Saturday, July 2, 2022

[EXCLUSIVE] Luxurification of Phipps Plaza Continues With Planned Opening of Alexander McQueen

After what was apparently a successful pop-up at Lenox Square, luxury retailer Alexander McQueen will open a permanent store at sibling center Phipps Plaza in Buckhead.  Newly installed signage confirms that the new boutique will occupy about 4,400 square feet on the center's first floor.  

The new Alexander McQueen store replaces longtime Phipps Plaza retailer Cole Haan as well as women's footwear retailer Jack Rogers.  Cole Haan downsized its store in 2013 to allow for Jack Rogers and neighbor Trink Turk to open.  The closure leaves Atlanta without full-line stores of either retailer but Cole Haan continues to operate outlet stores in Dawsonville and Woodstock.  

Alexander McQueen's planned opening at Phipps Plaza unites the brand with fellow luxury labels owned by parent company French conglomerate Kering including Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.  

In addition to Kering brands, others either independently owned or controlled by powerhouse LVMH are also planned for Phipps Plaza including Dior, Brunello Cucinelli, Byredo and Hermes, among others.  

With the impending opening of Nobu at Phipps Plaza, owner Simon Property Group seems keen on upgrading the retail roster of the center's main floor, as well its sad looking second floor, where the closures of Mori Luggage & Gifts, Tumi and Talbots have created leasing opportunities for new brands.  Locally owned eyewear retailer F.O.M. (Frame of Mind) recently relocated to the second floor with its former first level space now leased to Byredo, a premium fragrance retailer.  

Are you excited for the changes underway at Phipps Plaza?  Do you think Alexander McQueen will resonate with local consumers?  What other retailer would you like to see open at Phipps Plaza?

Pleas share your thoughts below.  


Anonymous said...

Not excited. Of course, Buckhead in general is not exciting much any more. Scary is more like it. Sad.

Anonymous said...

Agree with the 1st comment. I don't go to Buckhead anymore. I used to love Phipps. Legoland doesn't help. It is sad!!

Ham said...

This is good news obviously better than something like Lego Land. Also, excited about Hermes, but do share the concern that many have about the area. I suspect the negative perceptions are worse than the reality, but no one can deny the slow negative slide of the area.

Anonymous said...

As a resident of North Buckhead, I assure you that perceptions and reality are very much in line. In addition to the surge in crime (you'd be surprised at how much doesn't make the news), the city/CID have stopped maintaining the area. Few functioning street lights, garbage and homeless everywhere, overgrown weeds, barren planters, crumbling sidewalks, graffiti.

No amount of tacky luxury brands will turn the neighborhood around at this point. Notice that Nobu pushed out its grand opening to October to avoid the summer violence.

Can't wait to get out of this ghetto sh*thole.

Unknown said...

I think it is great that these luxury stores are opening in Phipps. I just read in the WWD that Givenchy is opening in Atlanta and more than likely it will be at Phipps. These luxury stores believe in Buckhead.

bofdem said...

Just went to Phipps this weekend. Very scared.
After going through metal detectors - first in a developed nation rather than South Africa or dangerous South American nations - I will not return.
Amazon it is from now on.

Anonymous said...

So much exaggeration in the comments. Buckhead is statistically more safe than most areas in Atlanta.

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