CALVIN KLEIN FINDS NEW PARIS LOCATION
Byline: Miles Socha
PARIS — A replacement Calvin Klein Collection flagship is slated to open here in spring 2002.
The new store, at 53 Avenue Montaigne, will replace the previous flagship at 45 Avenue Montaigne, which closed late last year, and incorporate the Klein men’s wear store across the street at 56 Avenue Montaigne, which is slated to close at the end of March.
This confirms a report in these columns Wednesday that Klein was zeroing in on a new location in Paris. The space, in a stately Haussmann-style building, is currently a private apartment.
Klein has indicated in the past that he would like to own his Paris store. However, the structure of ownership is still being worked out, according to a spokesman for the company.
Also, as reported, Klein is said to have a big deal in the works with Italian conglomerate HdP involving the CK bridge sportswear business.
GFT Net, a subsidiary of HdP, currently holds the Calvin Klein Collection men’s license.
The new Paris flagship will house the men’s, women’s and home collection on two floors of roughly equal square footage, unusual for stores on this tony shopping street, where there is often a small main floor and larger shopping areas upstairs or downstairs.
Klein declined to pinpoint the retail square footage, saying only that the space offers some 50 feet of windows for display. But it is believed that the new store will be about the same size as the old flagship combined with the men’s store.
Klein’s 6,000-square-foot flagship opened in May 1997 with a glitzy cocktail party hosted by the designer. He added to his Paris presence in February 1999 by opening the 3,000-square-foot men’s store across the street.
Wednesday’s news marks the end of Klein’s stormy relationship with Alain Adjadj, who held the license for both stores. Adjadj, who operates some 20 designer stores in France and the U.K., had been vocal about the store’s less-than-stellar performance and what he termed lackluster demand for the home collection.