Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
The battle for downtown luxury is heating up. The Real Deal reported over the weekend that "industry sources" have knowledge of Kate Spade, French retailer The Kooples, Acne Studios, and Zadig & Voltaire signing on to the Westfield Group's retail project at the World Trade Center. Meanwhile, Brookfield Place just filled its last spot with high-end cosmetics store Cos Bar.
These retailers will be in what's known as the Oculus, an "oval-shaped, below-grade shopping hub that will be the focal point of the 365,000-square-foot World Trade Center retail area," according to the site. Meanwhile, high-end brands Tom Ford, Armani, and Tiffany & Co. will occupy some of the limited street-level retail spaces.
Other brands rumored to be taking space in the Oculus include Apple, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, John Varvatos, J. Lindberg, Cole Haan and Canali. As for food, Eataly is potentially coming to 4 World Trade Center.
Meanwhile, Brookfield Place added Saks Fifth Avenue last week, with sources saying that the downtown store would carry the same range of products as the uptown flagship.
· World Trade Center Takes Soho Turn in Main Hall [TRD]
· Tom Ford, Tiffany & Co., and More Sign on for WTC Stores [Racked NY]
· Saks Fifth Avenue Coming to Brookfield Place, Off Fifth Nearby [Racked NY]