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Kate Spade Coming to CityCenterDC and Some Reader Scuttlebutt – Hermes, Gucci, D&G, Tiffany&Co Coming too?

by Prince Of Petworth March 7, 2014 at 2:30 pm 43 Comments


Earlier this week @CityCenterDC tweeted the photo above:

“Look who popped up at #CityCenterDC today! Plan your @katespadeny purchases at http://www.katespade.com!”

And last week when we noted coming soon signage for Longchamp, a reader commented some interesting scuttlebutt about who else is coming:

“Hermes, Gucci, D&G, Tiffany&Co”

  • Sarah

    Uniqlo. Uniqlo. Uniqlo. Uniqlo. Uniqlo. Uniqlo. Uniqlo. Uniqlo. Uniqlo. Uniqlo.

    That’s all we need.

    • Stone Island

      Unliqo is really shit. It’s just an H&M but since we don’t have in DC everyone is very excited about it. Same with Top Shop. I’m happy to see some decent brands locating at City Centre. I’m never going to shop at Hermes, but the fact that they are locating here is important for the downtown DC.

      • Truxton Thomas

        I was just about to ask: What is so great about Uniqlo? I’ve never been to one, and I don’t think I’d heard of it until the outcry I’ve seen here for it to come to City Center.

        • I’ve asked in previous threads about it, and basically everyone said it’s clothes for small/thin people, or something along those lines. Oh and it’s cheap or something.

          • JF

            i don’t really see why brands that most people can’t afford is “good for downtown DC”. a Uniqlo would be patronized a great deal more and would bring more revenue to the city. I say this as someone who has shopped at Hermes and has plenty of H&M in my closet . Gotta mix your highs and lows ;)

            That being said, it seems like they are being very picky with the stores they bring to this development so I’d be surprised if a Uniqlo comes.

          • Anonymous

            I was all excited when I stumbled across Unliqo in Bangkok. But after two minutes of walking around, it appeared to be nothing more than an old navy type, cheap clothing store. Huge downer!

            Thankfully the AC was cracking though.

          • Anonymous

            Stores like this aren’t typically meant for local residents and are usually there for the tourist draw, which does help downtown DC.

          • Stone Island

            To JF – Do you really think that only local residents shop on 5th Ave in Manhattan or Regent Street in W1? I’m not trying to be a dick, but surely a placed like City Center is more for the “once in a lifetime” purchase than a DC USA Target experience?

          • JF

            stores like Uniqlo, Zara, and H&M are also a draw for tourists as they are not found in many smaller cities. regardless of who they are meant for, in terms of revenue for the city, a more accessible store would definitely bring in more money and be good for the city. i walk by Burberry every day and have never seen more than 1 or 2 people in there.

            if you’d like to make an argument for the image of the city, that would be different.

          • Anonymous

            @ Stone Island, i’m not saying that there isn’t a market for high end shopping in DC. i am also not saying that both residents and tourists wouldn’t shop there. I am simply trying to understand how very high end shopping as opposed to more affordable brands are somehow better for our city as a whole. especially from a revenue perspective. as i said, if you’d like to say the benefit is simply in saying we have one, or the way it looks for the area’s image, then say that.

          • StatingTheObvious

            First off, whoever told you it was clothes for thin people is wrong, because I have stuff of theirs that fits me, and I’m certainly not thin. Right there, that’s a key differentiator from H&M. I’d also say the quality is a good bit better, and there are fewer trendy pieces. Prices, however, are similar, which is why the brand has such ardent fans.

          • Mostly small Asian guys (to answer your who told me query).

      • Uniqlofan

        No it isn’t. It’s well known in the industry that the CEO is crazy meticulous about quality, and you’re basically getting Banana Republic-quality stuff for Old Navy prices. My Uniqlo clothes have lasted years.

        • Anon X

          So there’s nothing quality about banana republic. Old navy stuff is already banana republic quality at old navy prices… Why do we need another crappy clothes store?

      • Anonymous

        I have a bunch of clothes from Uniqlo – pants, sweaters, polos, jackets, etc – and try to go there whenever I am in New York. It’s not the transformative experience everyone makes it out to be but they have a good selection of basics and business casual wear at prices similar to H&M, but I think the quality is better and the fashion is less likely to go out of style. To me it’s like the Trader Joes of clothing stores.

        I also have a small but muscular frame and H&M clothes tend to fit a bit odd, whereas Uniqlo XS clothes fit just right for me. It would be a good fit for DC but you’re right, once it’s here for a few years it’ll be old hat and we’ll be on to the next store (whatever it happens to be).

    • bb

      Agreed – Uniqlo is the only reason I pay attention to what’s happening here. I wonder what the holdup is. (And to the other commenters, it carries odd sizes and has decent, cheap clothing that’s good value for money.)

  • dcreal

    They need a SCOOP NYC(DC)

  • Anonymous

    god, having a kate spade this close to me is going to be dangerous

  • Need food

    I work nearby and would just like some better lunch options. Cosi, Subway and Chop’t just aren’t doing it for me anymore.

  • iStore

    All I want is an Apple store…sounds like that fell apart.

    Of all the shops mentioned only Uniqlo interests me/fits in my budget.

  • GiantSquid

    Sweet baby Jeebus! How glad will I and the Mister be to not have to hike out to Tysons for Tiffany’s. Plus, with all the businesses in the area that need corporate gifts, it’ll be ideal for them to sell pens, vases, etc.

  • Anonymous

    The only thing I want at CityCenter is a LEGO store. I know it will never happen, but an AFOL can dream right?

  • Anonymous

    Please let this be true… Downtown needs some fashion eye candy… Zara’s not cutting it… Bring it!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, real premium shopping in DC?

  • Pixie

    There’s already a Kate Spade store in Georgetown. I wonder if they closing that store and relocating, like Burberry?

  • Anon

    WHOLE FOODS PEOPLE, Whole Foods.

  • Anon

    And Cava Mezze

  • 17thSter

    I’d love it if they opened a Nespresso boutique here. I’m a sucker for them.

  • WestEND

    Hello Kanye and Kim!

  • StatingTheObvious

    Meh. Without an anchor store here–Apple, Uniqlo, someone mentioned Lego, which would work too–it’s hard to get excited about these other places. I mean, I’m happy there’s an Allen Edmonds close to my house, but I realistically don’t see myself going to buy a $300 pair of shoes for work more than once a year, at most.

  • District Style

    Weren’t there rumors a long time ago that Eataly was considering a DC location here – or am I just dreaming of more food options downtown? Were those rumors squashed?

  • Anonymous

    What or where is city center?

  • The Dude

    I don’t get the City Center shopping thing yet. Every time I walk by Tumi and the Allen Edmonds fancy shoe store (around 6:30pm most days), they’re plum empty with bored sales people standing around. Maybe this changes when City Center gets fully populated? Or when these retail meccas get “discovered”? Just don’t see how these places are going to make it yet with the presumably crazy rents they’re paying there.

    • Anonymous

      I went to Allen Edmonds. It was fairly busy for a shoe store, and everyone was actually buying something.
      And it’s not considered a fancy shoe store. It is solidly mid range.

  • E in Rosedale

    That’s a pretty serious lineup of high-end stores. I predict Apple cracks and throws their lot in.

  • Anon2

    Uniqlo will be there. Apple is definitely out. No Nesspresso, but will be 2 other coffee shops – one selling Stumptown. There won’t be a whole foods but there will be a market of some sort.

    • Anonymous

      The apple deal definitely fell through, as confirmed by Hines, but that doesn’t mean some other deal won’t be reached down the road. However, I think I read that half the space intended for apple has already been leased to a restaurant to be revealed later. It seems unlikely that apple would take a suboptimal space.
      I have not seen any confirmation regarding Uniqlo. How do you know it will be there?

  • Cathy

    Sephora Sephora Sephora!!!


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