Subway stations are gaining steam as destinations for better retailing, not just newsstands.
As part of a new Metropolitan Transit Authority program to bring new tenants to the underground, elevate the ambience and increase revenues, within the last few weeks, Uniqlo opened a pop-up shop in Manhattan’s Union Square station and L’Oréal installed high-tech vending machines at the Bryant Park station.
And this month, the MTA announced Shop//Stop, an upcoming marketplace at the Columbus Circle subway concourse, under Eighth Avenue from 57th to 58th Street. The MTA is teaming with Oases RE, a development company, on the project, which would be situated before the turnstiles so you can shop without swiping a MetroCard to get in. Columbus Circle is considered the fourth busiest station in the system.
“The marketplace is part of a subway concourse, however, we feel people from all over will visit by if they are not taking the trains,” said Lisa Rosenthal, managing director at Lansco, which is the leasing agent for Oases RE. “We are planning on having an area available to retailers to introduce new concepts — as Uniqlo is doing in Union Square and L’Oréal is doing at the Bryant Park subway station.”
The shops will range in size from 200 to 700 square feet, with a total of 13,000 square feet. “We expect we will have lot of grab-and-go food in the best in category,” Rosenthal said, citing coffee, yogurt, cupcakes, sushi, spices and nuts as among the possibilities. “It will all be packaged. We are not making it so you can eat in the subway. It’s more so you can eat in the office or at home or in Central Park. Think of it as an underground food market,” inspired to a degree by the market in Grand Central Terminal. “It’s going to have a cohesive design,” Rosenthal said. “It’s going to be fun.”
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion