The venerable New York-based specialty store will open a nearly 10,000-square-foot store at the new CityCenterDC development next spring. This will mark the first U.S. addition for the retailer since it was acquired by Mitsui & Co. in late 2012. Paul Stuart operates a 60,000-square-foot flagship on 45th Street and Madison Avenue in New York as well as two units in Chicago on LaSalle Street and Oak Street. Outside the U.S., there are two Paul Stuart flagships in Tokyo — in Aoyama and Ginza — as well as about 100 in-store shops in department stores and outlet centers throughout Japan. When Mitsui acquired Paul Stuart, the Japanese conglomerate said it would expand the store’s presence in the U.S. and Asia.
The CityCenterDC store is being designed by Charles Sparks + Company, the architects for Paul Stuart’s Chicago locations. Charles Sparks also works with Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, MoMA Design Store and the Art Institute of Chicago. The new store will feature a clean, contemporary design using glass, bronze, marble and zebrano wood and include a lot of open space, according to the retailer.
Paul Stuart has long eyed Washington as a logical city for expansion. According to president and chief executive officer Michael Ostrove, “D.C. makes perfect sense for us; it is a city that values style, refinement and sophistication over the constantly shifting vagaries of fashion. We believe that our unique and definitive approach to Anglo-American men’s wear — and the fact that we value quality and substance in every aspect of our business — will be particularly well received in the District.”
CityCenterDC is located just east of the White House on the 10-acre footprint of the former Washington convention center. It offers 2.5 million square feet of condominiums, apartments, offices, public spaces, hotel, restaurants and shops. Other retailers who have signed on to open, or are already operating at the center, include Hugo Boss, Burberry, Kate Spade, Longchamp, Tumi and Zadig & Voltaire.
Paul Stuart was founded by Ralph Ostrove and his cousin Norman and celebrated its 75th anniversary last year. The name is registered in more than 30 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, all controlled by Mitsui.
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