Jack Rogers opens its first-ever store
New York City — Jack Rogers, the brand best known for its Navajo-inspired sandals, has opened its first retail store, on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.
The 1,200-sq.-ft. shop features the company’s expanding merchandise lineup, which includes a variety of women’s footwear, accessories, and even some apparel.
The store, designed by New York City-based a+i design, has a nearly all-white interior, with black-oak flooring.
Amerlux opens facility in China
Fairfield, N.J. — Amerlux Global Lighting Solutions recently celebrated the grand opening of Guangzhou Amerlux Lighting Solutions Co. Ltd., its new facility in China, as well as a Hong Kong sales office. The Guangzhou location was officially launched on Feb. 15 with an elaborate traditional Chinese ceremony.
Set against a backdrop of floral bouquets and banners in traditionally lucky colors, the opening ceremony was visually stunning. One of the highlights was the unforgettable “Blessing of the Lions” which dates back to the Han Dynasty in 205 B.C. To bestow good luck onto the new venture, the “lions” danced to the accompaniment of ancient Chinese percussion instruments and were “fed” lettuce to invite prosperity.
Frank P. Diassi, chairman and founder of Amerlux, said that the opening of Guangzhou Amerlux Lighting Solutions represents the company’s full commitment to international expansion and to enhancing Amerlux’s service to worldwide customers. “As global markets continue to open up, our company is strategically positioned to grow exponentially throughout the Far East and all over the world,” he said.
VF Corp. to open 400 U.S. stores over next five years
New York City — VF Corp. plans to open 400 U.S. stores across its various brands during the next years. The company, whose stable of banners include Vans and The North Face, discussed its plans at an investor conference held recently in New York City.
In addition to the U.S. expansion, VF is looking to open some 225 stores in Europe and 80 in Asia. The expansion is expected to bring the company’s global store count to 1,500 units.