Retail Roundup: Staerk Restarts, AA in China, Target Takes Manhattan
Jane Mayle may be bowing out of her New York shop, but in her place comes gothy Danish designer Camilla Staerk. The designer, who relocated to New York from London after losing her namesake to her backers there, says of the change, “I’m going back to my roots in leather and texture.” You see this not just in her latest collection but also in the design of the 500-square-foot store, with its dark wood floors, leather, and walnut chairs. In other retail action, it’s expected that China will see its first American Apparel store after many delays.
The store was originally set to open in May, but was considerably delayed thanks to China’s notorious bureaucracy. No word on if Charney’s sexually charged advertisements will even be allowed in the state-controlled media. And lastly, get ready for Target in Manhattan. Well, sort of. Come September 11, four pop-up stores (the latest rage in retail) will materialize in Midtown, Union Square, Soho, and the East Village. Eager Manhattanites can purchase Go! Designer of the moment Richard Chai, as well as Jonathan Saunders for apparel, Anya Hindmarch for handbags, and Sigerson Morrison for shoes.