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Below, we've rounded up a dozen stores that we're looking forward to seeing in the coming months, from tomorrow's brick-and-mortar debut of a Brooklyn-based label to the long-awaited opening of a certain tech store in Williamsburg. Know of a forthcoming store that you don't see here? Let us know about it in the comments section.
The Bed-Stuy born-and-raised sisters Lizzy and Darlene Okpo only have a few collections under their belts, but they've gained enough buzz from fans like Solange and stockists like Opening Ceremony to to warrant opening their first-ever store at South Street Seaport—an area that's been gaining fashion credit as of late with stores like Whisper Editions and Brother Vellies. Luckily, you won't have to wait long for the first entry on this list—according to the brand's Instagram page, their grand opening party is taking place tomorrow (and you can attend, too).
Bottega Veneta's creative director is making good on his promise to focus on his eponymous collection. Just months after opening on Madison Avenue, the brand has confirmed that they'll be opening a second store in the West Village at 407 Bleecker Street—the former home of Jimmy Choo—on or around April 15th (Update: Tomas Maier opened its doors on April 11th).
We've known that this crazy-cheap jewelry brand has been planning to open its first Manhattan store since 2013, and its massive hot pink signage across the street from the New York Public Library has been super hard to miss. And now we're just weeks away from getting their largest store ever, complete with bright pink double doors and a twinkling light display to accompany accessories that mostly range in price from $10 to $30. [Update: A brand representative tells us the store will open in late May or early June.]
Flying Tiger Copenhagen
And now, the Charming Charlie of home goods. We just learned that the Danish brand that gives off an "Ikea for tchotchkes" vibe is opening its first stateside store in the Flatiron District on May 16th, and a vast majority of what they sell goes for $10 or less—meaning you can afford to grab a home upgrade or four with every paycheck. "We're really directed toward your inner eight-year-old," managing director Tina Kanter said about their offerings.
Though the grand opening of the Financial District's first of several luxury shopping destinations took place in late March, there's still much more to expect from Brookfield Place. Following last week's Lululemon debut and this week's Salvatore Ferragamo opening, we're expecting Vilebrequin this month, Scoop NYC in June, and Burberry and Calypso St. Barth at some point before summer. Gucci, Hermes, and rumored brands like Drybar and Eileen Fisher likely won't open this season.
Dylan's Candy Bar
The storied Upper East Side candy bar still looks to be on track to make its downtown debut at Union Square, which was first announced last fall, at some point this season. Their website still only offers the general "Spring 2015" opening date, but we'll be ready for technicolor lollipops and confections made with all sorts of cereal-and-marshmallow combinations whenever they decide to arrive.
Just barely making it into the realm of spring is the rebirth of Rizzoli, whose new home at 1133 Broadway is expected to debut in June. It's been a year since the publisher moved out of its beautiful 57th Street home, but grand plans to restore this address's original details from 1896 sound gorgeous as well.
Acne Studios West Village
Though the Swedish brand hasn't made any official announcements about the opening date for their second Manhattan store—inside a space that used to house a dry cleaner on the border of the West Village and the Meatpacking District—here's hoping that their prominent signage that went up a few weeks ago indicates that we'll be seeing leather-jacket-and-denim perfection here sooner rather than later.
Last but certainly not least is the long-awaited Brooklyn debut of Apple. Although the secretive brand hasn't made an opening date known yet, it's long been expected that renovations at 247 Bedford Avenue would be completed this month. That makes it sound as if the store won't be ready for the debut of the Apple Watch, but there's still a chance that they'll open up this season.