Marimekko to open U.S. flagship
New York City — Finnish retailer Marimekko will open a flagship in Manhattan this fall. The company is also expanding its collaboration with Crate & Barrel.
The 4,000-sq.-ft. store will feature Marimekko’s wide-ranging product mix, which includes furnishings fabrics, home goods, apparel and accessories. It will be designed by the Japanese architectural firm IMA.
CBL malls in the Midwest give back through National Random Acts of Kindness Week
Chattanooga, Tenn.-based CBL & Associates Properties said that eleven of its malls in the Midwestern U.S. handed out 6,000 gifts during National Random Acts of Kindness week, Feb. 14-20.
The program is designed to give back to the community and support local nonprofit groups.
“Customers were absolutely thrilled when they were given a gift as they walked through their community mall,” said Sean Phillips, CBL regional marketing director for the Midwest. “When we gave away a year’s worth of Chick-fil-A meals to a family at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock, the shoppers were so excited they ‘paid it forward’ by handing out some of the gift cards to others.”
To implement the program, each shopping center partnered with a local nonprofit organization, engaging volunteers to help surprise shoppers with the giveaways. A group of five malls in the St. Louis area worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Other participating organizations included: Watered Gardens, a homeless shelter in Joplin, Mo.; Harvesters Food Bank in Overland Park, Kan.; The Humane Society in Terre Haute, Ind.; Heartland Community College in Bloomington, Ill.; and Big Brothers Big Sisters in Decatur, Ill., and Little Rock, Ark.
More than 6,000 gifts, valued at over $30,000, were given away, and included gift cards from retailers, restaurants and eateries, as well as jewelry, stuffed animals, beauty services and more.
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.