Openings & Closings – Footwear News

FN rounds up all the store openings, closings and redesigns happening this month, from throughout the footwear industry. Send your retail news to [email protected]

Feb. 24, 2022: British streetwear brand A-Cold-Wall* has made its entry into the Korean retail landscape with two concept shop-in-shops to be unveiled across the first quarter of 2022. The first shop will open inside the Hyundai Coex department store in Seoul.

A-Cold-Wall Opens First Korean Outpost at Hyundai Coex Department Store in Seoul

CREDIT: Courtesy of A-Cold-Wall*

Located on the third floor of the department store, the new 60 square meter (approximately 645 square feet) shop is part of Hyundai Coex’s international designer boutique division.

A-Cold-Wall* designer and founder Samuel Ross’ background in industrial design informs the shop’s aesthetic, drawing on the brand’s established visual codes to create a space which offers an expansive selection of clothing, accessories, and exclusive product. Inspired by CAD frameworks, the display’s linear forms and graphic lines intersect with softly rounded signage, branding rendered in both bracket logo and uncondensed type.

Unique to the shop, artist and designer Lee Kwang-ho has been commissioned to create a series of bespoke pieces for the Hyundai shop-in-shop. Reimagining everyday objects with a playful approach, Kwang-ho juxtaposes traditional handcrafts with 3D printing techniques.

This expansion is powered by the brand’s partnership with fashion consultancy and importer Modern Work. The partnership, inked in 2021, will also see the label open a second Seoul shop-in-shop this March in Lotte Department Store, Jamsil.

Feb. 22, 2022: Allbirds has opened a new store and community center in Carlsbad, Calif.

Allbirds Opens Store in Carlsbad, Calif.

Inside Allbirds’ new Carlsbad, Calif. store.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Allbirds

Located at 1923 Calle Barcelona, the 2,810 square foot space is the footwear brand’s second store in the San Diego area and 37th globally.

According to Allbirds, the new store speaks to the brand’s sustainable focus, which has driven its development and use of natural materials in replacement of petroleum-based synthetic fiber. Displays around the shop call attention to the Merino wool, sugarcane, tree, and other materials the brand utilizes.

The design of the store itself also aims to evoke the natural world, with custom wood try-on chairs and displays, and uniquely shaped mirrors. Customers can also see the carbon footprint of each product clearly displayed.

The new location includes nods to the local community including a store-specific pin featuring the Yellowthroat Warbler bird, a special Bird of Paradise shopping bag, and a service desk made of FSC-certified wood.

Feb. 18, 2022: John Lobb has popped up in Courchevel, France.

John Lobb pops up in Courchevel, France

CREDIT: Julien Regnier

True to its outdoor origins, the footwear brand is taking the slopes of Courchevel 1850 from now through Feb. 23 with an outdoor pop-up hosted by the Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges. According to the brand, the new pop-up celebrates the hotel’s recent partnership with John Lobb in offering specialized shoe care services to its guests.

Located at the foot of the Bellecôte slope leading to the hotel, John Lobb has constructed an illuminated wooden refuge with a selection of styles from the ready-to-wear and homewear collections. For this pop-up, two exclusive models are available, a shearling-lined version of the iconic ‘Alder’ walking boot and the ‘Sommet’ snow boot inspired by an archival style from the 1940s, handmade in five copies in the John Lobb Made-to-Measure Atelier in Paris.

Hotel guests and vacationers will be able to enjoy demonstrations of John Lobb’s bespoke expertise by its Master Bootmakers on their way out of the slopes, or simply enjoy a hot English cocktail provided by the brand.

Feb. 15, 2022: Diesel has opened the doors to its new flagship store in the SoHo neighborhood of NYC.

Diesel SoHo Boutique

The main floor of Diesel’s new SoHo boutique.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Diesel

The two-level shop, located at 122 Spring Street features a new design crafted by the brand’s creative director Glenn Martens. Exposed brick and a stripped back design is key to Martens’ concept.

The ground floor boasts a sprawling, bright space with bone-white and signature red walls, which recall Diesel’s red logo. Furthermore, factory-like galvanized metal racks line the perimeter of the store, while lucite shelving, modern-industrial modules and ample seating can be found throughout the open shopping area. Sculptural elements are interspersed throughout the space, adding depth and texture to the openness of the room and its timeless appeal, representing a slice of life that captures scenes of the everyday.

At the ground level, there is a space dedicated exclusively to Diesel Library, the brand’s responsible denim collection that takes a genderless design approach and offers a wide range of evergreen and longer-lasting denim items. The Library is surrounded by an oversized LED wall, which features a CGI landscape that gently morphs in color and form.

Diesel’s new SoHo store features Martens’ spring/summer 2022 runway collection, along with spring’s pre- and main collections. New York City will be followed by refreshed store openings in major cities worldwide. This year’s rollouts include new flagships in Tokyo Ginza, Shanghai Grand Gateway and Paris Saint Honoré.

Feb. 14, 2022: Tyler, The Creator made an appearance at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills on Friday to open the new pop-up shop of his label Golf le Fleur*.

Tyler, The Creator opens Golf le Fleur* pop-up at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills

CREDIT: Stefanie Keenan for Neiman Marcus

The pop-up, dubbed “Café le Fleur*,” showcases the label’s “French Waltz” fragrance, nail polishes, and accessories collection. The installation reimagines the now-iconic blue house that served as the store at the brand’s December launch in Malibu.

“As we continue to bring new, innovative, and entertaining retail experiences to our customers, we’re energized by this partnership with the remarkable Tyler, The Creator at our Beverly Hills store,” said Lana Todorovich, president and chief merchant officer at Neiman Marcus. “We believe our customers will fall in love with both Tyler, The Creator and the Golf le Fleur* collection the moment they step into this engaging, immersive installation.”

The pop-up is now open through Feb. 27.

Feb. 11, 2022: Moncler has moved its Chicago boutique.

Moncler Relocates Chicago boutique

CREDIT: Richard Cadan Photography

The new shop, located at 59 East Oak Street, is now at home on the city’s famous Gold Coast shopping neighborhood. Designed by architects Gilles & Boissier, the 3,550 square foot boutique blends Moncler’s distinctive mountain-inspired heritage with modern references to American architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The new boutique carries the latest from Moncler Collection, Moncler Grenoble, Moncler Genius and Moncler Enfant. It is characterized by a series of rooms that are defined using solid antique wood with rough painting, mural coffers in stone, wallpaper, and mirrors, while the façade is made of travertine stone and black veined marble.

Feb. 10, 2022: Burberry has unveiled an immersive spring/summer 2022 experience at its flagship store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. According to the British heritage brand, the transformational takeover aims to create a journey through spaces that are unique and unexpected in their sound, texture, and experience.

Burberry Launches Rodeo Drive Takeover

CREDIT: Courtesy of Burberry

The takeover is based on the brand’s chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci’s presentation ‘Animal Instinct’, inspired by the idea of shifting between infinite possibilities of fantasies and realities. The exterior facade of the building is enveloped by a kaleidoscopic abstract print, evoking forms of camouflage in bubble gum pink, black, and white – a reference to the vivid, curved prints that feature in the womenswear and menswear collections. A sculptural topography glistens through the window displays as a backdrop to runway looks, evoking fantasy.

The story continues inside, from sculptural topography to stacks of mirrored speakers climbing through the interior staircase. In the penthouse, there is an intimate viewing room where the presentation film plays on a floor-to-ceiling screen with surround sound audio pivoting between music, wind, and nature – illustrating Tisci’s vision for the collection.

An Instagram filter will also bring the flagship storefront to life in new ways. Vibrant patterns emerge referencing the abstract camouflage print immersing customers in the spring/summer 2022 Rodeo Drive takeover.

Feb. 2, 2022: Allbirds has opened its first store in Charlotte, N.C. in the city’s South End neighborhood. This is the footwear company’s 36th store globally.

Allbirds Charlotte

CREDIT: Courtesy of Allbirds

Located at 100 West Worthington Avenue, the 2,964 square foot space focuses on the brand’s sustainable mindset with the use of natural materials instead of petroleum-based synthetic fibers. According to Allbirds, displays around the shop call attention to the merino wool, sugarcane, tree, and other materials that are used in its products. The design of the store itself also evokes the natural world, with custom wood try-on chairs and displays, and uniquely shaped mirrors. Customers can see the carbon footprint of each product clearly displayed – a first for the fashion and footwear industry, and a hallmark of Allbirds’s approach to sustainability.

The new location includes nods to the local Charlotte community including the Eastern Grey Squirrel Laces, Northern Cardinal Bird Wooden Pins, Carolina Lily Flower Tote Bags celebrating the North Carolina state wildflower, and the Refloated and Reclaimed Sinker Cypress Wood Service Bar.

Jan. 28, 2022: LoveShackFancy will open its first retail location in Greenwich, Conn. this weekend. This marks the twelfth store for the brand, which has other boutiques in California, Florida, New York, and Texas.

LoveShackFancy Opens Connecticut Boutique

CREDIT: Simon Lewis

Located at 113 Greenwich Avenue, the jewel box-inspired shop opens to an ethereal arch of florals leading customers to a pink dreamworld interior. Greek-inspired fluted columns divide the silk-padded lined space while custom, hand-painted bows adorn the floor.

With hand-selected French and Swedish furniture and Garden of Versaille silk curtains, LoveShackFancy said it wants its customers to feel “as if you’ve stepped right into your favorite fairytale.” The space also features pastel pink ceilings and a floral embossed amorie showcasing a vintage ribbon and mini skirt bar.

“I’ve always loved Greenwich and am elated to have our very own LoveShackFancy boutique on Greenwich Avenue,” said Rebecca Hessel Cohen, founder and creative director. “We had this desire to bring a feminine and enchanting fantasy world to life through idyllic floral arches, vintage furniture, silk paneled walls and contrasting pinks from top to bottom. I am so excited to see the girls of Greenwich strutting around town in their minis and maxis.”

Jan. 18, 2022: Amiri has opened the doors to a new flagship store in Miami.

Amiri Opens Miami Flagship

CREDIT: Kris Tamburello / Courtesy of Amiri

The two-story, 1,972-square-foot store at 106 NE 39th Street in the city’s Design District marks the designer brand’s fourth retail location in the U.S. and the third to open since last fall. The store was designed by CEO and and creative director Mike Amiri in partnership with Paris design studio NOCOD and architectural design firm TwoOneTwo. Its all-white facade and contemporary art and craft sensibility is intended to work well within the neighborhood.

The ground floor is devoted to men’s ready-to-wear, footwear and accessories, while the second level carries womenswear. In addition to the core collections, the Miami store also offers an exclusive capsule designed to speak to the Art Deco hues of the neighborhood and the city’s tropical feel. Inside a monolithic spiral staircase built in white concrete defines the architecture, drawing smooth curves that nod towards the city’s modernist character, while suspended brushed stainless-steel rails alongside solid wood details pair natural and industrial materials.

Jan. 13, 2022: San Antonio Shoemakers (SAS) has opened the doors to its new showroom at the World Trade Center building in Dallas, Texas. Located in Suite 13614 on the 13th floor, the showroom welcomes retailers to view the most recent collection from the Texas-made footwear brand. The showroom will be open during each apparel and accessory markets throughout the 2022 calendar year: March 22-25, June 14-17; Aug. 23-26; Oct. 25-28. In addition, SAS will show during the men’s show seasons: Jan. 29-31 and July 30-Aug. 1.

Jan. 12, 2022: REI Co-op will soon have a distribution center in Lebanon, Tenn., which is expected to open in fall 2023. The purpose of the center — which will sit on 41 acres at 1400 Murfreesboro Road and span 400,000 square feet — is to support its East Coast growth, as well as its growth in the Midwest and the South. REI said the location, which will house roughly 280 employees, will reduce shipping times for online purchases and support more than 70 of its stores. The retailer confirmed via statement that it has more than 267,000 lifetime members in Tennessee and approximately 5.6 million REI members in the service area of the distribution center. REI also stated the Lebanon distribution center is being built with leading sustainability and technology features, and the facility will address the life cycle of carbon impacts by using 100% renewable, 100% electric energy and will operate as a zero-waste facility.

REI Co-op Lebanon Tennessee distribution center

A rendering of REI Co-op’s new Lebanon, Tenn., distribution center, slated to open in 2023.

CREDIT: Courtesy of REI Co-op

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