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What Happened to Belstaff? Would They Ever Open Here?

Two looks from Belstaff Fall 2012

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Has it been a while since you've wanted to take a late-fall motoring trip up-state in your vintage Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce? Maybe the car doesn't matter, but this fall, you'll have that lofty chance once again-- and to do it while wearing the finest motoring gear on the planet. Earlier this year, in February, Belstaff which has sat dormant since 2009, re-launched at London Fashion Week. With stores in European cities of note including London this Fall, the brand has made plans to open a 4,000-square-foot flagship on Fifth Ave in New York in October.

In January this year, as the company was preparing to show at LFW, the new CEO, Harry Slatkin mentioned that 50 percent of the new business will be retail and 50 percent wholesale. Now, we've learned that only two Neiman Marcus stores in the United States will be the first to sell the brand. The first is in Chicago, and the second in San Francisco. Could this mean that the brand is really looking to make a footprint in the city?

$3,000 for an edgy motorcycle jacket isn't unheard of in the Gold Coast and we suspect that similarly to how Cucinelli was a top seller in luxury department stores, and has opened in on Rush, Belstaff will as well. After all, there's so much development along Oak so we've got that going for us, also, Harry told WWD the company is considering stores in Miami, Paris, Munich and [YAY] Chicago.
· Belstaff [Official Site]
· Belstaff to Open Flagships in London, New York [WWD]
· Neiman Marcus [Official Site]

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