The accessories brand Leiber plans to double its retail presence in the next two years, with hopes of opening boutiques in cities including Miami, Houston, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas and Phoenix. The company is also considering a second New York shop, according to a real estate source.
Leiber hopes to open one new location this year and between five and seven stores in 2008. New stores will be between 1,000 and 1,500 square feet in both urban locations and upscale malls or lifestyle centers. It currently operates six boutiques, in New York, Las Vegas and Atlanta, among other cities.
“The company is looking for very high-profile locations with luxury co-tenants such like Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel,”said Karen Bellantoni, senior managing director at Robert K. Futterman & Associates, Leiber’s exclusive real estate broker.
Leiber, which is currently without a chief executive, has recently launched several initiatives including a luxury jewelry collection and a line of bags by stylist Rachel Zoe. The new stores will complement the new mix in merchandise.