Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger about to open first standalone stores in NZ

A mixture of international and local fashion and beauty retailers will be opening new stores in Commercial Bay when it opens next year.

American clothing brands Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, and Dutch fashion retailer Scotch & Soda, will open their first New Zealand standalone retail stores at the centre. Both Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger will be offering a combination of apparel, fragrance, accessories and homewares.

The Australian brand R.M. Williams, surf apparel Rip Curl and sportswear retailer Asics have also signed up to open flagship stores at the centre.

Womenswear brand Kookai and local fashion brand Twenty-seven Names will be joining other local brands at the centre alongside outdoor retailer Icebreaker and local brand Storm.

According to Precinct Properties, the city centre specialists behind the Commercial Bay development, the recent update takes the leasing of Commercial Bay to 95 per cent.

“We’ve given a lot of thought to curating an outstanding retail offering in the heart of the city,” said Scott Pritchard, Precinct Properties CEO.

Pritchard said each retailer has been closely considered to ensure Commercial Bay provides the ultimate shopping experience for Aucklanders, visitors from around New Zealand and international guests to the city.

“Commercial Bay will be a welcoming place with something for everyone,” he said. “I’m confident our retail mix, combined with a truly world-class food and beverage offering will be a great draw card.”

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Precinct Properties said Whitcoulls bookstore and a handful of beauty and wellness brands have also given the nod to launch stores at the centre. The beauty and wellness retailers include nail salon Art of Nails, haircare store Shampoo and Things, men’s barber Gentry and skincare salon Skintopia.

Lovely by Skin Institute will open its fifth retail store in the country in Commercial Bay, its first store in central Auckland, along with New Zealand natural wellness brand Harker Herbals.

According to Precinct Properties, the overall development will feature a mix of more than 100 retailers from fashion to food and beverage to beauty and specialty retail.

The newly announced stores will be joining the previously mentioned ones Sandro, Maje, Kate Spade, Furla, Federation, Superette and Rodd & Gunn, among others.

The $690 million development, which is being built by Fletcher Properties, has revised the opening date of the retail centre from September of this year to March 2020, and the opening date of the PwC office tower from December of this year to April 2020.

Precinct Properties originally expected the retail centre to be done in October 2018 and the office tower in mid-2019, but it has continued to push back the opening dates due to “slippage” in the construction of the project.

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