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Three huge stories today from WWD.

The phoenix is rising for the Limelight, but not as a thumping club venue, but as a retail center. How can I forget the many late nights dancing away at the Limelight in the late 80′s and early 90′s?  The last dj I heard there was Tall Pall. It will certainly be interesting to walk around the interiors once renovation has been done and it is open to the public.  I wonder if they will have caged dancers as a little homage to the once vivacious Limelight?

Tom Ford, the sole man that brought sexy back for the House of Gucci, will be entering the women’s wear arena once again. Now that he has as movie under his belt, fragrances, sunglasses and a men’s wear line, he will be building his fashion empire with no doubt an ultra luxe and sexy women’s wear collection.  I can’t wait to see his first collection preview!  

Now the Brits can enjoy the bohemian chic of Anthropologie, which will be just a few stones throw away from their houses.  They’ve opened their first European flagship store in London.

 

The Limelight Reborn as a Retail Center

by SHARON EDELSON

From WWD ISSUE 10/21/2009

Rendering of Limelight

Rendering of Limelight

 

NEW YORK ??” The Limelight Marketplace could be one man??™s brilliant idea ??” or misguided folly. 

That man is Jack Menashe, president of Limelight Marketplace, who is overseeing the $10 million renovation designed by James Mansour. Menashe said he expects the 25,000-square-foot facility to do $50 million in sales volume in the first year. An opening is planned for March. 

Built in the mid-1800s, the landmark Gothic Revival-style Episcopal Church on West 20th Street and Sixth Avenue became a nightclub in 1983. At the height of its popularity, the Limelight attracted celebrities, wannabees, club kids and young professionals. The club was repeatedly closed by police, then briefly reopened, before finally closing in 2007. 

The Limelight??™s next incarnation will be a marketplace with more than 70 shops, eateries and cafes, and two full-fledged restaurants. 

Menashe, who owned Lounge in SoHo until it closed in January, is a retail showman. At Lounge, he sold Swarovski-encrusted hoodies and embellished jeans. There was a wall of rock ??™n??™ roll memorabilia and a restaurant that served food until 4 a.m. 

While Lounge had a clubby atmosphere with dark walls and scuffed wood floors, Limelight Marketplace will be bright and colorful with lots of bold signage. 

???I tried to make the building feel much smaller and make it feel accessible,??? Menashe said. ???The building is like a big old haunted house. We envision families coming and spending three to four hours here.??? 

But with an edgy sneaker gallery and apothecary selling cult brands, the Limelight Marketplace is geared toward savvy shoppers. ???Retail became very boring,??? Menashe said. ???We??™re trying to make this fun.??? 

Standing on the second floor amid and the hum of construction work, Menashe said, ???I was looking for an opportunity to do something like this. This is a very complicated building. People said I was crazy.???

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Tom Ford to Launch Women’s ‘Very Soon’

by AMANDA KAISER

From WWD ISSUE 10/21/2009

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Tom Ford in Tokyo. Photo By Akiko Sameshima

TOKYO ??” Tom Ford is getting ready for his return to women??™s wear ??” the only question now is when. 

The designer, and now film director, finally acknowledged on the record he??™s returning to the women??™s arena and confirmed he and his longtime business partner and Tom Ford International chairman Domenico De Sole are on the hunt for financing. 

Ford, in town to promote his new film, ???A Single Man,??? and make a personal appearance at his new men??™s shop in the Isetan department store, said he plans to launch the Tom Ford brand??™s first women??™s collection ???very soon,??? although he declined to specify a date. Sources told WWD earlier this month that, depending on financing, Ford was eyeing a launch of a women??™s line as early as fall 2010.

???Financing is extremely expensive right now, so if we find financing in the right situation we??™ll be able to start [a women??™s collection] soon. If we don??™t, we may have to wait a while,??? Gucci??™s former creative director told WWD in an interview from a 50th floor suite of the Park Hyatt Hotel with an expansive view of the city skyline.

???You know it will take me 18 months when I start, because [I have] to hire the team, find the factories, put everything together and then get the stores ready so there??™s a place for these clothes,??? said Ford as he sipped a Coke Zero to overcome his jet lag.

Recent reports estimate Ford and De Sole are seeking $50 million or more to fund a women??™s collection and that Credit Suisse is leading the process. De Sole, who is also in Tokyo, declined to discuss the financials of the privately held company except to state that Ford??™s stores in Osaka, Tokyo and Seoul are performing strongly.

???We have the advantage of being a younger brand that??™s in a growing mode,??? De Sole said. 

Ford contended his men??™s wear label is outpacing most of its competitors in the recession and he??™s optimistic the luxury goods market is on its way to recovery. 

???Things are getting better every day in most places,??? Ford said, clad in a black suit and a white shirt. ???So I??™m optimistic and this is something that I plan on doing for the next 30 years of my life, so if I have to wait another six months or a year [to launch women??™s], it??™s OK.???

In the meantime, Ford is holding court with his fans here in Tokyo. On Tuesday evening, he made quite an entrance at Isetan, turning up in a black Mercedes and posing as a crowd snapped photos of him with their cell phones. He then made his way upstairs to his recently opened shop-in-shop, where he autographed boxes of his fragrance.

The Isetan shop-in-shop, which opened in September, is Ford??™s first store in Tokyo and his second in Japan. The designer said he hopes to open a freestanding store in Tokyo as soon as he finds a suitable location.

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Anthropologie Opens First European Store Friday

by SAMANTHA CONTI

From WWD ISSUE 10/21/2009

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View of the new Anthropologie store in London. Photo by Marcus Dawes

LONDON ??” Anthropologie will plant its first flag in Europe on Friday with the launch of a 10,000-square-foot clothing, accessories and homeware emporium on Regent Street, halfway between Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus. 

The bright and airy store, with soaring ceilings, central skylights and white oak flooring, spans three levels and features a 50-foot-high wall of evergreen plants fed by rainwater that??™s been collected on the roof. 

The centerpiece of the space, which used to house a Wedgwood store, is a 50-ton glass, textured concrete and metal staircase that??™s meant to echo those of England??™s grand country homes and town houses. 

In the spirit of Anthropologie, a division of the Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters Inc., there is a mix of locally sourced and imported merchandise ??” and artwork ??” from the U.S., South Africa and continental Europe. 

???London is an amazing opportunity for the brand, which we think looks at life in a slightly different way,??? said James Bidwell, Anthropologie??™s managing director for Europe. 

The store will be the first of its kind on the street, which is dominated by big international brands such as Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers and Aquascutum, and fashion retail chains including Zara, Gap and French Connection. 

???We??™re not about fast fashion, and we see ourselves as appealing to customers who are creative, artistic and well-traveled,??? Bidwell added. 

George Wallace, head of retail strategy and commercial due diligence at MHE Retail, a London-based consultancy, said the concept is ???fun, well-executed, well thought-out, with an attractive product offer.??? He added, however, that the timing is not ideal. 

???This kind of store works a lot better when the money is free flowing. Right now, people are not in the mood to say, ???Oh I think I??™ll have that lovely jug or plate.??™ And that might soften the launch. But they are in it for the long game,??? so that??™s only a temporary issue, he said. 

Bidwell said he sees the Regent Street store as ???an introduction??? to the brand, which will also open a 10,000-square-foot unit on London??™s King??™s Road in the spring. Also in the spring, Anthropologie will unveil a Web site that will service the U.K. and continental Europe. 

The two London units ??” and the site ??” are just the beginning for Anthropologie. In August, Glen Senk, chief executive officer of Urban Outfitters, said the company is planning to roll out a minimum of 100 Urban and Anthropologie stores in Europe.

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–Nikki Cho Russo

 


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