Hublot opened its first flagship store in Beijing on Nov. 29, 2010 and announced Jet Lias the first Asian ambassador for its brand.
The new Hublot store in Beijing has an area of 100 square meters and is located at the entrance of Wangfujing Street in the Oriental Plaza, one of the most prosperous iconic shopping malls in downtown Beijing.
The flagship store in Beijing is the third Hublot boutique in China, following the first at Plaza 66 in Shanghai and the second at Intercontinental Hotel in Dalian.
Cartier, the number one luxury jewelry brand in China, continues to ramp up its presence in the Asian country with the opening of yet another flagship on Friday.
The new store, which spans 900 square meters (9,687 square feet), is housed inside the Prince’s Building — an upscale shopping center in Hong Kong.
The three-story boutique replaces Cartier’s old store — opened in 1970 — that was located on the ground floor of the same building.
Omega is pushing for major expansion in the US, with nine stores slated to open across the country this week.
A Chicago boutique will be unveiled this Thursday (November 18), followed by other store launches in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Scottsdale, Ariz., Nashville, White Plains, N.Y., Hackensack, N.J., and Jacksonville, Fla.
The stores will offer Omega’s range of men’s and women’s watches, including the new Ladymatic line, for which Nicole Kidman is the official spokesperson.
Stephen Urquhart (below), Omegaâ€™s president, expects America to become Omega’s biggest market for corporate retail.
French Luxury Shoemaker Christian Louboutin plans to open two stores in China next year, propelled by the rising incomes of Chinese shoppers.
The first-ever Beijing standalone store is slated to open in July 2011, followed by a Shanghai boutique in December 2011.
Louboutin said in a recent interview with Bloomberg that he may operate as many as five stores in China in the next three years.
Business-wise, it’s a smart move. China, the world’s second largest luxury goods market, is expected to become the biggest market in the next five years.
Ralph Lauren has opened the doors to a palatial store last month on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. It is built as an extension of the Polo flagship across the street at the Rhinelander Mansion.
The 22,000-sq-.ft. store, reminiscent of the grand Beaux-Arts architecture of the early 20th Century, is dedicated to Lauren’s Women’s and Home collections.
The boutique offers a made-to-measure department for bespoke tailored pieces, an on-site custom monogramming department and a fine jewelry boutique.
US jeweller Tiffany & Co is aiming to make a major push into China as it seeks to tap a growing appetite for luxury goods among the country’s new wealthy.
“China will rapidly become the place where we will have the greatest number of new stores,” Tiffany chairman Michael J. Kowalski said on Tuesday.
The firm, showcased in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, plans to open 25 to 30 outlets across the country over the next three years.
During its current fiscal year, which ends in January, the company will inaugurate 14 stores around the world, four of them in China, it added.
Lamborghini opened its first official dealerships in Mexico this week, a signal of the growing demand for luxury cars in the country.
The Italian marque’s Mexico City store opened for business October 26 on Insurgentes Sur, one of the city’s busiest streets and a commercial and governmental hub of the city.
On October 27 the marque celebrated the opening of Lamborghini Monterrey in the “Beverly Hills of Latin America,” a wealthy area popular with tourists from around the world.
Miu Miu has opened a new flagship store in Venice. The store is located in Venice’s Salizada San Moise and sells ready to wear as well as shoes and handbags.
Designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, the store features an entrance and large glass display window with bronzed steel fixtures that face onto the â€œcalleâ€.
These elements blend harmoniously into the frame of the historic building that houses the store.
Hermes has opened its first boutique for its new brand Shang Xia — a bold strategy that highlights China’s growing importance to luxury goods companies.
“We are very moved — this is like the birth of a child,” Hermes chief executive Patrick Thomas said ahead of the inauguration of the shop in Shanghai.
The store, a picture of minimalist chic, offers clothing, home furnishings, shoes and tableware — a collection inspired by tea, and made from traditional Asian materials such as bamboo, cashmere and porcelain.
Gucci has announced the opening of its redesigned online store at Gucci.com.
Frida Giannini has been working on the site for 18 months to make the online experience more like the experience customers get in Gucci’s boutiques.
Shoppers can browse the latest collections via video, share content with friends through Facebook and Twitter, and buy online-only capsule collections.
French luxury designer Louis Vuitton opened its first boutique in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Thursday.
“For many years, the maison has maintained strong relations with Lebanese clientele and is proud to reiterate its engagement by offering a new store which respects the Beirutis’ heritage and patrimony,” said brand executive manager Yves Carcelle at the opening, which was attended by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Louis Vuitton commissioned local artist Marwan Rechmaoui to construct a special installation depicting images of Beirut for its storefronts.
Miu Miu opened up their Forte dei Marmi Store which is in a sea town that is part of northern Tuscany.
Famous residents of the town include Andrea Bocelli and Giorgio Armani along with Paola Ruffo di Calabria, Queen of the Belgians who was born there.
The space on Via Carducci was designed by architect Roberto Baciocchi, features womenâ€™s collections of ready-to-wear, bags, accessories and footwear.
Leading luxury mobile phone manufacturer Vertu opened their latest U.S. boutique on Beverly Hills’ famous Rodeo Drive last week.
The Rodeo Drive location was strategically chosen for its reputation as one of the world’s most exclusive shopping destinations.
The LA Times reported that at the grand opening there were more than a few enthusiasts in attendance including music producer Quincy Jones and singer Seal.
Luxury fashion and accessories retailer Louis Vuitton opened its new London flagship this week.
The 1,500 sq ft store occupies a corner site at the junction of New Bond Street and Clifford Street.
Set over three levels, the store incorporates Louis Vuitton heritage touches such as trunks and leather, as well as modern features including a LED staircase.
The new London LV maison has been designed by the New York-based architect, Peter Marino, who also worked on the brandâ€™s Champs ElysÃ©es maison.
After London’s most famous department store Harrods changed hands this weekend, new owner, Qatar Holding is considering a Chinese branch.
The company behind the investments of the Qatari royal family bought the store on May 8 for Â£1.5 billion after months of negotiating between Qatar Holding’s CEO, Ahmad al-Sayed, and former Harrods owner, Mohammed al-Fayed.
Now, new projects are on the horizon for the British house, including a new luxury online store and expanding the house name brand beyond souvenirs.
To commemorate Bottega Venetaâ€™s opening of a new boutique in Taipei, the luxury designer will come out with a limited edition knot handbag.
Named the Taipei Knot, this handbag will available exclusively through the new store; only 50 will be produced.
Sporting shades of york, cigar, and truffle the patchwork of the handbag comprises 25 separate pieces of leather.
The bags are inscribed with the words â€œTaipei 2010â€ on a sterling plate inside the clutch, and will be on sale exclusively at the Bellavita store.
Last month, Louis Vuitton opened the largest boutique in Southeast Asia at Singapore’s luxurious ION Orchard in Orchard Road.
The 905 square meter concept store was designed by Front Inc. of New York while the interiors were developed by the Louis Vuitton Malletierâ€™s architecture team.
The duplex store showcases the luxury brand’s first curved glass facade, inspired by the “folds of a scarf”.
Gucci plans to open two to four more stores this year in China, after opening its 28th on Saturday, undeterred by uncertainty in the global economy as China is set to lead future luxury consumption.
For the moment, China’s $8 billion luxury market accounts for just 3 percent of global sales, compared with 38 percent in Europe, 33 percent in South and North America and 12 percent in Japan.
But China (and Brazil!) are projected to be the two fastest-growing luxury markets through 2012, according to consulting firm Bain & Co.
Ferrari Formula One driver Kimi RÃ¤ikkÃ¶nen has officially opened the UKâ€™s first Ferrari Store at 193-197 Regent Street in the heart of London.
RÃ¤ikkÃ¶nen was then treated to a specially arranged drive-by from some of the greatest Ferraris ever made. Legendary models taking part included a Daytona, F40, F50 and Enzo.
Stocking everything from Ferrari baseball caps and mountain bikes, through to carbon-fibre humidors, there’s something for every car nut.
Luxury goods company Cartier on Thursday braved the deepening global recession to launch its biggest boutique so far in the Middle East.
The 700 square-meter showroom in the upscale Dubai Mall testifies to the Cartierâ€™s confidence that chilly economic winds will not deter well-heeled residents and visitors to Dubai from buying its jewelry, watches, handbags and other high-end merchandise.
The opening event was attended by actress Monica Bellucci and Bollywood stars including Anil Kapoor.