BucketFeet, a footwear e-tailer that is expanding further into the brick-and-mortar space, has signed its first long-term lease for a third retail location in Bucktown, Chicago.
The company, which calls its stores studios, sets up its stores as part showroom and part retail space. It works with the the designs of a new artist each month for its footwear collections for men, women and children. That artist’s original works are also highlighted as part of the décor on one of the studio’s walls, a move that fosters both information and an emotional connection between consumer and artist.
The Bucktown store is expected to open within the next two months. It is also the second store opened this year. The company’s Nolita store in Manhattan opened last month. There are a total of three stores in existence. The first studio was opened in August 2013, also in Chicago on State Street.
The company plans to open at least three more studios this year, including international locations in Asia. Separately, a summer pop-up is planned for Taipei, as well as a year-long pop-up in Hong Kong. The company is also considering pop-up locations in London and Amsterdam for this year.