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Topshop signage, via Instagram/@rackedny
Holy crap, we're basically halfway through 2014. We've already seen some some pretty major store openings in New York City: Rachel Comey, the BHLDN shop-in-shop, La Garçonne, and two Urban Outfitters (Space Ninety 8 and the lifestyle center, lest you forget). But with six more months to go this year, there's some big names that are yet to come.
Ahead, check out 14 stores that we can't wait to open by the end of this year. Some have specific opening dates, others are generalized to seasons, and still more are totally up in the air. If you've got any information about these stores, let us know in the comments section or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rendering via WWD
Band of Outsiders
At last February's fashion week, designer Scott Sternberg said the Soho store—which he referred to as a "playground"—would be opening mid-July. Though we haven't heard anything to the contrary, this was said basically forever ago, and inevitable construction delays might have gotten in the way.
Though the jeweler was originally slated for a June opening at the same address as In God We Trust, the 700-square-foot shop won't be operational until at least the following month.
Last summer's signage
3.1 Phillip Lim Noho
The designer himself said during Fashion Week that the Great Jones Street "studio luxury" store will open in August, exactly a year after the location was confirmed.
The first store ever for Pookie and Louisa Burch (yes, the daughters of C. Wonder founder Christopher Burch and ex-stepdaughters of Tory Burch), with their line of updated classics for fall, should arrive on Greene Street in August.
Though the jewelry designer works out of a Soho studio, she told New York magazine that she's opening up her first-ever store in Flatiron—though an address and opening date beyond "summer" were elusive.
What COS looked like earlier this year
We had kind of been stalking 129 Spring Street earlier this year looking for signs of construction when we thought it was going to open in the spring, but then the H&M sister brand suddenly got pushed back to a fall opening—there's no further date information beyond that at the moment.
10 Crosby Derek Lam
No, the store isn't opening at the namesake address—it's headed for 115 Mercer Street, an already super-fashion-stacked block—but it does mark the designer's first freestanding store for the sister label. Expect the doors to open in October.
Topshop Fifth Avenue
The British brand's second location in the city, which plans to be more "upscale" to compete with its luxe neighbors, looks to be on track with their Fall 2014 opening. Or, at the very least, they've got sweet signage going on.
We Have No Idea
& Other Stories
The other H&M sister brand announced themselves rather loudly at 575 Broadway with a big ol' "Coming Soon" sign. They don't have a specific opening date, but we're speculating that since COS was announced first, & Other Stories will open afterwards.
The e-commerce site plans to do brick and mortar in a big way, with one floor filled with products available for testing and take-home and another for hair services and classes. It was originally reported that they'd open in May, but that date's obviously come and gone—we're checking in with their PR for updated information.
Though it was sad to see indie boutique Castor & Pollux go, it's exciting to gain an all-natural beauty store in the West Village. Their website currently says that they're "working hard" to open up the store at the same location on 10th Street, and you can sign up for a newsletter that'll offer updates and spa scheduling.
Update: We heard back from the store—they said they're "hoping for" a September opening.
Last we checked, the French brand had put up their "coming soon" signage in the former Moschino spot, just around the corner from Apple on West 14th Street. The exact definition of "soon," however, is unknown.
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Polo Ralph Lauren
The brand's flagship store will contain the debut of its women's line and a full-fledged restaurant, whenever it opens. For now, just admire the huge branding it's put up along Fifth Avenue.
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