By Faith Hope Consolo

One of the great things about living in our City of Shop-a-holics is that with four fabulous seasons we have a seasonal excuse to refresh our wardrobes and home décor every few months! With each change in the weather we have a chance to change our style. I’m here to track the trends and offer you this rich harvest of fall shops.

Otte—Williamsburg’s pride and joy joins our borough 1281 Madison Avenue. The Walking Company will open at 551 Madison Avenue. Tourneau fine timepieces have scooped up 510 Madison Avenue. Burberry is taking over 444 Madison Avenue with a retail store, offices and the availability to take the iconic billboard spot. Brooks Brothers is expanding its store at 346 Madison Avenue and will wrap the corner to 44th Street. Fine furniture and lighting store Domus Design Collection is moving to bigger digs at 136 Madison Avenue.

Luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet is moving across the street to a larger store adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel.

On Fifth Avenue, Assouline just opened its first-ever US store in the Plaza Retail, 768 Fifth Avenue. Colette will have a concept shop-in-shop in the Gap at 54th Street and Fifth Avenue. Nine West, 675 Fifth Avenue will continue to hold court—they have renewed and are renovating. Italian watchmaker Morellato & Sector comes to 551 Fifth Avenue for a stateside debut.

On the Upper Westside, American Apparel is taking over in the historic Ansonia building at 73rd Street and Broadway. The former Rockport store on Columbus Avenue beneath the Reebok Sports Club at 67th street will be the Ugg boutique. SEE Selective Eyewear Elements will have its second New York store on Columbus Avenue between 69th and 70th streets.

On the Upper Eastside, Bloomingdales shop-in-shop news: Beatles shop will grace the menswear corridor and Space NK will be a large beauty entry. Dempsey & Carroll will be reintroduced to the retail landscape at 1049 Lexington Avenue. Stride Rite has launched a new format Collections by Stride Rite coming to 1542 Third Avenue. Nicole Hanley’s self-styled multibrand boutique debuted at East 74th Street and is designed to look like a fabulous closet.

Coming to the West Side, West Elm furniture will join the list at 15 Central Park West with a two-level mega store. Dancewear chain Capezio will be close to Lincoln Center at 201 Amsterdam at 69th Street.

In Times Square, Marc Ecko finally breaks ground on its flagship 217 West 42nd Street that has been an eyesore for four years.

Midtown, Kira Plastinina’s newest store is at 22 West 34th Street. The sixteen-year-old Russian-American princess has teamed up with Dylan Lauren to create co-branded Kira Plastinina/Dylan’s Candy Bar sweet treats. This marks the first time Dylan’s has done any co-branded product.

In the West Village Rag & Bone is set to open its first boutique this Fall 104 Christopher Street next store to shirt maker Lord Willy’s.

In Tribeca, the new J. Crew Men’s Shop 235 West Broadway at White Street opened. The former Liquor Store Bar was left with its wooden bar though it has has been repurposed as a register counter à la John Varvatos/CBGB’s with the same intent of preserving the heritage of the location -just without the beer and booze.

Nolita has Paris-based beaded handbag designer Jamin Peuch who has moved into a new space at 14 Prince Street. Holly Dunlap’s Hollywould boutique is moving to a new building at 211 Elizabeth Street.

In Soho, Y-3, Japanese Yohji Yamamoto’s sporty label with Adidas is taking 98 Greene Street. Rock & Republic launching at 102 Greene Street. Custo Barcelona will inaugurate 145 Spring. Exhale mind, body spa will come to 68-70 Spring Street. Swedish sneaker maker Tretorn just opened at 150 Spring in the former Korres space and Comptoir des Cotonniers brings French chic to 155 Spring Street Rosa Chà swimsuit designer extraordinaire has a first US store 460 West Broadway. American Apparel expanded their empire with 429 Broadway. Via Spiga forthcoming in the fall at 487 Broadway. Eryn Brinié, French urban wear imminent at 501 Broadway. Bjorn Borg, Swedish tennis star 89 Crosby Street. 7 For All Mankind opens nearby at 394 West Broadway and Bogner is eagerly anticipated at number 380. Hugo Boss soon to launch at 118 Mercer Street. Nike Sportswear Flagship Store NYC as unveiled on the Olympic games’ opening day, 21 Mercer Street. DDC Lab is adding a new store at 5 Mercer Street featuring limited editions New Balance and PF Flyers. They join the recently revealed Jil Sander on Howard Street and moments from opening Vera Wang 158 Mercer Street.

Meatpacking District lineup will now in­clude the Matthew Williamson bou­tique at 413 West 14th Street and Zadig et Voltaire, chic Parisian casual label.

Target has released the goods on their Manhattan pop-up Bullseye Bodegas that will run from September 11th -14th. Exact locations will include 57th Street and 6th Avenue, Broadway between 11th and 12th Streets, Bowery and 2nd Street and Broome Street between West Broadway and Wooster Street.

The popular pop-up will feature 22 de­signer collaborations including Anya Hindmarch, Christiane Lemieux -Dwell-Studio, Isabelle de Borchgrave, Jemma Kidd – JK Jemma Kidd, John Derian, Jonathan Saunders, Keanan Duffty, Liz Lange, Marcia Kilgore – Soap & Glory, Michael Graves, Rachel Ashwell and Si­gerson Morrison.

Hospitality is always a highpoint and the oodles of news keep on coming. Tourists are saving the day—they come with one suitcase and leave with two, or more!

Come October, there’s a good chance we’ll see another “Subway Series.” (And how appropriate that would be, at the tail-end of the respective careers of Yankee Stadium and Big Shea!) Add it all up, and the second half of 2008 should bring us more than our usual share of guests.

Although we’ve seen considerable hotel development here in the past few years, we remain under-hoteled. Several fashionable little-boutique hotels have opened up in neighborhoods that until lately had been pretty much undiscovered, tourist-wise, including Chelsea, Murray Hill, the Financial District, SoHo, and other neighborhoods outside the Penn Station/Central Park radius. Consequently, those neighborhoods are getting more attention from visitors and that means more restaurants, clubs and shopping.

Of course, Midtown Manhattan con­tinues to be the focus of the hotel industry. A new Hyatt Andaz is in de­velopment at 485 Fifth Avenue; so are the Hotel One near Bryant Park and the Shangri-La Hotel at 641 Lexington Avenue. Several mixed-used devel­opments will include high-end hotels also. And where new hotels open ev­erything follows as visitors are here to dine, see the sites, relish in the nightlife and of utmost importance—SHOP!

So hit the burgeoning boutiques, pamper yourself at our haute hotel hotspots and enjoy the season to spend!

Happy Fall and Happy Shopping!!!!

Faith Hope Consolo
Chairman, The Retail Group

Faith Hope Consolo
Chairman, Retail Leasing & Sales Division
Prudential Douglas Elliman

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