JIGSAW GOES AMERICAN: Jigsaw, the $108 million chain with 40-plus stores in the U.K. and Ireland, plans to open its first U.S. women’s wear boutique on Aug. 9 in Los Angeles’ tony Brentwood Country Mart. John Robinson, founder of the Anthropologie-like concept, and his wife, Belle, creator of children’s wear stores Jigsaw Jr., will attend the debut of the1,500-square-foot space. Jigsaw Jr. will open an 800-square-foot store at the Mart on Sept. 1. The stores are anticipated to generate $2 million in combined first-year sales. — Kristin Young
CO-OP HEADING WEST?: The Barneys New York flagship closed at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., and now the chain is banking that a Barneys Co-op store — targeting younger consumers seeking trendy fashion — will succeed at the megamall, said a retailing source familiar with the deal. Barneys declined to comment. The store is slated to open by spring. Co-op already has units in Manhattan’s SoHo and Chelsea neighborhoods and in South Beach, Fla. A fourth is to bow on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in September and in Chicago’s Lincoln Park area by February. Analysts point to Co-op as the most promising segment in the portfolio of Barneys, which is up for sale. — K.Y.
NEW LOOK: Work started this month at the California Market Center’s 2A wing on 22 refurbished misses’ and contemporary showrooms, including Rep et Trois, Creative Concepts and Tom & Rebecca Sales. The expansion will increase the section to about 70,000 square feet from 20,000 square feet and is to be completed in October. The design’s modern look contrasts muted-color walls with bold streaks of graphics and incorporates industrial materials of masonite and translucent acrylic panels. Coming after the building’s new gift and home floors of the C wing, the project is part of the market center’s long-term, multimillion dollar overhaul, general manager Paul Lentz said. So far, the 3B wing has received an update and 3A goes under the hammer in November. — Nola Sarkisian-Miller
TRADING UP: Responding to market changes on retail floors, the four-year-old Pool trade show is expanding its offerings to include music merchandise, cosmetics and home wares in time for this MAGIC. It’s switched venues from the Las Vegas Hilton to the 20,000-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas to accommodate its 350-plus exhibitors. “Anything you find in a boutique you should find at a trade show,” said show organizer and independent rep Ronda Walker. “The show has become a destination at this point, and we don’t need the crossover from MAGIC too much.” The tactic is similar to the approach pioneered by Designers & Agents, which shows during markets in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. For the first time Pool will also feature a virtual runway: a 10-foot-wide superscreen on which designers can pay to have their clothes modeled on virtual mannequins throughout the show’s run from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. — Marcy Medina
This story first appeared in the July 28, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.