SWISS MISS: Akris, the Swiss maker of luxury ready-to-wear, plans to christen its third German boutique this fall when it opens a 4,300-square-foot unit in Hamburg at 39 Neuer Wall, often dubbed the Madison Avenue of that city. Akris, which has 11 freestanding stores, also operates in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf. Architect Christopher Sattler, who designed Akris’ recent New York flagship, is planning a curving stone staircase and a horsehair wall for the Hamburg location, which boasts a cast-iron facade. — Miles Socha

CAVALLI’S BOO-BOO: The Hindu customers of Harrods in London are demanding the store remove part of Roberto Cavalli’s collection from their shelves. Customers are outraged by Cavalli’s depiction of the god Krishna on innerwear pieces in the collection. “As a result of several calls from customers, the decision has been made to remove the items from sale — and they will no longer be available,” said a statement from Harrods, which also apologized to customers who were offended by the designs. Cavalli, meanwhile, sent a letter of explanation to the Hindu Council of Great Britain. “The fabric produced by Roberto Cavalli was designed to celebrate Hindu culture and not denigrate it. [It was] a completely innocent idea on our behalf, and something we very much regret.” — Nina Jones

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