Nike Finally Finds its Fifth Avenue Home

A look inside the recently opened Nike SoHo store expected to inform the concept of the upcoming Nike Fifth Avenue flagship

It's hard to know it Nike deliberately chose the day Adidas opened its shiny new brand palace to make the announcement, but yesterday the sneaker giant announced that its long search for a follow up to its 57th Street Niketown store is over. The new Nike store will eventually open in a whopping 70,000 square feet at 650 Fifth Avenue in a space that includes not only the building's entire previous retail component, but some extra office floors that will be converted as well to make a seven-floor superstore. Essentially it will be a Nike department store on Fifth Avenue.
It has not been announced that Niketown will be closing at the end of its lease which has been extended to 2022 while the company continued to search for its successor space, but it is hard to imagine even Nike sustaining two large flagships in such close proximity. Nike execs have also been candid that the once innovative design of that store has aged, and needs to be updated in favor of the more open format of the recently unveiled Nike SoHo store (pictured above). Look for the brand to expand on the concepts in that store including areas for customers to try out athletic gear on the selling floor in basketball and soccer cages, a concept also appearing at Adidas' new flagship. In any event, there may be little overlap between the unveiling of Nike's new store and the old Niketown. It will take some time to gut and rebuild the retail space at 650 Fifth which for the past couple of decades has been the home to several brands formerly owned by Liz Claiborne including the namesake labels, Mexx and, most recently, Juicy Couture. It has been one of Fifth Avenue's biggest white elephants, having stood empty for the past couple of years except for housing a few brief pop-up stores. It is likely that Nike will institute a major redesign of the late 1970s-era facade on the lower levels to create a more imposing brand signature. That could take a while, so while Nike's new store is definitely something to look forward to, it will probably be a something of a wait to see it come to fruition.



Adidas Answers The Flagship Challenge With A Fifth Avenue Brand Palace

The new Adidas NYC Flagship at 46th Street and Fifth Avenue. Photo courtesy of Adidas

Forget about politics. They are too nauseating to follow right now anyway. Lets talk about something really important: sneakers.
There has been a bit of retail activity regarding the perennial rivalry between Adidas and Nike. A couple of months ago, Adidas debuted its newly updated Adidas Originals store on Spring Street in SoHo featuring its burgeoning fashion line including heritage models and collaboration collections. Then, a couple of weeks ago, Nike opened its follow up to the Niketown retail concept when the new Nike SoHo store at Broadway and Spring Street finally opened after a weeklong halt and neighborhood and city government protests. Not to be outdone, Adidas is opening its largest New York store ever today on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 46th street (pictured above) . At over 45,000 square feet, the  four level superstore featuring every single product category the brand offers in a high-school stadium-inspired store —if, that is, your high school stadium consisted of concrete and chain link fencing.

The miadidas Studio custom shop at the Adidas NYC Flagship. Photo courtesy of Adidas

The industrial look, however makes an excellent backdrop for the brand's sprawling product lines. At the press preview on Tuesday night, most of the action migrated to the top floor which was devoted to an even larger presentation of the Originals division featuring, at the center, the city's first miadidas Studio (above)  allowing customers to create their own versions of Originals styles. Other exclusives include the print shop on the men's athletic level in the basement, treadmills and turf cages for customers to test out products right in the store, along with refreshment kiosks, concierge services and same-day hotel delivery. The gleaming new store is poised to make the most of New York's teeming hordes of tourists who should be devouring new product as you read this, but it is also a chance for Adidas to even the scales a bit with its main rival. In midtown, where Niketown made an innovative statement in the mid '90s, Adidas is now challenging with a huge flagship of its own, and a newer one as even Nike execs have recently admitted that the high-school gymnasium concept at the 57th street store has gotten tired, and the atrium centered store layout is difficult to navigate. Look for a new Niketown announcement soon, however as the store known to be looking for a new location. In other parts of the city, however, Nike still has an edge with Nike Running shops in Flatiron and on the Upper East Side, but in SoHo, the brands are in a head to head battle. Adidas' Houston and Broadway flagship (currently undergoing a revamp) and Originals stores are now being challenged by the correspondingly edgy NikeLab store on Mercer Street and the New Nike SoHo flagship, now giving both companies a strong foothold to fight for those precious sneaker loving customers. Must we speak of these two brands as if they are in an endless pitched battle for market dominance? Well, probably not. After all some of us mix Adidas and Nike in our sneaker wardrobes, even with the occasional dash of Puma. The upshot is we now have a suddenly dramatic increase in the offerings from both of these sneaker giants, so go get yourselves some new sneakers.

More looks inside the new Adidas NYC Flagship. Photos courtesy of Adidas



J.Crew & Steven Alan Kick Off The Post-Thanksgiving Week With Theory, Billy Reid, Hugo Boss & More

Enough with Black Friday, Cyber Mondayand the heaps of holiday promotion at chain and department stores that we will all have to digest during a slightly longer than normal season. Bargain minded New Yorkers will be looking forward to their favorite sample sales before they start entering promo codes on their tablets and smartphones. Two perennial favorites kicked off on Monday in somewhat altered forms.

The J.CREW sale has regularly pulled huge crowds and sparked long lines, often taking over three of 260SampleSale's venues at once to include the main men's and women's labels as well as Crewcuts and MADEWELL. This year, the sale has undergone the kind of adjustment that such long-running sales often experience by going on a crash diet. Pared down to a single location at 260 Fifth Avenue, the once sprawling sale(s) has  assortments reduced dramatically, with men's products eliminated entirely except for a selection of shoes (pictured above). Why the slim-down, especially at its potentially most lucrative Holiday season sale? Who knows? There could be any number of reasons why, and it's worth remembering that nobody is actually obligated to hold sample sale at all, so they can do with them what they will. Shop what's left of the J.Crew sale through Sunday.

Having said all that, the STEVEN ALAN sale has returned to SoHo on Monday as well. Once the cause of frenzied lines across blocks of Tribeca, this sale has been under some transformations of its own, flirting with all-online versions and variations of public vs. private formats. The designer/storekeeper's choice to work with 260SampleSale appears to be working out nicely in terms of simple organizational efficiency as it has settled in nicely at 151 Greene Street through the weekend featuring its familiar mix of private label and third party designers with a sufficient cool factor. All SA-labeled goods are well-priced by category with everything less than $95 including his famous sorts (pictured below). Third party designers are a flat 75% off original prices which offers some great bargains as well. See the full price lists after the jump.

Some other old favorites are also returning this week including NANETTE LEPORE, whose showroom sales seem to pop ever more frequently. This one starts on Tuesday and runs through Friday featuring merchandise from the recent Fall and Pre-Fall collections along with archival samples and other special items.

The latest in a series of THEORY sales hits its usual Chelsea Market location on Wednesday. This one is dedicated to menswear and promises enough stock to carry it through the weekend.

BILLY REID fans should also mark their calendars for Wednesday as the designer opens up his Bond Street showroom for deep discounts on both his women's and men's collections. Located just across the street from his flagship boutique, look for shoes and accessories along with apparel through Saturday.

Finally, Saturday, brings us the stock version of HUGO BOSS's seasonal sample sale. Unlike the label's showroom sample events, this sale is expected to feature 70% the brand's famous tailored clothing in a full range of sizes for men and women along with shoes, accessories, furnishings and the rest of the brand's offerings.

For full details and locations, be sure to check out SALE ROLL sidebar at left. Next week, look for more excellent Holiday Shopping opportunities from Nancy Gonzalez, Alice and Olivia, Joie, Equipment and more.

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Tons of Cyber Monday Flash Sales + Robert Clergerie, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Alexander McQueen & More

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Diesel, Robert Clergerie, LaPrarie, Kenneth Jay Lane, Blush Lingerie, Chan Luu, Vince, Fendi Accessories, Christian Louboutin, Current/Elliott, Alex + Alex, John Varvatos Collection & USA, New Balance, Alexander McQueen, Wilson Watches, 2(X)IST, Allegri, Hickey Freeman, SPYDER Ski —join HERE
T Tahari, Ray-Ban, Peter Milar, Lucchese Boots, BluePrint, iRobot & Dyson, Konstantino, Tervis, Movado, Versace, Legacybox, Oribe, Joie, Ippolita, Furla, ALOR, Schmidt Brothers Cutlery, Orrefors/Kosta Boda, Michael Bastian —join HERE
Inhabit, Becca Cosmetics, Dr. Martens, Carmen Marc Valvo, Ron Tomson, Allen Edmonds, Nixon Watches, Alex and Ani, Donald J Pliner, LOVE Moschino, Kate Somerville, Rogue, Peter Millar, 7 Diamonds, Gilded Age, Lafayette 148, Franco Sarto, Liebeskind Berlin, Minuet, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tailorbyrd, Benson New York —join HERE


A Few Pre-Thanksgiving Treats From Ghurka, Montblanc & Bulgari

As usual, the week of Thanksgiving is not a big Sample Sale bonanza, but there are a few worthwhile stops to make for early Christmas shopping featuring luxury jewelry and prestigious accessories.

Tuesday is your last chance to pick a some discounted baubles from internationally renowned jeweler BVLGARI which has been in residence at Soiffer Haskin over the weekend. Look for covetable watches and jewelry, but there will also be leather goods, handbags and fragrance for those not quite ready to invest in precious gems and timepieces.

You also have until 5 PM on Tuesday to catch a bargain from MONTBLANC which is at 260 Fifth Avenue. While some may feel that pens are already obsolete in our touchpad ridden age, a fine writing instrument is always a mark of distinction, and Montblanc is the gold standard brand. They also promise savings on sleek and luxurious leather accessories, watches and jewelry.

Speaking of leather goods, classic American brand GHURKA is currently undergoing a revival, and its first Sample Sale (pictured above and below) is under way at 150 Greene Street through Wednesday. Look for hefty discounts on classic pieces for men and women including everything from luggage to tables stacked with wallets and even dog collars. We stopped by the preview on Sunday and saw lots of tempting items with prices kicking off at $50.

Next week, thing get back to normal with Holiday shopping from heavy hitters like J.Crew, Steven Alan, Billy Reid and more. Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for updated hours and locations as well as late breaking sales. We post 'em as soon as we get notified or whenever the grapevine does its work.


Giuseppe Zanotti, Gilded Age, Nambé, Victorinox, Miansai, Diesel & More In Flash Sales This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

UGG Australia, Rolex Estate Watches, Gucci Clothing & Accessories, Martin Greenfield, Montblanc, Curatore Shoes, Saint Laurent, ZAC Zac Posen, Miansai Jewelry, Maiyet, Adrienne Landau, Envoie de Fraise Maternity, J.Lindeberg, Gilded Age, Movado Watches, Waterford, Errebiacasa Bed Linens, Nourison, Assouline —join HERE
Susana Monaco, True Religion, Algenist & Clarins, Tahari ASL, Hobo The Original, Phat Buddha, Saint Laurent, Céline, Sharper Image, Giuseppe Zanotti, Richard Limoges, Nambé, Donald J Pliner, Melissa McCarthy Seven7, Alice + Olivia, D'or 24K & L'Reve, Phillip Gavriel —join HERE
Joe's Jeans, Love Token, Sky, Reigning Champ, Victorinox Swiss Army Watches, Free People, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Gorjana Jewelry, Triple Five Soul, King Baby, Religion, Sandro Moscoloni, Asics, TART, Diesel, Skagen Watches —join HERE


There's A Huge Nike Store In SoHo Just Itching' To Get Open

SoHo's Nike Store on November 11th, 2016, the day it was to have opened

Real estate in New York City is a pretty ruthless business. There are fights between developers and cummunity boards and local politicians all the time, but it is unusual for the opening of a 55,000 square foot retail flagship to have its grand opening legally halted just hours before the doors were to be unlocked. That, however is what has happened to the new Nike store that was to open last Friday on the corner of Broadway and Spring Street in SoHo.
In a feud pitting Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Community Board 2 and various other local officials against the Department of Buildings, the long awaited Nike store sits fully stocked and presumably staffed with its opening indefinitely postponed. The complaint concerns building regulations about the size of the store allowed in the space and the permits issued to redevelop 529 Broadway, the building that contains it. The protesters want Nike's certificate of occupancy recinded because, the company and the developer allegedly did not apply for the special permit required for stores over the 10,000 square foot limit imposed by the area's zoning rules. In addition, it is alleged that the DOB issued an alteration permit to build the building rather than demolition one. All of these discrepancies require greater public and oversight. Brewer and her cohorts allege that they were denied their rightful input by the DOB's arbitrary permit granting policies which allegedly favor developers over community input. Further arguments include details about party walls and how much of the original building on the site was retained that fall into the category of real estate arcana. The upshot is that Brewer and company have chosen the Nike Store to make their stand against the DOB. Now eager sneakerheads who were erroneously lined up outside the store on Friday morning will be waiting indefinitely until an agreement between all parties can be reached to grant Nike the temporary certificate of occupancy it needs to open its doors.
Brewer and company probably feel that a huge multibillion dollar corporation and presumably greedy developers are easy and suitably high-profile targets for their cause, but perhaps they shouldn't have waited until hours before the store was to open to throw a wrench into everyone's gears. The building has been under construction for years. Nike's plans for the store were also not a secret. Did they really need to wait until the last minute to protest improprieties? Now, there are not only eager customers waiting to shop at a major new store from one of America's most popular brands, but also a whole staff of workers for the multilevel store who expected that their jobs would start last Friday. It is not known how long Nike will be willing to pay managers, sales and stock staff for a store that is not being allowed to open and isn't selling anything. The company has already had to cancel at least one of the new product launches that bring customers streaming to their stores. Hopefully, the parties will be able to resolve their dispute in a timely manner. It seems unlikely Nike will actually have to pack up its big new store and find it another home, but now wonders if the city is really doing itself any favors by forcing it to sit idle right at the point it was ready to open.


Diane Von Furstenberg & Alexander Wang Return + Common Projects, Malo, Bulgari & More

The Sample Sale season has slid into gear nicely this month, and this week, two perennial favorites make their appearances this week. Here are some highlights:

DIANE von FURSTENBERG arrived promptly yesterday at 260 Fifth Avenue for what can only be expected to be a very busy week featuring the iconic designer's popular contemporary collections Shop through Saturday for a promised 75% off retail prices that may get even better towards the final days.

The main event on Tuesday is the long awaited return of ALEXANDER WANG to the sale scene. It's been a couple of years since the wunderkind has hosted a public sample sale, and this one promises the works at up to 80% off including archive pieces dating back to 2011. Shop through Saturday.

Also starting on Tuesday,  HANRO's luxurious Swiss-made innerwear and intimates for men and women will be on sale for two days only at up to 75% off in Midtown. SHOSHANNA's popular contemporary dresses will be similarly discounted in the Garment District for three days, as will RACHEL ZOE at Clothingline. 

Thursday brings shoe starlet CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA who will be taking up residence at the Roosevelt Hotel near Grand Central Terminal for one day only with her collection of shoes and handbags, as well as the bounty of labels at THE NEWS showroom including COMMON PROJECTS sneakers, OFFICINE GENERALE and others available at up to 70% off through Saturday.

Two iconic Italian brands hit the circuit on Saturday. MALO brings its sumptuous cashmere to Metropolitan Pavilion for its first New York sample sale at an enticing 80% off for three days. Finally, for the more ambitious shopper, BULGARI will arrive at Soiffer Haskin through Tuesday the 22nd offering rare savings on fine jewelry, watches, accessories and fragrance with substantial savings.

Details and locations can be found in our SALE ROLL sidebar at left along with any other late-breaking events.
Next week, the big J.Crew Sample Sale returns in a new, consolidated one-location version along with reliable player Esacada and Ghurka making its Sample Sale debut.


Anna Sui, Jack Spade, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Zadig & Voltaire, TUMI & More In Flash Sales This Week

Here is your weekly sampling of some of the brands you can expect to find on the bigger online Flash Sale Sites this week. You should click over to the sites themselves for a full schedule of events, and be sure to check for the correct start time for each sale. Shop well!

Anna Sui, 7 for All Mankind, Deborah Lippman Beauty, La Perla, Oscar de la Renta Footwear, Kenneth Cole, Ray-Ban, Baume & Mercier Watches, Balenciaga Accessories, VELVET by Graham & Spencer, Temperley London, OneForty8 by Lafayette 148, Melinda Maria Jewelry, Saint James, Prada, Gemelli, Giorgio Fedon 1919 Watches, Pajar All-Weather Footwear, Saks Fifth Avenue Cashmere, Bruno Magli, Andrew Marc, SimpleHuman, Matteo Bedding, Bastian Rugs, Bodum, Yamakazi, Sofia Cashmere, L'Objet, Nova Lighting, Kelsey Paris, Mepra Flatware —join HERE
Jack Spade, Clarks & Rockport, Unsimply Stitched, TUMI, Zadig & Voltaire, Moonlight Madness Sales, Ben Sherman, Absorba Babies, XCVI, Bionica Waterproof Boots, Rachel Zoe, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Carmen Marc Valvo, Tom Ford, Stuart Weitzman, Frye  —join HERE
Kate Spade, Jack Spade, Barbour, Boga, Joseph Abboud, Hudson Jeans, Dogeared, Jessica Simpson, Riller & Fount, Helen Kaminski Accessories, Mezlan, GO SMiLE, Dolce Guava, WeSC, Rachel Zoe, Splendid, OOBERSWANK, Tom Ford, OFRA Cosmetics, Alterna Hair Care, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare —join HERE


Elect Manolo Blahnik, Giorgio Armani, Derek Lam, Phillip Lim, J.W.Anderson & More At Sample Sales This Week

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It may be election day, but you might be forgiven for giving your priority time to the one-day MANOLO BLAHNIK sample sale which happens today only at the usual Warwick Hotel location. We all know that Hilary has zero chance of losing in New York, but that's not the only major draw Sample Sale that's happening this week. It's not quite as packed with big names as last wee, but it comes pretty close. 

DEREK LAMASICS and JOHN HARDY kicked off their sales yesterday at Clothingline, 260 Fifth Avenue and Metropolitan Pavilion respectively, but there are more sales coming throughout the week especially toward the end. Lam will be running only through tomorrow, while Hardy goes to Thursday, and Asics will be in residence through Saturday, reminding us that weekend sales are not necessarily covering the entire weekend anymore.

On Wednesday morning, 3.1 PHILLIP LIM opens to the public in SoHo at 150 Greene Street, We previewed this morning and found plenty of women's apparel (pictured above), a somewhat more random wall of menswear (pictured below) and a small but apparently relplenishable selection of bags

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(at right), as with Paul Smith a block west, the lower level showcases an unexpectedly large shoe selection for men and women. All in all, this should be a rewarding sale for Lim fans.
Also on Wednesday, THEORY moves the first of its regular series of sales a few steps away to Milk Studios. This one promises only womenswear. Stick around, There will surely be more of these to come.

Moving on to the weekend comes a pair of sales from two big guns. GIORGIO ARMANI returns to Soiffer Haskin with all of his labels (Except A|X). Find the main signature runway collection along with Armani Collezioni, Emporio, Jeans and Junior. This one's a classic. on the other end of the spectrum, celebrated London upstart (and current Loewe creative Director) J.W. ANDERSON will be debuting his first New York sample sale on Saturday at the Bryant Park Hotel for three days. Look for directional shapes and innovative looks, but prepare for a strict coat and bag check policy.

Keep an eye on our SALE ROLL sidebar at left for details and locations as well as late-breaking sales.
Next week, save up for Zac Posen, Charlotte Olympia, Hanro and the return of DVF. Happy shopping and don't forget to make time to vote.

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