NEW YORK -- Spazio Romeo Gigli will be the latest designer store to hit the trendy shopping district in Vancouver, British Columbia, when it opens Thursday.
Vancouver has become a Pacific Rim hub for Asian travelers and a dock for major cruise ships, and has attracted a number of key designer shops, including Versace Istante and Versus boutiques. These are owned by Zole Fashion Group, franchisee of the Gigli store.
Spazio Romeo Gigli is 1,500 square feet, at 769 Hornby St. The designer is expected to attend the opening, which will include traditional Chinese lion dances, folk music from India and a fireworks and light show, according to a spokesman for Zole.
Gigli, who studied architecture, collaborated with designer Pasquale Calandra on the store's interior, which features oak- and beechwood-paneled walls, multicolored lighting and tasseled cushions.
The boutique will carry the Romeo Gigli collections for women and men, as well as accessories and fragrance.
It is Gigli's second shop in North America; a unit opened in Manhattan on East 64th Street just off Madison Avenue in 1990.
Executives declined to comment on a projection, but industry sources estimate the boutique should generate in excess of $1.5 million in its first year.
According to a spokesman for Zole, the company plans to open one new boutique each season and has been actively approaching designers.
Zole is opening a shoe and accessories boutique next door to Spazio Romeo Gigli in October. It will be filled with Italian designers such as Fendi.
The company is owned by Liza Choi and Ernest and Spencer Wong, Hong Kong apparel manufacturers.
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