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2012 November 21

Retailer Report: NYC's Buzziest Holiday Newcomers

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Hanne Gaby Odiele, Kasia Struss, Donatella Versace, Julia Nobis, and Ginta Lapina at the Versace SoHo store opening. Hanne Gaby Odiele, Kasia Struss, Donatella Versace, Julia Nobis, and Ginta Lapina at the Versace SoHo store opening.
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(NEW YORK) A slew of new stores have opened their doors in recent weeks, and throughout the busy shopping season, even more are emerging to tempt you. These can’t-miss stops deserve to be part of your weekend plans!
BY ALEXANDRA ILYASHOV 

Versace
The divine Donatella was on hand to unveil her new Soho digs, as was former Versus designer Christopher Kane, billed as a “special curator” for the boutique. Expect scores of exclusive items and gift ideas at this downtown location. (160 Mercer St., open)

Massimo Dutti
Zara’s upscale sister store opened its first stateside location in this prime Midtown shopping swath, peddling polished basics and professional garb. Its price points are slightly steeper, but its space may bring about a bit of déjà vu, since Zara was the previous tenant. (689 Fifth Ave., open)

Pamela Gonzales
The store design aims to look like an art gallery, and besides the namesake label, there’s an eclectic array of designers on tap, such as Alice Yim, Loris Diran, Nuvala, and Carlos Luna. (311 W. Broadway, open)

Paul & Shark
Yachting culture-inspired and hailing from Italy, this sportswear brand relocated from 64th St. and Madison Ave. to head a few blocks south, across the street from Barneys. Swim on over, chéris!  (667 Madison Ave., open)

Khirma Eliazov
Eliazov, a former accessories editor and stylist at Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Town & Country, is opening her very own 850-square-foot West Village outpost, nestled in a townhouse, for her handbag line fashioned from exotic skins including leather, python, alligator, crocodile, lizard, and stingray. Additional brands carried will include: KBL Eyewear, Kelsey Quan jewelry, La Soula fine jewelry, Sachin & Babi, and Theodora & Callum scarves. Currently, Khirma Eliazov is carried at Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, and Intermix. (102 Charles St., open)

Monique Lhuillier
This purveyor of femme RTW confections and a booming bridal business will unveil her third boutique post-Thanksgiving, and her first in NYC (currently, Lhuillier outposts are in L.A. and Edina, Minn.) To kick things off in a predictably chic fashion, a private opening party will be hosted by Hannah Bronfman, Marina Rust Connor, Lauren Dupont, Alexandra Lebenthal, and Jamie Tisch. (19 E. 71st St., open November 27)

“Lucky Shops” 
When Hurricane Sandy knocked out plans for this annual shopping extravaganza, the mag rescheduled it for a month later. In addition to proceeds benefiting the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, the event will now also provide post-Sandy aid through the Lucky Fund. Say hi to editrix Brandon Holley! (82 Mercer St., open December 6-8)

Aritzia
The Canadian-grown retailer is heading slightly north in its NYC expansion scheme, adding to its 53 North America spots. After opening its first city location on Spring St. and Broadway last June, the second stop will be housed in Rockefeller Center. Wares are comprised of 90 percent exclusive Aritzia brands, such as Wilfred, Wilfred Free, Le Fou, T.Babaton; 10 percent are third party brands. (600 Fifth Ave., opening this week)

H&M
The first H&M store in the city with its own private entrance to the men’s store, this iconic new outpost in the Time Warner Center opened with pieces from the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M collection. Hurry! (60 Columbus Cir., open)

House of Horology
Besides a plethora of watches at this New York-based timepiece line’s first store, get a caffeine buzz from the espresso bar on its subterranean premises and unwind après-purchase in the lounge area. (93 Prince St., open)

Bettie Page Clothing
Hailing from Sin City, Bettie Page Clothing is adding to its national portfolio of 10 outposts, with its first NYC location sometime this month. Pin-up aficionados will appreciate a selection of kitsched-out retro stylings—think high-waisted hotpants and vampy dresses. (303 Bowery, open date pending)

Maison Ladurée
Get your macaron fix downtown, complete with a tea salon and resto. Plus! Expect Parisian guest chefs to make appearances at the new store. (398 W. Broadway, open mid-December)

Trinity Place
The U.S. flagship of LeBunny Bleu is going by a different moniker stateside—one that’s named after the FiDi street the 26,000-square-foot department store resides on. While the main floor, stocked with women’s merch, opened at the beginning of last month, expect the men’s and children’s threads to roll out this month. Many of the brands are making their U.S. debuts, so consider this a way-south retail treasure hunt of sorts; as for the ambiance, it’s been likened to Anthropologie. (61 Broadway, open)

Equipment
This silk blouse mecca, founded by Carine Roitfeld’s husband Christian Restoin in the eighties and rebooted as a chicster wardrobe staple in the last few years, is setting up its inaugural U.S. storefront in (where else?) Soho. But don’t wait with baited breath, darlings: rumors have been swirling about the opening date since April. Simply stoking the excitement factor, right? (110 Wooster St., open date pending)

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