NEW YORK — Brookfield Place has signed another fashion tenant to its growing roster: Judith & Charles, a luxury label from Canada. The brand will occupy a 1,150-square-foot space at the property, which is undergoing a $250 million renovation. Other previously announced tenants include Hermès, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Michael Kors and Calypso St. Barth.
Ed Hogan, Brookfield’s national director of leasing, declined to say how much retail space is still available, but noted, “By the end of the year, it will be fully leased.”
Judith & Charles has nine locations in Canada, two franchise units in China and one in Doha, Qatar. The Brookfield Place unit will be its second in the U.S. The company’s first store opened at 1355 Third Avenue here.
Judith & Charles stores feature a collection designed by husband and wife Charles Le Pierrès and Judith Richardson, along with an assortment of brands that complement the collection. For example, there’s 10 Crosby by Derek Lam, Adriano Goldschmied AG Denim, Graham & Spencer, James Perse, Joie, Splendid and Sachin + Babi.
“They’re a very fashionable brand that appeals to a 24- to 40-year-old woman,” said Hogan. “It’s an exciting brand that’s really going to grow in the U.S. Their sense of fashion is very appealing to the working woman.”
Besides retail leasing, which is “in the home stretch,” Hogan said, food leasing is also wrapping up. Five restaurants, whose names have not been released, have been signed. An operator for the 25,000-square-foot Marketplace has been chosen, Peter Poulakakos. The casual dining places include Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, Num Pang and Umami Burger.
Judith & Charles was represented by Laura Pomerantz Real Estate. Brookfield was represented in-house by Hogan and The McDevitt Company.
“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
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