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British brand opens U.S. flagship

BY Marianne Wilson

Harrys of London has dropped anchor in New York.

The upscale British footwear brand has opened its first freestanding U.S. store, on Park Avenue in Manhattan. The opening marks Harry’s move toward global expansion following the sale of the brand to Charles S. Cohen, a New York commercial real estate developer, in May 2017.

The 775-sq.-ft. Manhattan store was designed by New York-based Christian Lahoude Studio and inspired by London’s historical gentlemen’s clubs and Mayfair Hotels. Wood mouldings, engraved panels in mirrors and tone on tone panelling on walls give hints of traditional British architectural elements, transformed into a modern design.

One of the most prominent and eye-catching elements in the store is the delicate rose gold trim, which is continuous throughout the space and utilized to frame specific areas. The trim, with integrated lights, helps transforms the brand’s characteristics of modern technology and quality into a physical manifestation.

The floors are oak smoke fumed wood in a herringbone pattern, with an oiled finish. The space features Italian gray marble accents.

Harrys of London was founded in 2001. The collection is carried by top retailers around the world, including Bloomingdales, Harrods, and Selfridges.

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Global sports brand to open U.S. flagship in Big Apple

BY Marianne Wilson

Puma is joining the ranks of other sporting brands who have set up shop on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

Puma will open a flagship on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 49th Street, opposite Saks Fifth Avenue. The three-level, 29,000-sq.-ft. store will feature state-of-the-art double-height storefronts across 160 ft. of wraparound frontage.

“We are incredibly proud to open the first Puma brand store for North America at this iconic location on one of the most prestigious streets in the world,” said Bjørn Gulden, CEO of Puma. “ For the past several years Puma has been focused on becoming the fastest sports brand in the world and we feel now is the perfect time to show the world who we are.”

Puma signed a long-term lease for the store with SL Green, which recently embarked on a redevelopment of the property. Its nearby neighbors will include Adidas and Asics.

“Fifth Avenue will always be the destination for global flagships amongst international retailers,” said Brett Herschenfeld, managing director at SL Green. “We are proud to establish this relationship with Puma, and look forward to ensuring that this distinguished corner continues to thrive as a destination.”

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Starbucks chairman: Bathrooms now available ‘100% of the time’

BY CSA Staff

Starbucks Coffee Company is changing its public bathroom policy.

The coffee giant is opening up its bathroom to the public, even to those who are not customers, according to Business Insider.

According to the report, Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz said Thursday at the Atlantic Council, a forum that addresses international affairs, “”We don’t want to become a public bathroom, but we’re going to make the right decision 100% of the time and give people the key, because we don’t want anyone at Starbucks to feel as if we are not giving access to you to the bathroom because you are less than.”

In the report, Schultz said the company had a “loose” policy of only allowing paying customers to use the bathroom, however the decision is ultimately left to up the store manager.

The policy change comes on the heels of the arrest of Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, both African American, at a Philadelphia Starbucks location. Both men were put in handcuffs and accused of trespassing after the store manager called police, saying they refused to order anything or leave. The men were waiting for a third person to have a business meeting. The incident sparked a national uproar around the issue of racial profiling.

On May 2, the men settled with the city for a symbolic $1 each, and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 pilot program for young entrepreneurs.

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