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Davidoff flagship opens in Manhattan

A new Davidoff flagship store and Cigar Lounge has been opened in lower Manhattan.

Davidoff flagship opens in Manhattan

A new Davidoff flagship store and Cigar Lounge has been opened in lower Manhattan.

Plukka pops up in New York

Launched as a flash-sale website for made-to-order jewellery, Hong Kong-based Plukka has made its US debut.

Inside the new Barneys New York flagship

Luxury speciality retailer Barneys New York has completed its new downtown flagship in Chelsea.

Inside the new Barneys New York flagship

Luxury speciality retailer Barneys New York has completed its new downtown flagship in Chelsea.

India’s Specialty Restaurants plans 24 new ‘fun’ eateries

Indian fine dining restaurant operator Specialty Restaurants plans to open 24 new ‘fun’ eateries, including in new markets like London and New York.

Vivienne Westwood hits New York

UK designer Vivienne Westwood will open her third US store this fall – her first in the Big Apple.

Hong Kong still tops global rent rankings

Hong Kong has held its place atop the list of the world’s most expensive cities to lease high street retail space. But there are some surprises further down the list. CBRE has released the latest rankings which average out a city’s high street rentals. The Cushman & Wakefield rankings released in November rank individual streets and saw New York’s Fifth Avenue displace Causeway Bay. In this week’s study, Hong Kong, for the third year, surpasses New York, Paris and London wit…

Noodle chain gets Cool Japan funding

A premium ramen noodle restaurant chain is set for an overseas roll-out sponsored by a Japanese government entrepreneurial fund. Cool Japan Fund, which currently has 100 billion yen in its kitty with which to sponsor Japanese companies expanding offshore, will invest 2 billion yen (US$16.51 million) in Fukuoka-based Chikaranomoto Holdings which runs 120 Ippudo-branded ramen restaurants in Japan and mainly Asian cities already. The one photographed above is in Bangkok. Ippudo means one wind…

Luxe brand lands in Philippines

British luxury fashion brand Joseph is the latest new brand to be lured to the Philippines by SM group. Joseph recently opened its first store in Southeast Asia at SM Aura, (pictured). “We are thrilled to be opening a store in the Philippines at such an important time for the local luxury market, “ said Louise Trotter, creative director at Joseph. “Showing the Joseph collection within a store that reflects the brand’s core DNA allows us to offer our clients in the Philippines the f…

Hong Kong loses retail rent ranking

New York’s Upper Fifth Avenue is now the world’s most expensive to rent retail space. It has overtaken Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay in the annual Cushman & Wakefield Main Streets Across the World survey released in France this week. On Upper Fifth Avenue, (pictured), rents rose 13.3 per cent year-on-year to a record US$3500 per square foot, while Causeway Bay rents fell 6.8 per cent to $2735. In third spot was Champs-Élysées in Paris, where rents were static after a stunning 40 …

From lion hunters to cool hunters

For more than eight decades, at the corner of 82nd and Lexington on the Upper East Side of New York City stood a local institution by the name of Lascoff Drugs. The founder, J.L. Lascoff, a Russian-Polish immigrant to the US, opened the very first pharmacy in New York State in 1899. J.L’s son Frederick took over in 1936, and (as reported in his New York Times obituary) Fred “sold leeches to battered prizefighters, catnip oil to lion hunters, and various strange potions to people who ha…