NEW YORK — Michael Kors has set the opening of his second flagship in a new building constructed for the designer in Tokyo.
The store, which will open Feb. 28, will act as the company’s flagship in the Asian market in the same way that the designer’s first store at 974 Madison Avenue, which opened in September 2000, serves as his flagship for the U.S.
“Part of our ultimate goal for collection has always included global retail expansion,” Kors said in a statement. “Our store on Madison has served as the ultimate ‘dress shop,’ and I expect the same to hold true in Tokyo — a place to go for all of our customers’ needs.”
The Tokyo collection store, at 5-3-18 Minami Aoyama Minato-Ku, will carry Michael Kors women’s and men’s wear, as well as accessories. That location is owned in conjunction with Onward Kashiyama Japan, which has had a longstanding relationship with Kors and his companies. Onward Kashiyama is also a partner with Michael Kors LLC in its bridge-priced sportswear collection, Kors, and opened a store for that line on Mercer Street last year.
For the Tokyo space, the company again worked with Daniel Rowen Architects to design the three-level store, which is based upon the look of the Madison Avenue location. The idea is to give the effect of a “gracious living room environment” with Florence Knoll furniture in camel leather, custom metal-bead curtains and a large glass chandelier that serves as the focal point for its design.
While the company will host a press conference in Tokyo next week to launch the new unit, a spokeswoman for Kors said the designer will travel there later this spring to take part in a larger opening event.