Kate Spade selects Bluewater for regional debut

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Kate Spade will open its first UK store outside of London at the Bluewater shopping and leisure destination in Kent this Christmas.

The US premium accessories, ready-to-wear and lifestyle brand will open a 1,600 sq ft boutique on the lower Guildhall, which will carry its collection of handbags, small leather goods, apparel, footwear, fashion accessories, tech and stationery. It will be the brand’s fifth UK location; its London stores are based on Regent Street, Covent Garden, Sloane Square and Westfield London.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be opening our first store outside of London,” said Kate Spade president and chief creative officer Deborah Lloyd. “With a reputation as the leading retail and leisure destination in the UK, Bluewater was a clear choice for our first full price store outside London. As an American brand with a global sensibility, we are looking forward to introducing the full breadth of the kate spade new york lifestyle offerings to new and existing brand fans in the region.”

To accommodate the Kate Spade store, British luxury lifestyle brand Aspinal of London has moved to a new 1,300 sq ft store on the upper Guildhall, which opened this month. And Kate Spade’s parent brand Coach is also due to open a store at the centre later this year, along with make-up brand Smashbox.

Robert Hardie, senior portfolio manager at Landsec, co-owner and asset manager of Bluewater, said: “This very strong level of demand from such aspirational retailers is a reflection of Bluewater’s appeal amongst affluent guests, for whom Bluewater provides a premium offer and experience. Along with other premium brands such as Michael Kors and The White Company, Bluewater offers a genuine alternative to central London.”