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The new year is just days old, but already New York City's retail scene is looking toward the future. By our count, there are ten big store openings coming our way, from the first stateside Carven to the Dover Street Market to a massive H&M. And unfortunately, two stores that were on our list last year—we'll let you guess who—still have yet to arrive.
Read on for the upcoming stores we're the most excited about, with intel that includes confirmed addresses, fuzzy details, and even a few rumors.—Cambrey Thomas
10. Badgley Mischka
Taking up shop in the former Pucci townhouse, Badgley Mischka is finally getting a store in Manhattan by way of the Upper East Side. The luxe and homey multi-level space will feature a garden, a bridal salon, and a private VIP shopping experience on the third floor.
9. JCP Soho
The retail giant is expanding from its perch in Midtown to a prime corner in Soho. There's no word on their exact plans, but JCP for sure has their name on a lease for 200 Lafayette Street. Will they feature an edited specialty collection? A mini-store? Or a storefront for one of their house brands? Only time will tell.
8. Maison Ladurée Soho
Though a fall opening was announced, these types of shops tend to have a way of opening on their own time—especially stores that make their name by flying in delicate sweets from Paris on the near daily basis. Sugar fiends will have to wait just a bit longer for what's promised to be "the most beautiful Ladurée in the world," complete with a tea room and restaurant.
7. H&M Conde Nast
Versace, Marni, Lanvin, Margiela, and now Condé Nast—H&M proves time and time again it knows how to pair up with the big names of fashion. This go around, the Swedish retailer is set to sling its wares in the 45,000 square feet space of the former ESPN Zone at 4 Times Square—or, the Condé home base.
Sandy can't keep a good store down! While we're all hoping that 2013 is the year the fabled Soho Balenciaga comes to life, we have to give props to them for the swift seasonal store they launched after the Chelsea store flooded. But until that fateful opening day, you'll have to wait with bated breath for the "dramatic, open, column-free space."
5. Carven Soho
Last year, Carven let it slip a few times that they were plotting a New York store, and back in June, it was revealed that Soho would be the place. Though a specific address has yet to be listed, a spot on Grand and Mercer Streets has been mentioned as a possibility.
4. Intermix Bowery (and Brooklyn)
Fresh off the news of their $130 million acquisition by the Gap, Intermix is celebrating by expanding its NYC empire with a few new stores. Although it's confirmed for a spring opening, the exact Bowery locale is still under wraps. Later in the year, the upscale retailer also plans to open somewhere in Brooklyn.
3. Fred Segal
Soon, New Yorkers will be able to relate to Cher Horowitz's panicked yell of: "Lucy! Where's my white collarless shirt from Fred Segal?" Looking to expand to the East Coast and worldwide, the Sandow Media-owned store will put down roots in Manhattan, Vegas, Europe and Asia, all sometime in the near future. Last May, the company announced they would open one of their new stores early this year, and we're hoping New York comes first.
2. Dover Street Market
With an intent to "transform the area," Rei Kawakubo is set to open a Dover Street Market on 30th and Lexington in Kips Bay this coming December. Like its international counterparts, the outpost's US spot will mix Comme des Garçons pieces with vintage, art, and like-minded brands in a neighborhood not known for its fashion forwardness.
1. Saint Laurent Paris
When we included YSL's Soho store in last year's list, we thought it would be a mere months before it opened. But in true fashion form, a new designer at the helm meant new changes abound—as well as a severe rebranding. With the overhaul in mind, insiders are gunning on a "spring at the earliest" opening once the kinks are sorted out.