REAL ESTATE

Tag Heuer opens flagship in Aventura Mall

BY Staff Writer

Springfield, N.J. — Luxury watch maker Tag Heuer opened its second North American flagship boutique, an 800-sq.-ft. space in Aventura Mall, Aventura, Fla.

The store is designed as a "lifestyle lounge" and is adorned with Tag Heuer accessories that range from vintage stainless steel cufflinks to the brand’s technologically advanced eyewear and communication devices.

Designed by architect Eric Carlson, the Aventura boutique allows shoppers to immerse themselves in the brand’s 151-year legacy. Staying true to the brand, the overall aesthetic marries sophisticated glamour and timeless interior design with customized wall displays made of dark zebrawood, finely hand-brushed aluminum, glass and cream leather.

Contrary to customary watch displays, Tag Heuer’s vitrines boast a gallery-like feel with integrations carved into the architecture — showcasing the product at eye level — ensuring that customers can shop in an effortless and comfortable manner. The brand’s motor-racing legacy also has a strong presence highlighting such automotive-inspired collections as the legendary Monaco or sporty Formula 1 line. Feminine styles are also housed in niche displays of their own.

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Saks appoints Jack Stahl to board

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New York City — Saks Inc. announced that Jack L. Stahl, 58, was appointed to the company’s board of directors effective Jan. 16. He also will serve on the audit committee of the board.

From 2002 through 2006, Stahl served as president and CEO of Revlon. Prior to joining Revlon, he spent over 20 years with The Coca-Cola Co.

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Bill Clinton delivers keynote at NRF show

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Former president Bill Clinton delivered a keynote address entitled “Embracing Our Common Humanity” to an overflow crowd Monday morning at the National Retail Federation’s 101st Annual Convention & Expo in New York.

In his speech, Clinton spoke about the inequality, instability and the unsustainable way of life which makes up the world today, and said there remains a strong connection between social opportunity and economic opportunity.

Clinton, who spoke in his capacity as founder of the Clinton Foundation, discussed a wide variety of topics. With regards to retail, he noted that it makes up nearly 20% of GDP and supports roughly 25% of jobs.

At the end of the presentation, Clinton was joined on the stage by NRF chairman and Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren. In response to Lundgren’s question about where Clinton shopped this past holiday season, the former president said he shopped mostly local merchants in his home of Chappaqua, N.Y. He also bought some books at Argosy, an iconic independent bookstore in New York City.

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