Asia Watch: Flagships Flocking…Raging Roppongi…Hong Kong Leather Haul
FLAGSHIPS FLOCKING: Prada and Yves Saint Laurent have signed deals with Hongkong Land to open stores in Alexandra House here in 2004. The move marks Prada’s return to Alexandra House, the high-end office and retail building that has been...
FLAGSHIPS FLOCKING: Prada and Yves Saint Laurent have signed deals with Hongkong Land to open stores in Alexandra House here in 2004. The move marks Prada’s return to Alexandra House, the high-end office and retail building that has been undergoing extensive renovations for two years. At 9,300 square feet, the two-story shop will be the company’s largest in Asia outside Japan. The new Prada flagship will be designed by Roberto Baciocchi and is slated for an early 2004 opening.
Similarly, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche will open a 3,400-square-foot boutique in Alexandra House early next year. The brand is moving from its current location in The Landmark, another Hongkong Land property that is about to undergo refurbishment.
Alexandra House is situated in Central, Hong Kong’s premier shopping and business district. It is joined via elevated pedestrian walkways to the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The Landmark, Chater House and Prince’s Building — all upscale properties owned and managed by Hongkong Land.
Over the past few years, Hongkong Land has been upgrading all its luxury retail properties in Central district. Last year, the company unveiled Chater House, formerly Swire House, which is now home to the largest Giorgio Armani retail presence outside Milan.
The Landmark, which boasts numerous designer boutiques — including Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Tod’s, Kenzo, Valentino and Sonia Rykiel — will also house a boutique hotel to be run by the Mandarin Oriental. Because the renovations to The Landmark are expected to take years to complete, it has left many labels looking for new, if temporary, homes.
Although no statement has been issued, The Landmark renovations affect Prada, too. The brand has a freestanding shoe store in the shopping center as well as a ready-to-wear boutique in Chater House. It has been speculated that those two stores will be merged into the Alexandra House flagship come 2004. — Constance Haisma-Kwok
RAGING ROPPONGI: More than 100 million people have visited Tokyo’s new “Roppongi Hills” area since it opened in late April under the metropolitan city’s $2.3 billion redevelopment project. Now Louis Vuitton plans to join the neighborhood on Sept. 5 with its 47th unit in Japan. The 12,370-square-foot store will be Vuitton’s fourth largest in Japan. Roppongi Hills — which mixes shops, offices, restaurants and a residential area — generated estimated sales of $38.5 million within its first month of opening. It is located about 15 minutes from Tokyo’s Ginza. Dollar figures have been converted from the yen at current exchange. — Koji HiranoHONG KONG LEATHER HAUL: Hong Kong’s Customs and Excise Department reported a record $8.65 million haul of counterfeit leather goods last week, according to reports in the Hong Kong newspaper The Standard.
Acting on intelligence from U.S. Customs, officers of the Ports and Marine Command at Kwai Chung container terminal found more than 6,000 pieces of counterfeit goods in a container bound for New York. Over the next few days, two more containers were examined and found to be holding more pirated handbags, wallets, belts and hats. In total, more than 34,000 pieces of counterfeit leather goods have been seized.
So far, no arrests have been made in the case. Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person importing or exporting goods with false trade descriptions is liable to prosecution. The maximum penalty is a HK$500,000 fine and five years’ imprisonment. — C.H.K.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty