By  on September 5, 2008

Visitors to Oliver Spencer’s West Village boutique may have noticed some construction of late. The Brit isn’t making any sweeping changes to the Victorian decor, but there’s going to be a minor facelift to the 810-square-foot store: Spencer is adding a second dressing room. And it’s going to be one for the ladies.

That’s a big change for the London-based designer who, for the past 18 years, has been entrenched in the men’s wear market. He launched a bespoke tailoring label called Favourbrook back in 1990 and followed that with a sportswear line, Oliver Spencer, in 2002. It’s the latter that’s getting the women’s wear expansion this year. After starting with a small capsule collection for this fall, the designer is taking the full plunge into the market with a 30-look lineup for spring 2009. “I already have the cutting rooms and the ability to make the clothing,” he notes, “so it was quite easy for me.”

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