By  on May 2, 2012

When English designer Nicholas Kirkwood opened his first store last May in London, it was with the plan to expand to New York within a year. “We made it in just under 10 days,” said Kirkwood in a phone interview last week, a few days before he traveled here for the Friday store opening, at 807 Washington Street.

Kirkwood, who launched in 2004 and remains independently owned, said he decided on the Meatpacking District after scouting sites in SoHo, where he couldn’t find a street to suit him, and uptown, where spaces were on the small side. The New York store was implemented on what Kirkwood said was the immediate success of his London boutique. “It really started working and supporting itself right from the start, so it sped up the [retail] process.”

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