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Anne Klein to Hit the Hamptons

NEW YORK — Anne Klein may have lost head designer Charles Nolan last week, but that isn’t stopping the company from pushing forward with its retail plans.<br><br>The sportswear and accessories firm is slated to open its second freestanding...

NEW YORK — Anne Klein may have lost head designer Charles Nolan last week, but that isn’t stopping the company from pushing forward with its retail plans.

The sportswear and accessories firm is slated to open its second freestanding store in East Hampton, N.Y., at the end of this month, WWD has learned. The store will occupy the former location of the DKNY store on Newtown Lane, which closed at the end of December.

The 2,000-square-foot space is designed to be a smaller version of Anne Klein’s year-old flagship in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan. It will carry Anne Klein New York apparel and accessories, as well as a selection of decorative accessories not manufactured by the company.

“East Hampton is the perfect next step for us as we continue our freestanding retail expansion,” said John D. Idol, chairman and chief executive officer at Kasper ASL, Anne Klein’s parent company.

The brand is eyeing other locations for freestanding stores, including Chicago and Beverly Hills, Idol said. The flagship was projected to reach sales of about $2.4 million, and Idol wouldn’t give exact sales information, but said the store performed better than expected.

This story first appeared in the April 10, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.