By  on August 6, 2008

Bottega Veneta has decided to open its first store in the Pacific Northwest at The Shops at The Bravern, a luxury complex scheduled to open in Bellevue, Wash., in September 2009.

Neiman Marcus also is opening its first store in the Pacific Northwest at The Bravern, as previously announced. Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Red Door Spa also recently announced their intentions to open there.

“Bottega Veneta epitomizes the character of The Bravern in its commitment to fashion design, extraordinary craftsmanship and personal service,” said Tom Woodworth, senior investment director with Schnitzer West, developer of The Bravern, which will be Bellevue’s only outdoor upscale lifestyle shopping complex. The Pacific Northwest is considered America’s last bastion of affluence that’s relatively untapped by luxury retailers.

Bottega Veneta sells in select specialty and department stores worldwide, complemented by a growing number of company-owned boutiques. The luxury goods company had 113 stores at the end of 2007, 20 of which were located in the U.S.

Currently under construction and scheduled for completion next year, The Bravern will feature an “outdoor village” with “arrival courts” and European-style piazzas. The 1.6 million-square-foot development will include 305,000 square feet of retail and restaurants anchored by a 125,000-square-foot Neiman Marcus. There also will be two office buildings, which have been fully leased to Microsoft for its new headquarters, and a subterranean garage, accommodating 2,300 Microsoft employees, and between 300 and 500 workers in the stores and service facilities. There also will be two residential condominium towers on the site.

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