After a few tantalizing delays, Jimmy Choo has opened in Scottsdale Fashion Square, another first-in-Arizona for the downtown shopping center at Scottsdale and Camelback roads.
High-fashion Jimmy Choo shoes and accessories are often worn by the Hollywood set on red carpets, and they command prices worthy of the well-to-do customers.
So loosen your purse-strings if you want to shop there.
Jimmy Choo moved into the former Tomatoes spot on the first floor, near Dillard’s.
And there’s a lot more excitement planned for that wing of the mall.
Bottega Veneta, a luxury retailer best known for its signature leather goods, including handbags, luggage and leather wallets, is planning to open at Fashion Square next month.
Bottega Veneta will move into the empty space across the mall entrance aisle from Jimmy Choo.
Fashion Square owner Westcor also is nearing a deal for the empty store space next to Bang & Olufsen, between Dillard’s and Neiman Marcus department stores. The store’s name is still “unannounceable,” said mall marketing manager Linda Whitlow. But it should be available soon, when the lease is finalized.
Also unannounceable is the answer to the ponderous question, “Where in the world is The Gap?”
What is a mall, even a luxury mall, without a Gap store?
Gap and Gap Body closed at Fashion Square, but they are coming back, Whitlow said.
The actual store leases and probable locations are still secret until the lease documents are signed, she said.
Gap’s departure is a frequently voiced concern among the mall’s regular shoppers, Whitlow said.
In the old Gap space, two new-to-the-mall stores are getting ready for July openings.
They are Puma, which makes and sells its signature sneakers, clothing, other sports-related gear and lifestyle items at its branded shops, and A/X Armani Exchange, which sells edgy fashions for young men and women, styles influenced by the famous designer’s concepts.
Just signed up for mall space, but not expected to open until April 2009, is Bare Escentuals, a fast-growing prestigious mineral-based cosmetics and skin care company.
Bare Escentuals sells its products primarily through infomercials, home shopping television, specialty beauty retailers, company-owned boutiques, spas and salons.
The new Fashion Square boutique is pegged to slide into a slot between Papyrus and Metropolitan Museum of Art stores.