couture items from the Michael Kors collection, including runway pieces.
Personally, I think this seems like an odd move considering the upcoming opening of Legoland, and the thought that the mall will attract more family oriented retailers rather than such couture labels. Perhaps he missed the memo? Bottega Veneta is already struggling, although its better known sister brand Gucci continues to do well. Even Intermix is said to be not doing so well. Saks, Jeffrey and Nordstrom seem to be the bright spots for the mall.
Michael Kors opened his first Atlanta boutique in 2008 at Lenox Square, taking space that was vacated by Bally when they made the move to Phipps Plaza. Kors added a second location in 2010 at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody. Each store carries predominantly accessories and handbags but also some clothing for women.
In advance of the upcoming Legoland opening in March, Willams-Sonoma, Brookstone and Talbots WOMAN, the chain's plus size division, will all close in the coming days. As I mentioned earlier this month, Sur la Table will open in place of Williams-Sonoma, but there is no word on what may occupy either the Talbot's or Brookstone spaces. Additionally, I've heard there may be at least two other closures on the second floor in the coming weeks. Of course these closings are in addition to my DeathWatch predictions of Valentino, Vince, Versace and Barney's New York CoOp.
No timetable has been set for the opening but I'd guess it will open sometime in early summer.
What do you think about all the changes going on at Phipps Plaza? Will the kids and families that Legoland attracts alienate existing luxury shoppers? Is Michael Kors ahead of the curve with this opening or is he living in a fantasy world?
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