volunteer trip to deliver shoes to people in need in the Dominican Republic. Shoppers can submit their names here. The winners and their guests will be notified this month, and the trip will take place Aug. 15-19. According to DSW, this is the first “loyalty trip” of its kind in the retail industry, and is part of the firm’s mission to create unique experiences for shoppers.
March 4, 2019: Retail guru Ronnie Fieg has a new shop in the works. The founder of Kith shared a sketch via Instagram of a store layout. The caption read, “How @ben.porto and I communicate. New Kith space opening overseas soon.” Ben Porto, who is mentioned in the caption and tagged in the post, is a partner at Snarkitecture, the New York City-based architecture and design collective that has created the look of other Kith stores for Fieg.
March 4, 2019: Merrell and Saucony are building stronger ties to Asian consumers. Parent company Wolverine World Wide Inc. announced it has entered into a joint venture with Chinese sportswear retailer Xtep International Holdings Ltd. As part of the deal, the partnership will involve growing Merrell and Saucony products in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Merrell and Saucony will also be introducing new stores in the region, with the majority set to open in shopping malls across major metropolitan cities in China as well as in neighboring Hong Kong and Macau.
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