By  on August 6, 2008

NEW YORK — Michael Kors’ Collection world is growing in leaps and bounds. The designer is embarking on an ambitious retail rollout that will mark his first European store in Milan, Collection boutiques in Palm Beach, Fla., and Chicago, an expanded store at the Americana in Manhasset, N.Y., and several shop-in-shops nationwide. The Milan unit will also kick off a European retail strategy with plans to open 25 Collection stores across the continent over the next three years. “With so much negative talk going on about the state of fashion and the state of the economy, our business is really strong right now,” Kors said Tuesday. “Particularly when we open a store in a city, not only do we do a lot of business, but we also see that the business gets better with existing stores [that sell Collection] in that city.” On Sept. 23, Kors is scheduled to open a 1,100-square-foot-boutique at 14 Via Sant’Andrea in Milan, having taken over the flagship space from Victor & Rolf. The store will be opened in a collaboration with Gibo, which produces Kors’ designer sportswear collection. The company will also open a 2,400-square-foot-boutique at 226 Worth Avenue in Palm Beach this November, followed by a 2,400-square-foot store on the ground floor of the 900 North Michigan Shops mall on Michigan Avenue in Chicago in fall 2009. “With Palm Beach, I feel like it’s a homecoming,” said Kors. “A lot of people look at me and say, ‘You don’t have a store in Palm Beach?’ So much of our clientele spends a good part of the winter season there. It’s really our first resort store. I have always loved designing resort and things that have a resort mentality, and Palm Beach is one of the few places left on earth where a jeweled $800 bikini is a basic.”


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