ASPREY OPENS IN MIAMI: Earlier this month, British luxury goods firm Asprey opened a 200-square-foot store at the Setai hotel in Miami. This, the firm's third U.S. store, will offer jewelry, silver, gift items and exotic leather goods. Prices in the store range from $160 for small leather goods or key chains to $37,000 for a purple crocodile bar set with sterling silver and crystal martini glasses. An Asprey spokeswoman said, "The Setai offers Asprey the perfect venue in Miami to reach our clientele in their world. We like reaching our customers where they live and where they vacation." Asprey has flagships in London and New York and brand outposts in luxury markets such as Beverly Hills, Saint Moritz, Switzerland, and Dubai. A Tokyo boutique is slated to open next month. On Feb. 1 the firm will host a charity fashion show for 300 women at Mar-a-lago.
VALENTINO, MITSUI END JOINT VENTURE: Valentino SpA said Monday it had acquired 100 percent of its Japanese subsidiary, after buying out local partner Mitsui and Co. Ltd. Valentino, which is a unit of Valentino Fashion Group SpA, purchased Mitsui's 49 percent holding in Valentino Japan Ltd. for an undisclosed sum. Mitsui set up Valentino Japan in 1974 with two other Japanese companies. Valentino bought 51 percent of the business in 2004. In Monday's statement, Valentino said the buyout was in line with its strategy to develop the Japanese market, which accounts for 10 percent of company sales.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"