Back on the expansion trail, Lord & Taylor is close to signing a lease for a store in the Ridge Hill mixed-use center in Yonkers, N.Y., according to sources.
The unit could open in spring 2012, sources said. It would represent Lord & Taylor’s first regular-price store opening in 10 years, and indicates that the retailer’s owner, Hudson’s Bay Trading Co., is looking to open additional Lord & Taylor stores.
Lord & Taylor did not comment.
A lease agreement would cap a solid year for the retail chain, which completed a renovation of its Fifth Avenue flagship, opened its first two outlet stores and outpaced the industry with double-digit gains. The outlets are in the Jersey Gardens center in Elizabeth, N.J., and Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Originally, Saks Fifth Avenue signed a letter of intent to open in Ridge Hill but pulled out of the deal, enabling Lord & Taylor to go in.
Ridge Hill, situated just outside New York City, is under development by Forest City Enterprises Inc. Other tenants set to go into Ridge Hill include Whole Foods, Sephora, Dick’s Sporting Goods, L.L. Bean, Orvis, REI, Brio Tuscan Grille, Texas de Brazil, Yard House and The Cheesecake Factory.
Located between the New York State Thruway and the Sprain Brook Parkway, Ridge Hill is scheduled to open in 2011 and include 1.2 million square feet of retail and entertainment, along with 160,000 square feet of office space, according to Forest City.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast