Look What's Just Popped UP!
From New York to London, the month of September will see a series of Pop-Up stores opening to celebrate achievements past to present or to herald the launch of a new fashion collection.

Gap and Rachel Roy are just two names that are scheduled to open Pop-Ups this month.

From Thursday the 10th of September, Gap will celebrate 40 years of heritage, with an unique Pop-Up store based in Kingly Court off London's famous Carnaby Street.

The store will showcase a collection of exclusive denim styles and artist collaborations including: Pharrell Williams, Pierre Hardy, French artist Garance Doré and live music from VV Brown and Taio Cruz.

For those of you jetting over to New York for their fashion week, Rachel Roy's 1,900 square foot store, will house a selection of products from Rachel Roy's diffusion line including: sportswear, footwear, handbags and jewellery. The store design will include vintage dress forms throughout the space and an area dedicated to renown tag artist SenOne.

The store will be open to the public, for a limited time, at 111 Spring Street (between Mercer and Greene) in New York City's SoHo neighbourhood from the 9th of September to the 16th of September. Opening times are: 11am-8pm, Monday to Saturday and 10am-8pm on Sunday.

A series of special events are scheduled during the week that the store is open.

Visit: Carnaby Street | Gap | Rachel Roy | Rachel Roy @ Macy's Stores

Harrods opens Georg Jensen Concession and offers Customers a change to buy A limited edition Wild at Heart Orchid with vase

Another Gem Blooms in Harrods
There will be plenty to celebrate in Harrods on Monday the 6th of July. The Danish lifestyle and jewellery brand Georg Jensen, opens its concession in the luxury Knightsbridge department store, with celebrations that will see the brand collaborate with London's most distinctive florist, Wild At Heart.

Georg Jensen's 40ft concession offers an extensive range of products from the leaf bowl in stainless steel which retails at £25.00, through to signature heritage pieces including the Henning Koppel Fish Dish in sterling silver which retails at more than £100,000.

From the 24th June fabulous creations from Wild at Heart's signature bouquet collection — as well as an array of fresh, seasonal cut flowers — will go on sale at an exclusive new 'shop' on the Ground Floor.

The 100 year old brand and famous florist will be offering customers an exclusive opportunity to purchase a Wild At Heart Orchid costing £75.00 beautifully presented with a Free Georg Jensen Maria Flower Pot worth £69.00.

The Georg Jensen, Maria Flower Pot is very modern in its design, and functions as a flower pot and a vase accentuating the versatile attributes of the design. Designer Maria Berntsen says: "The reflection in the steel and glass gives an exciting effect." She continues, "The transparent transition to the flower also gives the flower pot an exciting expression."

But, alas, you will have to hurry, the offer is available to the first 25 customers only*.

Visit: Georg Jensen | Harrods

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Christopher Le Suavé 'Save Anna' T-Shirt

Pictured above: Christopher Le Suavé 'Save Anna' T-Shirt

'pop-in' to your local Pop Store™
If you love edgy designer brands and haven't been to a Pop-Store™, you soon will. The phenomenon that has been delighting fashionista's (in the know) of their existence, are to become more accessible to us all.

The transient British concept is preparing to bring a clutch of über cool fashion brands to Brent Cross Shopping Centre London, from the 23rd of June — for just eight weeks.

The store will consist of under-exposed designer labels in an altogether different retail environment.

Fashion always craves individuality, so prepare yourself for a revolution led by the 'Save Anna' T-shirt; a cult offering from New York City-based art director Christopher Le Suavé. Designer T-shirts have become one of the key items for the season, as they can be worn under the plethora of sculptured jackets (or with distressed jeans), on sale. Also, LA's vintage-inspired Wildfox brand boasts an enviable celebrity following including: Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus. UK based street-wear brand FOURHOLES and the innovative, revivalist Australian sunglasses brand Le Specs; are among the other clothing/accessory labels on offer. The store will also benefit from a selection of jewellery designers like: Eat Your Feet (who count Kate Moss and Sadie Frost as fans); Love from Hetty & Dave and Timex 80 — a retrospective glance at the digital watch.

Unlike other Pop Up stores, Pop Store will be moving around major shopping centres in the UK, promoting its cool fashion labels and transforming interiors from shop-to-shop.

Venue: Brent Cross Shopping Centre
Address: Heddon, London, NW4 3FB | Tel: 020 8202 8095
: Brent Cross Shopping Centre | Pop-Store

Rick Owen Store Debut's in London Rick Owen 64 South Audley Street, Mayfair London
  Rick Owens Store Opens in London
It was the opening we have all been waiting for . . .

London finally got it's very own Rick Owens boutique, at number 64 South Audley Street, Mayfair, on Wednesday the 18th of March, with a further floor of designer bliss scheduled to open next week. (Week commencing the 12th of April).

Housing all of his collections like: men's and women's clothing, Rick Owens Lilies (a diffusion line of classic style re-interpreted in jersey for women only); Darkshadow (DRKSHDW) Denim for men and women; and Palais Royal (Owen's fur and exotic leathers line including accessories); the store — in design and concept — capitulates his no fuss ethic.

Spanning two floors, one on street level and the other one below, the store features a raw concrete finish, sharp lines and edges with miniaturized scaffold poles (as clothes rails), that do not distract from his great designs.

Worth the wait.

Address: Rick Owens 64 South Audley Street, Mayfair London W1K 2QT

Tel: 020 7493 7145

Visit: Rick Owens

Lalique and Haviland Boutique Facade Conduit Street London
  LalIque and Haviland add prestigious Sparkle to Conduit Street
Conduit Street is set to sparkle under the glare of world renown crystal manufacturer Lalique and prestigious porcelain maker Haviland's flagship store, at 47 Conduit Street, London, W1.

Housed in a classic Georgian townhouse, the global brands will present their luxury creations that benefit from a tradition founded on producing exceptional quality, yet functional pieces for the home as well as jewellery.

Formed after Suzanne Lalique (daughter of René) met and married Paul Haviland (head of the famous Limoges porcelain line), their union changed the course of history for the two companies, resulting in the couple making an incredibly creative partnership, with Suzanne able to flourish as a designer of porcelain, as well as of glass.

Lalique Crystal RingOver the year's, prestigious artists such as: Cocteau, Dali and Kandinsky; have all created designs for the Haviland brand which has graced the homes of such historical icons as: Abraham Lincoln, Jacques Chirac and Emperor Guillaume II of Germany. Today, Haviland remains a pioneer in porcelain technique combining tradition with modernity and classic re-editions with the most stylish and contemporary creations. All pieces are of the highest quality and entirely hand made.

Silvio Denz, CEO of the Swiss company Art & Fragrance, acquired Lalique in 2008. By September 2008, Art & Fragrance took on board Paris-based Financière Saint-Germain (FSG) — a private family holding company of the Amouyal family — as a strategic shareholder for Lalique. Today, FSG owns the renowned French manufacturers Haviland porcelain.

Lalique Haviland Boutique 47 Conduit Street, London W1S

Visit: Lalique | Haviland

Store OPeningsThe Sunny Side of the Street
If Sloane Street seems to be radiating a vibrant glow lately, then it would be because a new Missoni store has taken up residency.

The first of its kind in the UK, the stand-alone store features menswear, womenswear and homeswear collections across three floors, in surroundings that expertly show off the design genius for which Missoni is renown.

“The UK customer has always demonstrated a great appreciation for the Missoni product and brand heritage. Consequently we have made the exciting decision to open the first Missoni UK stand-alone store. We are extremely excited about this addition to our store portfolio and look forward to being part of the vibrant and cosmopolitan London scene,“ said Mr Gasparini, CEO of Missoni.

Missoni was founded by Italian couple Tai and Rosita Missoni more than fifty years ago, since then the luxury label has become one of the world's most prominent fashion houses.

Missoni 193 Sloane St, London, SW1X 9QX | Tel: 020 7823 1906

: Missoni

Westfield: a Shoppers deLight
The Village Shopping Centre in West London W12 by Westfield LondonIf you thought the future of shopping was the internet, The Village (the new shopping centre to inhabit West London's Shepherd Bush area by Architect Michael Gabellini of US Practice Gabellini Sheppard) — has other ideas.

Welcome to their interpretation of a shopping village. 25,000 sq m of it, presented over two floors of designer shopping heaven.

For your indulgence, the shopping centre has conjured up an eclectic mix of luxury brands and high street shops, that possess an opulent air boosted by aesthetic features (like shimmering chandeliers and breathtaking walkways), that lead you to flagship stores and designer boutiques from the likes of: Jil Sander and Giorgia Armani.

Likely to become a blueprint of other shopping centres the world over, The Village has purposed a new shopping paradise for devotees of style.

The Village opens on Thursday 30th of October 2008.

Visit: Westfield London W12

Mamas & Papas plans further store openings
  Mamas & Papas plans further store openings
Designer nursery brand Mamas & Papas, is to open four new stores in a major new retail expansion program.

The new stores will be Westfield in West London, Gallagher Retail Park in Birmingham, Capital Retail Park in Cardiff and Victoria Square in Belfast. The openings are in addition to the Nottingham store planned for November '08 at Giltbrook Retail Park.

Marek Laskowski, Managing Director of the retail arm of Mamas & Papas commented, "This new phase of store launches represents the ambition within Mamas & Papas to build on current success and meet the ongoing demand by our customers. A Cardiff store has been long over due in our retail portfolio and the additional stores in the Midlands and London demonstrate the scale of demand for our products and services. The Belfast store is an opportunity for our Northern Ireland customers to experience our collections in full and no longer have to travel to our Dublin stores and purchase in Euro."

The new store launches will create more than 150 new jobs in the retail sector and with the brand announcing a +46 per cent uplift in fashion sales for the Spring/Summer period against the same period last year, further store launches look to follow in 2009 as demand for the brand increases.

Visit: Mamas & Papas

Banana Republic Model wearing S/S 08 collection Picture used to annouce the opening of new Regent Street Store
Pictured above: Navy Cap Sleeve Double Breasted Jacket, Yellow ¾ Sleeve Cardigan, Navy Floral Embroidered Mini Skirt, Brown Skinny Snake Skin Belt, Brown Leather Tote and Chocolate Brown Leather Strappy Sandals

London's position as 'the' premiere capital of fashion, has been reinforced by yet another opening of a flagship store.

Not long after H&M unveiled its new flagship store on London's Regent Street, Gap has opened its Banana Republic store; the company’s first European flagship store based in the heart of London’s west end in Regent Street.
Stephen Sunnucks, President, Gap Inc. Europe comments, “With its affinity for fashion and luxury products, London has the potential to be a strong market for Banana Republic, and our customers in Europe have expressed a great deal of interest in us bringing the brand here. This is an exciting first step for Banana Republic in Europe.”

The 17,000 square foot store — consisting of three floors of retail heaven — houses Banana Republics women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections, accessories and personal care products.

In renovating this flagship space, Banana Republic retains the building’s rich history while combining contemporary and traditional elements to evoke the brand’s essence of affordable modern luxury.

Delivering elevated design and luxurious fabrications at affordable prices, Banana Republic presents a range of great working wardrobe solutions. The new Regent Street store also introduces Monogram — a new collection of wardrobe builders and statement makers that represent the very best of Banana Republic. Each item is created in limited quantities using the finest fabrics, most refined techniques and meticulous attention to detail.

It is hoped the newly opened store will become ‘the’ shopping destination for Londoners and visitors alike.

Banana Republic 224 Regent Street, London W1B 3BR

Visit: Banana Republic [20 March 2008]

Pictured above: Jean Charles de Castelbajac's Bold Website
French designer, Jean Charles de Castelbajac is to open a London flagship store at 50-51 Conduit Street in February 2008.

The store will be designed by Christian Ghion, who also designed the celebrated Castelbajac Paris flagship.

The new store will stock the entire range of Castelbajac's products including his fashion collections, luggage, sunglasses, shoes, headwear and stationery.

Jean Charles de Castelbajac, has been designing and creating high quality men's and women's apparel and accessories for more than 30 years. His signature pieces include the teddy bear coat, Iceberg's cartoon sweater and the first quilted coat in 1972. His first collection was shown in 1973 and his visionary styling inspired the fashions of military, shooting and utilitywear. He founded the controversial denim brand Jesus Jeans in 1975 and has also designed for Sportmax, Maxmara, and Ellesse.

Numerous celebrities, including Madonna, John Lennon, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger and recently Rufus Wainwright and socialite Tara Palmer Tomkinson have worn his designs. Other projects include Farrah Fawcett's costumes in Charlie's Angels and dressing the Pope for the National Youth Day celebrations in Paris in 1997.

From April to July 2007 the Musee Galliera in Paris held a retrospective exhibition of Jean Charles de Castelbajac's work over the past 30 years entitled 'Gallierock', which was sponsored by the City of Paris. Castelbajac has also exhibited at London's historic Victoria and Albert Museum.

Visit: Jean Charles de Castelbajac

Benetton Opens New Concept StoreBenetton Opens New Concept Store
Undercolors — the Benetton Group’s underwear, beachwear and nightwear brand — is to expand its glamorous store concept, across the world, through the opening of 30 new stores in 2007 and 50 more in 2008.

Gloss uses colours, forms and fittings to highlight the brand’s more sophisticated and feminine identity and, a new store layout, that clearly distinguishes Undercolors two lines — Fun and Charme.

The programme of new Gloss-Undercolors store openings, first began in Barcelona last August, and has quickly developed to include 15 new shops in major Italian and European cities including: Florence, Venice, Rome, Warsaw and Athens. Fifteen more stores, including Madrid and Lisbon, will open in 2007.

Visit: Benetton Group

GÈrald Genta opens paris boutique

Pictured above: Francesco Trapani, CEO of Bulgari and Gerald Roden, CEO of Gérald Genta
  GÈrald Genta opens paris boutique
Friday, the 26th of October 2007 marked the opening of the world's very first Gérald Genta boutique, located on the famous Rue de la Paix, in Paris.

In the course of the evening, Francesco Trapani, CEO of Bulgari and Gerald Roden, CEO of Gérald Genta, welcomed more than 140 people to the new flagship store.

The party began with a tour of the boutique, a chance to discover all the collections, and a presentation of museum pieces organised especially for the event — followed by a cocktail party held in the "Orchid Salon" at the Park Hyatt Hotel.

Renown for inventive and unconventional timepieces, the luxury brand was founded in 1969. Today, exhibiting the exact same spirit it possessed in its early years, the Gérald Genta collections continue to 'shake-up' the traditionally discreet and classic world of Haute Horlogerie.

In 1979 the company received the highly coveted "Poináon de Genéve", a symbol of excellence and perfection in high-end movements. Today, Gérald Genta is the only Haute Horlogerie brand offering exclusively complex movements combined with an avant-garde design. Using innovative materials, coupled with ingenious technology and highly complicated movements, Gérald Genta timepieces are worn by cosmopolitan and non-conformist watch enthusiasts.

In June 2000, the Bulgari Group acquired Gérald Genta S.A.

Visit: Gérald Genta

FrostFrench logo
Sadie Frost and Jemima French who have opened their first store

Pictured above: Sadie Frost & Jemima French
British designer label FrostFrench, has opened its first London store in Islington’s Camden Passage.

The 1,500 sq ft store offers customers the chance to purchase everything from the latest collection, along with a variety of handpicked accessories.

Collaborating with award-winning retail design company Brinkworth, the FrostFrench team have worked tirelessly to create a store that offers the perfect retail environment for the brand, as well as maintaining that all important FrostFrench character.

Alice Adamczewski of Brinkworth says, “Using the girls individual personalities as inspiration we have managed to successfully captured the unique qualities of the brand, creating a highly contrasting environment that combines high glamour and sophistication with a hint of surrealism.”

The new store is a completely different setting compared to normal High Street shops. With quirky items of furniture adorning the floors and walls, the interior has an eclectic style, combining the stark contrast between old and new, in that unique cheeky, yet humorous FrostFrench manner.

Sadie Frost and Jemima French said of the opening: “It had to be London for the first store, as we’re fiercely proud to be a UK fashion label and Islington seemed the obvious choice for two North London girls. We think we’ve found the perfect store location and can’t wait to make our mark on it.”

Address: 22-26 Camden Passage, London, N1. Tel: 020 7354 0053 |
: Frostfrench
American Apparel New Store
American Apparel has opened its new store on Kensington High Street, London. As a result, the store is offering 10% off purchases, until the 31st of August 2007, when you print off the coupon from the American Apparel website.
Address: 40 Kensington High Street London W8 4PF | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7795 4490
Opening Times: Monday-Saturday 10.00-20.00 | Sunday 12.00pm-18.00pm | Visit: American Apparel

Kylie Minogue in 'H&M Loves Kylie' Range

Pictured above left: Kylie Minogue in 'H&M Loves Kylie' Range

H&M flung open the doors of its pristine new four-storey shop in Shanghai's bustling Lu Wan shopping heartland, on Thursday the 12th of April 2007. The crowd of shoppers, who had been waiting since early morning, quickly escalated to more than 700 people. And when the store opened at 11am they rushed to get in and get a hold of H&M's own collection, involving of-the-moment fashion and wardrobe essentials for men, women, teens and children, as well as the just launched limited edition "H&M Loves Kylie" line.

The shopping fervour in-store stemmed from a tidal wave of excitement that kick-started the previous night at a fabulous party, where a jaw-dropping performance by Kylie Minogue provided the ultimate fanfare to H&M's arrival in Asia.

Shanghai's glass dome Science Museum was set alight that night, to herald H&M's Shanghai debut as well as the international launch, four weeks ahead of the rest of the world, of the "H&M Loves Kylie" capsule beachwear collection.

The star to spot though, became show-stoppingly apparent. At ten o'clock, to the sound of gongs, the choir (wearing silver H&M tracksuits) filled the steps of a magnificent eight metres high Busby Berkeley-style tiered stage set and Kylie was elevated from below on a twinkling mirrored tower, wearing a specially designed dress by H&M's Head of Design Margareta van den Bosch. As she belted out her "Can't Get You Out of My Head" hit, twenty dancers sporting beach-cool "H&M Loves Kylie" aqua print sarong dresses, bikini tops, head scarves and large shades danced on the silver stage in front of her.

A shower of silver confetti and gasp-inducing fireworks provided the spellbinding finale to a glistening evening.

The new Shanghai H&M store is situated at 645-659 Middle Huai Hai Road.

Film material from the event: Windows Media | QuickTime

Visit H&M

Primark's New Oxford Street Store

primark opens on oxford street
It was 'the opening' fashionistas on a budget had circled in their diaries (the 5th of April 2007) in anticipation. For the retailers occupying commercial space the length and breath of Oxford Street, it was the store opening they were all dreading.

Affordable retailer Primark took up residency at its new 70,000sq ft Oxford Street store to crowds bigger than the 1st day of the Harrods sale.

With clothes prices starting at as little as £2, it was no wonder many camped outside in the hope of buying a piece of spring/summer fashion, without an expensive price tag.

It would seem the site, which many have said is cursed as it has been home to retailing failures such as: C&A and Allders — in the past, has had no such bad luck on Primark — so far. On the contrary, you just have to look at the amount of shopping bags bobbing down the world famous street, to see where everybody is shopping.

Address: 499-517 Oxford Street London W1K 7DA | Tel: +44 20 7495 0420
: Primark

Abercrombie and Fitch's Logo
Picture of Abercrombie and Fitch Model
  Abercrombie & Fitch to open Flagship store on Savile Row
A plane ride to America will no longer be necessary to visit an Abercrombie & Fitch store because, on March 22 at 10:00 a.m., Abercrombie & Fitch will open its first flagship European store at 7 Burlington Gardens in London.

Dealing closely with English Heritage, the store has been developed as a sensitive restoration and conversion of a Grade II* listed building, originally built as a home in 1725. The structure has been added to and altered over its nearly 300-year history, yet architectural features from every stage remain, including the building's original staircase and the vaults from its incarnation as a branch of the Bank of England. The 18-month restoration project includes a series of carefully scaled design elements that unite the Abercrombie & Fitch brand environment with these historical attributes.

Mike Jeffries, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch said, "We are thrilled by the opening of the London store, which will truly become a worldwide flagship. Its location in one of the most historic districts in the retail world will provide an extraordinary showcase for the Abercrombie & Fitch brand."

In 1892, Abercrombie & Fitch began as a small store and factory in New York City. David Abercrombie & Ezra Fitch were dedicated to selling only the highest quality camping, fishing and hunting gear. Distinguished clientele included Theodore Roosevelt, Admiral Robert Peary, Ernest Hemingway, the Duke of Windsor, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.
Abercrombie & Fitch seeks to outfit a new generation of spirited clientele in the United Kingdom.

Visit: Abercrombie & Fitch
Cos S/S 2007 Collection
Pictured above: COS S/S 2007 Collection
  cos style needn't cost a fortune
Looking stylish, from one season to the next, will be easier on your purse now that Collection of Style (COS) is here.

COS, is the progeny of H&M that merges high fashion attributes (meticulous fabrics, finish and fit) with ground level pricing; creating inspirational design that's financially accessible.

Too good to be true, well the reality is that COS has managed to design (with flair) a collection consisting of wardrobe perennials — at attainable prices — for both men and women. Choose from a chic black sack dress with a bold contrast metal zipper running down the back for women or, for men, a butter soft fudge leather bomber jacket with Western stitch detail. Both of which are stunning pieces that compliment a range that possesses lean-cut accessible design, with just a wink of character that lends each garment a modernist edge. As Rebekka Bay COS's Womenswear Designer puts it: "It is fashionable essentials, reinvented classics and the latest trends."

"The focus is quality in terms of the fabrics, fit and finish. It's ready-to-wear level design at high street prices. Plus, there are lots of fundamental pieces, like the perfect fitting piqué polo shirt; crisp shirting; classic T-shirts and cashmere V-necks," adds Michael Kristensen, COS's Menswear Designer.

The new sleekly designed flagship store, by William Russell, opens on the 16th of March in London's shopping heartland — Regent Street. Other store openings will follow in Belgium and the Netherlands at the end of March.

H&M plans to open a further ten stores by the end of 2007.

Prices: Dresses: From €49.00 to €79.00 | Shirts: From €29.00 to €39.00
Blazers: From €79.00 to €125.00 | Trousers: From €49.00 to €79.00 |
Skirts: From €49.00 to €69.00 | Jeans: €69.00 | Party Dresses: From €79.00 to €125.00 | Outerwear: From €79.00 to €225.00 and Leather Bags: From € 125.00 to €250.00.

Visit: COS Stores

Benetton launches new brand Playlife
  Benetton launches new brand Playlife
Benetton, has launched a new PLAYLIFE brand concept located at 36 Corso Buenos Aires in Milan.

The 200-square-metre Milanese store, is spread over two floors were both menswear and womenswear Spring/Summer 2007 collections are displayed together, in addition to a wide range of accessories.

The PLAYLIFE’s store distinguishing trait, is its highly versatile furnishings which will be introduced to each store to give them an individual image/look. The atmosphere in each forthcoming store, will almost be like a private club: you enter the store as an esteemed guest to share your hobbies, passions and secrets!

The first store in Milan, will be rapidly followed by many more new PLAYLIFE outlets in: Rome, Palermo, Florence, Naples, Barcelona, Zurich, Cyprus and Teheran.

Visit Playlife

Picture by: Corso Buenos


The Three Threads
The Three Threads is a new store retailing both menswear and womenswear in Shoreditch, a regenerated area offering über trendy boutiques to urbanites with a keen eye for design.

The name, is formed from three principal parts of distribution company Work In Progress — Carhartt, Edwin and Pointer.

Carhartt, Pointer Footwear and Edwin collections are all well represented along with other brands that have been chosen to compliment them, including the casual favourites: Fjall Raven and Clarks Originals, Andy Muller’s Quiet Life, Toby Shaull’s Suburban Bliss and Tonite.  

The Three Threads, as a clothing brand, will be launched in the next few months and will reflect the changing artwork in the store that draws influences from The Three Threads collective shared interests.

The Three Threads will be the only U.K. stockist of Alakazam (the lifestyle label from Will Sweeney) and the Sydney-based Supply label.  
The womenswear selection concentrates on emerging labels like Built by Wendy.

The 1000sq/ft store is located on Charlotte Road opposite the Princes School of Drawing in Shoreditch.

Address: 47 - 49 Charlotte Road London EC1. | Visit: The Three Threads

A Picture of the Interior of Emperor Moth's new Mount Street Shop
Pictured above:
Emperor Moth's
Mount Street W1 Store
  A Shopping Experience with a Difference
Already a favourite with celebrities in the United States, Emperor Moth (the concept boutique from Russia) has opened a new store on Mount Street in London's Mayfair.

The cult label has charmed and delighted stylish fashionistas around the globe since its launch in 2005 when its creator, the talented and unconventional 28 year old Katia Gomiashvili, started the business.

Currently featuring actress and model Devon Aoki — wearing the embellished velour jacket teamed with stripped socks [see left] to launch the London store and AW06/07 collection — the clothing depicted in the campaign, has certainly made fashionistas sit up and take notice.
As for the ‘Emperor Moth’ London store, it follows the style and character of the Moscow flagship store but this time, the concept has been developed by Ab Rogers Design (ARD). The highly regarded design practice has completed major commissions (in the past) for: Comme des Garcon’s store on rue du Faubourg St Honoré in Paris (FX International Interior Design Awards 2001 Winner — Best Store Design) bespoke perfumers Miller Harris; OZOcar — New York’s first eco friendly car service; and the fashion stores Full Circle and Top Shop.

Absolutely stunning to look at, the striking mirrored ‘bijou’ space consists of ground and basement floors showcasing Katia’s colourful style and unique sense of humour.

Address: 93 Mount Street London W1. | Visit: Emperor Moth

Kenzo Store Opening Garden Party

KENZO Reopens Place des Victoires
The luxury label Kenzo organised a garden party to celebrate the reopening of its Parisian boutique at Place des Victoires, under a concept conceived by its artistic director, Antonio Marras.

The new boutique takes up 550 square meters of space in the historic building, where artisans are hard at work making it a friendly space with its own unique atmosphere.

For the celebration, Place des Victoires was transformed into an immense 1,100 square meter romantic garden, animated by living works of art.

Guests included: Sophie Marceau, Amira Casar, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Felix, Guillaume Canet, and many others.

Visit: Kenzo.

Pictured left: Marion Cotillard and Antonio Marras - Kenzo's Garden Party

Clemmie Myers Lime Green Bow Vintage Boutique

the ultimate dressing up box of every girl's dreams
Set in actress and owner Clemmie Myers beautiful studio on the Kings Road, Lime Green Bow is the latest vintage clothing and accessories boutique in the heart of Chelsea.

From psychedelic dresses to Jackie O’ frames and Capri slims, Myers adept talent at sourcing original pieces has seen her collection burgeon. She says: ‘I am very particular about the pieces I buy, they encapsulate the mystery of vintage clothing and reflect the uniqueness of the individual.’

Open day and night, Lime Green Bow has a diverse clientele following who are attracted by the flexible opening hours and Myer’s dedication to sourcing.

What's more, the boutique offers buyers the prospect of owning original vintage clothing at reasonable prices.

Pictured Left: Limited Edition Velvet Dr Martens designed by Clemmie Myers. Available in jet and deep green with tone on tone ribbon laces. Teamed with skinny jeans and an oversized knit, the boots will become an essential winter must have.

Price: £155 | Lime Green Bow is by appointment only.

: 0207 052 0903 or MB: 07798 602 782

  Monsoon opens new store in Westbourne Grove
Monsoon has opened a new store in a beautiful grade 2 listed building in Westbourne Grove, London.

The 1,553sq ft store has an ornate and intimate boutique feel that has been designed exclusively for the Westbourne Grove store.

Key features of the store include wonderfully eclectic wallpaper, rustic oak flooring and bespoke furniture. The store will house collections from Monsoon Womenswear, Monsoon Originals, Monsoon accessories and Monsoon Childrenswear

Monsoon's founder, Peter Simon, opened his first store in Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, London in 1973. This small store, housed an eclectic mix of beautiful prints and fabrics that he discovered in far away places when travelling. He says: "Our new Westbourne Grove store perfectly captures the bohemian spirit of Monsoon. It is important that the brands constantly evolve and this new store design demonstrates how we are moving the brands forward without losing their true appeal."

The new store is located at 110-112 Westbourne Park.

Pictured left: A dress from Monsoon's spring/summer 2006 collection.

Visit: Monsoon


John_Lewis_DiagramPictured above: Artist Impression of the
John Lewis Oxford Street store


John Lewis adds More Space to shop
Oxford Street's John Lewis department store is to benefit from a £60 million investment programme that will improve your shopping experience.

The store owners hope the new regeneration plans will put the store back on the map as the irresistible destination the same way Selfridges transformation did so for them.

Visually, the plans will transform John Lewis Oxford Street into a large, unified shopping space with uninterrupted views of 20 departments spanning seven floors. The centrally located escalators which currently run through the middle of the shop will be removed to make way for an area of shop floor space, better linking existing selling departments.

The improvements are designed to be completed in just 18 months to incur minimum disruption.

John Lewis

Pictured above: Picture taken for Reiss's spring/summer 2006 Advertising Campaign
Reiss Store Expansion
Quality fashion label Reiss is to continue its expansion programme in 2006.

The British label announced in early January that it is to launch its first Reiss store in Scandinavia, which is due to open at Smalandsgatan 16 — Normalmstorg, Stockholm, Sweden in Spring/Summer 2006.

The Scandinavia store will be joined by other store openings in Bleecker Street New York, USA and three additional sites in London.

London's Vigo Street W1, Islington, N1 and Brompton Road, SW3 (all trendy/fashionable areas) have been named as the three locations for the new Reiss stores.

A Reiss store will also be opening at Heathrow Terminal Three.

Edgy, high fashion style has never been so accessible.

Visit: Reiss

The Vera Wang Boutique at Halekulani
(Photo: Business Wire)

Vera Wang Opens The First-Ever Lifestyle Boutique
Hot on the tail of the globally acclaimed Vera Wang Suite the designer has a gone one step further toward luxury heaven by opening a Boutique at Hawaii's leading hotel the Halekulani.

The boutique (a reflection of Vera Wang's world) offers Vera Wang's luxurious lifestyle collections.

The elegant and intimate Vera Wang Boutique showcases a broad range of luxury gifts representing Vera Wang's core design sensibilities. With a modern and understated colour palette of Vera Wang's signature colors, the boutique integrates the sophistication of her flagship bridal salon on Madison Avenue in New York with the discreet detailing and local accents of the acclaimed Vera Wang Suite at Halekulani.

"I am thrilled at the opportunity to open the first-ever Vera Wang lifestyle boutique at Halekulani," said owner, Donna Bebber. "The collaboration of these two great entities is a union I am privileged to be a part of. I am confident that Ms. Wang's fashion-forward luxury goods, available only at the Halekulani boutique, will ignite a new sense of sophisticated lifestyle to our customer's spirit and home."

The Vera Wang Boutique at Halekulani will offer seasonal promotions during Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, June weddings and the Holiday Season.

For more information please call (808) 921-8100. Toll-free number and website information are forthcoming. Visit: Halekulani or Vera Wang

  aei : kei Opens Riverside Boutique
If you weren't aware before you will be now.

UK based label aei: kei has moved from Notting Hill to their new river front boutique in the Oxo Tower on the South Bank, London.

Visit the site at the link below, to see current examples of their A/W '05 Collection.

Opening hours: Tuesday- Sunday 11 am - 6 p.m
1.08 Oxo Tower Bargehouse Street London SE1 9PHUK
E-mail: or Tel: 0207 928 3555
Visit: aei: kei


Paul Smith opens shop on Albemarle Street, Mayfair
Paul Smith has opened his new Furniture and Curiosity shop at No 9 Albemarle Street, Mayfair.

The shop will have a constantly changing and unexpected combination of treasures. It will house a rich and varied selection of original and unique furniture, objects, art and curiosities sourced from around the world.
While some will be original others will be given a new lease of life with a Paul Smith twist. All items on sale will have in common the fact that they are unique.

The shop is situated on the corner of Albemarle and Stafford Street, just off Old Bond Street in a historical but increasingly dynamic area. [26 October 2005]

Paul Smith

    Magical Transformation at Diesel convent Garden
The Diesel store in Covent Garden has entered a stage of magical transformation, due for completion at the end of August 2004.

Until then you can find the denim collection in a temporary home just around the corner in the Thomas Neals Centre.

The entire Diesel collection can be found at Diesel's flagship store on 72 Kings Road, Chelsea London, SW3.


Pictured above: D&G's Flagship Store
New Bond Street
Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana made public their love of England’s kaleidoscopic and frenzied metropolis by opening their first D&G flagship store at the heart of London’s New Bond Street.

The store, located at No. 53 New Bond Street, consists of a generous 850 square metres distributed over three floors and linked by both scenographic staircases and elevators.

Created by Rodolfo Dordoni, the space remains faithful to the concept of minimalism.

D&G Store 53 New Bond Street
Tel: 00 44-207 495 9250 or Visit: D&G

Pictured above: Chanel Studio in
Harvey Nichols

CHANEL has launched its new generation Chanel Studio in Harvey Nichols, London.

Conceived by Dominique Moncourtois, International Director of CHANEL Make-Up Creation, this unique make-up studio will house CHANEL’s most desirable make-up from all four corners of the world.
The new Chanel studio has been developed for the style savvy, beauty lover, showcasing the International Make-Up Collection in a contemporary environment, which is friendly, playful, interactive, and 21st century CHANEL

Visit: Chanel
Visit: Harvey Nichols
    Paul Smith Women's Shop At The Royal Exchange
In March 2004 Paul Smith are extending their present men's shop at the Royal Exchange to include Paul Smith Women. The women's clothing and accessories will be represented in their own space and will feature a mixture of business and casual clothing along with many beautiful accessories such as bags, underwear and jewellery.

Paul Smith Royal Exchange 7 The Courtyard London EC3V 3LQ
Visit: Paul Smith


Pictured above: Swarovski new
Knightsbridge Store

All that Glitters Is . . . by Swarovski
'Bling', 'Blings' are not the only things creating a stir this season.

The crystal jewellery range available from Swarovski (the leading manufacturer of cut crystals) is now available from their new flagship store in Knightsbridge.

And what's more, the store is conveniently positioned bang in between Harvey Nichols and Harrods. How's that for fashionista courtesy?

Paying a vampish tribute to the trend of luxurious glamour, fashionistas have a new venue to buy their covetable range of jewellery.

Swarovski's 39/41 Brompton Road, London.
: Swarovski's


Pictured above: Piece taken from Jimmy Choo's
S/S '04 Collection
Jimmy Choo has opened a 1,200 square feet boutique on New Bond Street in London.
It is to be the designers second store based in the capital.
The new store will showcase Choo's S/S '04 collection that sees the designer return to the 70's for inspiration.
Shoe devotees can choose from his assortment of peep toe mirror metallic or mother of pearl coated wedges, sexy studded sandals, soft grained leather sling backs or natural fibre shoes.
Tamara Mellon, Jimmy Choo's President, has worked closely with renowned Vudafieri Partners & Lena Pessoa of Deuxl Designers to create a forties inspired boudoir that showcases the shoes and handbag range in a feminine, luxurious setting. Mellon said of the store: "I want it to feel as though you are walking into a lady's dressing room, a woman's boudoir."

Jimmy Choo 27 New Bond Street London W1 Tel: 020 7493 5858
Jimmy Choo
Spring 2004 will see the opening of Matthew Williamson's flagship store at 28 Bruton Street, London.
The store will be managed by Clare Geprynski.

Matthew Williamson 28 Bruton Street London W1J 8QH
Matthew Williamson



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