Almost fifty years after first launching its Brighton shirt factory, Ben Sherman remains at the forefront of that unequivocally British flavour for street-style fashion. So it’s no surprise the brand chose to give its latest store a Shoreditch location.
Shoreditch’s latest retail development is set to add twelve state-of-the-art commercial units to the heart of the East End. It seems scarcely a day goes by without news of another label opening up shop east of Liverpool Street, and there’s a reason why. Shed of its rough-round the edges infamy but retaining a good dose of cockney charm, east London has become the retail spot to watch for brands looking to appeal to a whole new generation of Londoners.
Amnesty International is to launch its first bricks-and-mortar retail space this month in east London’s Boxpark development.
My-Retail Media seems to be on a roll with East End openings this week, as we headed over to Dalston to check out Beyond Retro’s latest vintage haven.
Having taken over yet another warehouse, Beyond Retro’s latest offering was packed to the (bare) rafters last night as vintage fanatics piled in to the 10,000 sq ft flagship store.
Armed with Koppaberg and pizza, we stayed well into the night to shop the rails of second hand finds, as bands and DJs played for the crowds. We’ll definitely be back to sample the coffee shop which is scheduled to open in a fortnight.
The nation’s high streets may remain in dire straits, but over in London’s Stratford, Westfield has put a spell on shoppers.
Tens of thousands of shoppers this morning queued for hours to be amongst the first to visit London’s largest shopping centre. Many had set up camp over 20 hours ago to take advantage of the Day One special discounts Westfield’s retailers ran to celebrate the launch of the £1.45 million centre.
Stars flocked to a red carpet opening ceremony hosted by Pixie Geldof and Nick Grimshaw, which saw pop star Nicole Scherzinger performed live.
Despite the gloomy economy the Stratford centre has now filled 96 per cent of its 300 stores, as retailers pin their hopes on the Australian retail property specialists’ latest offering.
Look out for My Retail Media’s first impressions report on the centre later this week.
Beyond Retro has hired Michael Peddar & Co as its property agent to help it expand.
Estates Gazette this morning reported that the second-hand clothing retailer has signed up a 10,000 sq ft store at Simpson House, on Stoke Newington Road, in east London. It is now considering properties in Glasgow. It has three locations in London and one in Brighton.
Canary Wharf Group says it is working towards the day when all local residents benefit from east London’s economic growth.
Estates Gazette this morning reported the comment from Howard Dawber, strategic adviser, having spoken for an article in The Times about the poverty that exists just a couple of miles down the road from the Docklands development.
With just two months to go before Stratford City opens its doors, the retail Mecca is now more than 90 percent full.
Westfield’s £1.45 billion centre has defied the high street downturn by landing a host of big name retailers.
Zara owners Inditex is the latest to sign up, planning three stores at the 1.9 million sq ft mall adjacent to the Olympic stadium. Zara will occupy a 27,000 sq ft double-height unit, along with two smaller stores for its Pull & Bear and Bershka brands.
Inditex will join Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Superdry, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer. The centre’s launch on 13 September will be timed with the opening on London Fashion Week.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will help promote London’s Tech City at an investment-promotion event in Beverly Hills today, according to Estates Gazette.
Tech City is thought to be Europe’s fastest-growing technology hub, based around Shoreditch and Old Street.
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