By  on July 5, 2007

There's no question the contemporary market is booming. And for those designers riding the wave, expansion means not only launching new product categories, but opening their own stores on a worldwide scale.

"For me, I want to open stores in cities that I personally like to visit," said Nanette Lepore, who plans to open units in Chicago at 1625 North Damen Avenue; in Chevy Chase, Md., at 5449 Wisconsin Avenue, and a second Los Angeles store, at 8420 Melrose Avenue — joining her six shops already in operation. The designer's Las Vegas location in the city's Forum Shops remains her best-performing one, bringing in well over $2 million in sales per year.

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