NEW YORK — On the eve of its 10th anniversary, The Shops at Columbus Circle is doing some housekeeping.
With some newly vacant large space resulting from the closure of the 10,000-square-foot The Samsung Experience store and a 26,000-square-foot Borders Books, Music and Movies, the urban mall is bringing bridge and fast fashion to its upper levels. Borders and Samsung closed in October and January, respectively.
On Tuesday, H&M said it will open a 21,000-square-foot, two-level unit at the mall this fall, the first in Manhattan with a men’s shop with a dedicated entrance. H&M will occupy a portion of the former Borders space on the second floor and Samsung on the third. It joins Christopher Burch’s new format C. Wonder, which will open an 8,000-square-foot flagship at The Shops in September, taking over about one-third of the former Borders space. RELATED STORY: H&M April Sales Fall 10% >>
Daniel Kulle, U.S. president for H&M, said the store will be the retailer’s first on the Upper West Side and noted that the unit will sell women’s, including lingerie, underwear and accessories; men’s, and children’s clothing for newborns up to kids age eight. “H&M believes very strongly in the New York City market,” Kulle said.
With 20,000 to 30,000 square feet of space expected to come on line in the next few years, The Shops is moving toward its goal of adding more luxury brands to the tenant roster. “Going forward, the ground level will move in much more of a luxury direction,” said Kenneth Himmel, chief executive officer of Related Urban, developer of The Shops at Columbus Circle, which is part of Time Warner Center. “As you move up, you have J. Crew, H&M and Eileen Fisher. You’re getting into very good bridge and popular retail. On Fifth Avenue, you can see the enormous mix of retailing. There’s Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Fendi, Prada, Uniqlo, Abercrombie & Fitch and H&M. It’s a very democratic process today. I look at zoning our project that way. ”
L.K. Bennett, the London-based company that opened a store on The Shops’ ground floor in April, is an example of the type of retailer Related is after. A black leather dress costs $1,011; leather trousers, $700, and a leather Nicole handbag is $439. “The leading luxury players are up 40 percent in sales and doing about $2,300 per square foot,” said Webber Hudson, executive vice president of Related Urban, citing Boots, Thomas Pink, Stuart Weitzman and Tumi. Other stores do more than $1,600 a square foot. “The road map is in luxury,” Hudson said. “This tells me that I should be going to the next level. There is an opportunity to continue to deliver fashion moving into the luxury price point.
“I’m going to continue to build into women’s predominantly,” Hudson said. “We’re working on a jewelry deal as part of a larger discussion. There’s a possibility that we’ll come in with a few brands under one umbrella,” he said, suggesting an agreement with a multibrand luxury group such as PPR or LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)