NUCCI’S 1ST U.S. STORE BOWS

NEW YORK — After 25 years building a business in France, bridge designer Renato Nucci has opened his first store here, at 131 Spring Street between Wooster and Greene Streets.
The Italian-born, French-raised designer came to New York to put the finishing touches on the 1,500-square-foot shop, which opened Sept. 25. The store is a joint venture between Nucci and Emanuel Fresko, chief executive of Global Apparel Management, which handles distribution for European fashion companies here.
“It’s very important, as a designer, to be in the U.S.,” said Nucci. “It’s a big dream.”
The main floor of the two-level store features a wall of 10-foot-by-4-foot movable maple panels that can be tilted or slid to change the display. Furnishings are a mix of modern with some Asian antiques, such as a large brass table in the center of the main floor.
The apparel ranges from about $100 for tops up to $700 for jackets or outerwear. Fresko said he’s looking for the store to do about $1.2 million in sales in its first year.
The downstairs area includes a small cappuccino bar “that will also serve champagne,” said Fresko, as well as couches and a large dressing room to encourage customers to relax and enjoy their shopping.
Fresko said that Nucci’s wholesale business is significantly larger than the retail side, which is relatively new.
The line’s main store is on the Rue du Four in Paris. Fresko also said that the company is looking for locations on the West Coast.

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