By  on March 21, 2011

The opening of an international store is usually a cause for celebration. But for Rebecca Taylor, today’s unveiling of a 710-square-foot flagship in Tokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood is tempered by the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11.

“We’ve got a lot of concern for our partners and people in Japan,” said Beth Bugdaycay, chief executive officer of Rebecca Taylor. “Kuipo [Taylor’s license and distribution partner] feels it’s better to have some activity and glimmers of optimism. The overriding message should be that despite the traumatic situation in Japan, which is definitely emotionally draining for everybody, people feel the need to work toward the goals they’ve already set into motion. To stop everything would be even more demoralizing.”

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