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.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)