Muji continues U.S. store expansion
A Japanese lifestyle brand with a devoted following has opened an outpost in one of New York City’s most hip neighborhoods that will serve as a model for future expansion.
Muji has opened a 7,300-sq.-ft. store in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. It is the retailer’s seventh store in the greater New York City area. In addition to New York, Muji has six locations in California, one in New Jersey and one in Boston. It plans to add more U.S. stores next year.
The new store carries Muji’s full lineup of minimalist products, including apparel, kitchenware, tableware, furniture, interior and storage accessories, stationery, skincare and travel items. It also features a number of added services including an embroidery station that allows customers to customize textile items with a selection of over 300 embroidered designs; a complimentary gift-wrapping station that seals paper packages with stitching; and a free stamp station where customers can accent their purchased paper goods with various symbols.
In addition, Muji will collaborate with local artists and artisans on upcoming projects that pay homage to Brooklyn’s creative scene and connect with the diverse families that inhabit it.
Muji was founded in Japan in 1980 and now has over 400 stores in Japan. It opened its first store outside Japan in 1991, in London, adding over 400 global locations since then. The Muji name derives from the company’s original name in Japanese: Mujirushi Ryohin, meaning “No Brand, Quality Goods.”
One Kings Lane puts down physical roots
Online home furnishings and decor retailer One Kings Lane is making its temporary foray into brick-and-mortar retail more permanent.
The retailer opened its first-ever physical location, a seasonal pop-up in the posh resort town of Southampton, New York, at the beginning of summer. But the company said the response to the temporary store was so positive that it has decided to make it a permanent space.
The 3,500-sq.-ft. store is located in a 19th century building that once housed a library. The space is designed to offer an “immersive lifestyle experience,” the company said, and offers a curated selection of product, including one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.
The store will continue to feature a "living" assortment of product that is regularly refreshed as items sell out, with a major redesign of the floor space slated for the fall. The brand’s signature complimentary design services, available in-home or in-store, will remain a year-round offering
One Kings Lane was acquired by Bed, Bath & Beyond in summer 2016.
Jeweler makes stylish debut on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
David Yurman has opened his first boutique on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
Conceived by the Yurmans, the 3,250-sq.-ft. space reflects the brand's aesthetic and the family's unique artistic expression, and has a two-story historical façade that was maintained and restored to its original condition. The entrance lobby features a heritage wall that visually narrates the Yurmans' journey from art to jewelry with examples of David's early sculptures and wearable art pieces alongside more current designs.
The interior was inspired by the colors of the brand's most iconic gemstones and the hues in Sybil Yurman's paintings that hang throughout the space. The store's focal point is the central display column, featuring six cylindrical vitrines placed around a pillar of metal rods, reminiscent of the metal strands used in the crafting our jewelry. This feature acts as a focal display for the brand's most iconic pieces, and invites patrons to meander through the space. In the main area, violet motifs that were hand-applied over white gold leaf on decorative panels offer a subdued elegance.
Other distinct features include a men's jewelry area and a private salon. The men's area has a distinctly masculine feel created through the use of darker materials and found objects.