First Look: Maison KitsunÃ©, Seoul, South Korea
Maison KitsunÃ© has opened a flagship in South Korea as the opening salvo in its ambitious store rollout in the region.
The French fashion brandâs new outpost includes a boutique and a cafÃ©. A stone-paved terrace outside the entrance is surrounded by lush greenery, creating a calm atmosphere with a strong Japanese feel. The modern building is covered in grey anthracite wood, with floor-to-ceiling windows that let the outdoors in while revealing a series of rooms set over four levels.
Each room is seamlessly linked to one another while remaining unique. Featuring the brandâs seasonal collections and its Parisian line, the minimalist rooms come with their own eclectic designs. The materials and textures â" rough concrete, marble, locally-sourced wood, golden brass, tinted mirrors â" are softened by a palette of greys, off-white, light pink and dashes of gold. To celebrate the opening, Maison KitsunÃ© designed a capsule collection featuring the brandâs signature fox logo wearing the colors of the South Korean flag. Also, South Korean creative design studio Supefiction created a giant fox sculpture in black fiber-reinforced plastic.
The cafÃ© is designed to celebrate the tradition of coffee with timeless hospitality. The all-dominant wood and ecru walls provide a warm, welcoming space enhanced by mirrors, golden geometric foxes and a counter that combines marble with copper.
Maison KitsunÃ© recently signed a partnership agreement with Samsung C&T, the construction and engineering arm of Korean conglomerate Samsung, to open some 15 stores in South Korea.
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There are Polo fans all over the globe.
U.S. Polo Assn., the official brand of the United States Polo Association, has surpassed a major milestone by opening approximately 1,050 stores globally. The brand is n ow represented in 166 countries worldwide. The expansion includes recent openings in Bostonâs iconic Faneuil Hall, Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, Tocuman International Airport in Panama City, and at Xianyang Kaihuang Plaza in China.
U.S. Polo Assn. will add roughly 100 retail stores in 2018, and has an aggressive target of exceeding 1,300 stores globally during the next several years. Key regions such as India, China, Turkey, Middle East and Eastern Europe will drive a significant portion of this growth while more mature markets such as North America, Western Europe and Latin America will continue to add doors as well. Only 10% of the stores are in outlet locations, representing a much lower percentage of outlets when compared to other multi-billion-dollar brands, according to the company.
âWhile many brands have been closing stores, or even going out of business, U.S. Polo Assn. has been on an aggressive expansion effort as we believe the greatest consumer experie nce still lies within the retail store environment,â said J.Michael Prince, president & CEO of USPA Global Licensing, the official licensing arm and national broadcaster of the United States Polo Association.
In 2019, U.S. Polo Assn. will also launch a new âhigh energyâ store concept in several regions that is designed to showcase products while engaging consumers in the sport of polo in a new and more meaningful way. The new conceptâs inspiration comes from U.S. Polo Assn.âs Times Square store in New York City, its most high-profile location globally.
âWe are extremely excited about our new âhigh-energyâ store concept, which will be a crossroads where fashion and sport collide, while also enhancing the overall consumer experience through technology and social engagement,â said Prince. âWe believe this new concept has the potential to be transformational.â
The U.S. Polo Assn. stores offer a broad assortment of seasonal collections for m en, women and kids ranging from the classic polo shirt to specialized denim to footwear, bags and accessories.
Amazon is quietly rolling out new locations for its cashier-less store format Amazon Go.
The online giant on Tuesday opened its sixth store to date, a 2,300-sq.-ft. location in San Francisco, at 300 California Street. A second San Francisco location, a 1,750-sq.-ft. store at Post & Kearney S t., will open this winter.
In addition to the new San Francisco outpost, Amazon has opened three Amazon Go locations in its Seattle home town, and two in Chicago, where two more are in the works.
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