By  on June 15, 2006

NEW YORK — Thomas Pink plans to open its 16th boutique in August in the King of Prussia Mall in King of Prussia, Pa., as part of its strategy to extend its retail reach with freestanding stores.

The company is also eyeing locations in the West, with California, the Northwest and Las Vegas of particular interest even though the brand already has a store in Sin City. Only four months into his job at Thomas Pink, president Robert Dundon said, "We have a full-scale real estate and development plan to expand our retail network in the next five years."

Thomas Pink could possibly double its store count in the next five years, he said.

Women's offerings will account for 30 percent of the merchandise in the new 2,000-square-foot King of Prussia store. Like the Las Vegas and Los Angeles stores, which opened last year, the interior of the Pennsylvania unit will have more of a modern feel with stylish lighting fixtures and a light box display. The company isn't walking away from its "haberdashery heritage, but it is drawing from the old and the new elements." Dundon said.

Thomas Pink plans to round out its women's collection with shirtdresses. The brand also has teamed with British designer Bill Amberg to introduce a leather collection this fall.

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