NEW YORK — Pete Nordstrom made his intentions about Manhattan perfectly clear on Monday — he wants Nordstrom to have a presence here.
The president of Nordstrom Inc. outlined several possibilities for the chain, including the Fifth Avenue flagship of Lord & Taylor, which has been put on the block by Federated, as well as exploring the potential for smaller stores and space in SoHo or the Meatpacking District.
"We're certainly interested in being here," Nordstrom said during a luncheon for British designers, including Roland Mouret, Basso & Brooke's Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke, Hussein Chalayan and Matthew Williamson. "If someone had a great location with 100,000 square feet in New York, we'd listen. We would also consider doing small stores elsewhere."
He gave no timetable for opening in Manhattan.
In terms of neighborhoods, Nordstrom said: "We're flexible. We're not locked into any specific neighborhood. SoHo is great. Bloomingdale's showed us what's possible there. I'm sure we'd be open to the Meatpacking District. One thing Jeffrey [Kalinsky, director of designer merchandising for women's and men's at Nordstrom] has talked about is how he took an out-of-the-way neighborhood and made it happen, and that if we picked the right project, we could do the same thing."
Nordstrom was in New York for the Metropolitan Museum of Art gala to celebrate the Costume Institute exhibition "AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion."
"We're moving full-steam ahead with our fashion initiative and our designer initiative," Nordstrom said. "We have a large British presence in our stores."
The chain's last serious discussions involving locations in New York were with the developer of the Shops at Columbus Center, Nordstrom said. And in that case, the economics and fit with the developer weren't right.
The Lord & Taylor site is worth about $360 million, according to analysts. Given the high price of the real estate and the likelihood that the site will become a mixed-use project, Nordstrom said the company probably would have to work with a developer.
As for smaller stores, the company will open in Naples, Fla., in spring 2008 with 80,000 square feet, significantly less than its typical small footprint of about 120,000 square feet.At the lunch, Mouret, who split with his backers in October and hasn't announced his next move, said, "I will make a decision in August or September."
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)