Victoria's Secret recently opened the doors to their Stratford store with no problems but this week, reports emerged that the opening of their highly anticipated Bond Street store might not be so easy.
During the week the Evening Standard ran a piece reporting that British department store Fenwick, which sits opposite where the new store will be, are allegedly 'concerned about the potential provocative window displays and the kind of shoppers it will attract.'
While the reports sound far fetched, there's no denying that us Brits are known for being on the prudish side especially in comparison to our European counterparts but according to reports today, the allegations are false. 'We welcome any new retailer who brings a new customer to Bond Street,' the retailer told Vogue UK in a statement.
While the weather shows no signs of summer being here nor being anywhere on the horizon, that isn't stopping Emporio Armani from hosting their annual summer garden live event at their Bond Street store tonight.
Over the past few years the annual event has become quite a fixture on the summer calendar, especially since it sees the brand partner with various record labels to showcase the artists we'll all be listening to in the coming months. The special performers taking part tonight are as yet still firmly under wraps. I'll be there all night, though, working with the team to live tweet all of the images, updates and news from the night as it happens.
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Last week Tuesday I was in for a treat. To celebrate the launch of their new Bond Street store, Coach treated journalists to a special Coach cab - covered in the company's multicoloured print - to pick us up from our respective offices to come and enjoy the treats that they currently have in store.
With that in mind we would like to introduce you to their limited edition 41 collection. In true Coach fashion, the launch ties in many facets of the brand, as 41 is the street number of their new Bond Street store and also ties into the date that the brand was established in 1941, an era which continues to serve as their inspiration. It doesn't end there. This special collection can only be purchased in the new store and the pieces are already selling out.
The collection is everything you would expect from Coach, with each piece demonstrating a genuine commitment to craftsmanship. If you're looking for 'IT' bags and gimmicks, you won't find it here. Like the mainline, the focus is on quality classics that will see you from season to season, coming in a range of sizes from totes to shoulder bags and purses. Still not convinced? Housed in white protective boxes on the top floor of the store live a selection of bags from the late 60s to early 80s that are as desirable today, as they were when they were made.
To celebrate it's unique history, from the 7th to the 13th of June Bond Street will launch its Culture & Heritage Week, bringing together fashion, jewellery, art and antiques, all to be showcased in a series of events, private views, lectures and parties throughout the week. In collaboration with the event, Swiss label Akris will be delving into their archives located in St. Gallen, Switzerland, to showcase their rich textile history with Akris Boutique vintage pieces.
Renowned for its beautiful embroidered fabrics, St Gallen is considered one of the world's most important centres for fabric development, and it is Akris' partnership with the embroidery producers of St Gallen that results in exquisite collections of reworks or reinterpretations of past creations, with a modern contemporary twist. View the vintage pieces from the 7th-13th June on Bond Street.