Even with the cancellation of the Baccarat Hotel and “1” Hotel & Residences being delayed, The Streets of Buckhead project pushes on and continues to land ultra high-end retailers. This week, Ben Carter announced some impressive additions to his growing list of luxury brands.
Van Cleef & Arpels: Whimsical fine jewelry and watches. You can spend $100,000 and up on jaw dropping jewelry if you want to impress that special someone.
Brunello Cucinelli: Luxury Italian cashmere sweaters and fine clothing. $12,000 furs available. Watch out for P.E.T.A.
Bonpoint: French luxury clothing line for children made from the best fabrics – a true Parisian luxury.
Billy Martin’s: Western and “rock-n-roll” fashions from leather jackets to jewelry. Who knew you could spend upwards of $3,000 on cowboy boots?
Arthur: French sleepwear and fine boxer shorts.
Equinox: Exclusive gym known for star-sitings in Los Angeles and New York.
Christofle: A French gift boutique featuring frames, jewelry, a bridal registry and tableware. Think Tiffany, but better.
Le Colonial: French-Vietnamese fine dining restaurant from New York.
Van Cleef and Arpels will join an exclusive list of international retailers at The Streets of Buckhead. With just a dozen stores in the United States, the newest Van Cleef & Arpels boutique will be 3,200 square feet and will boast the unique design of British designer Anouschka Hempel. Founded in 1906 by Alfred Van Cleef and his brothers-in-law Charles and Julien Arpels on the Place Vendôme in Paris, Van Cleef & Arpels has a long and storied history as one of the world’s most celebrated jewelers. Each new collection from Van Cleef & Arpels is inspired by facets of longstanding themes of the House including nature, couture and the arts. This creativity combined with the jewelry-makers’ masterful use of only the world’s top-quality gemstones has left the Van Cleef & Arpels legacy ripe with iconic creations such as the Alhambra-the legendary quatrefoil design which brings luck and happiness to all who wear it.
In the United States, Van Cleef & Arpels has locations in New York, Palm Beach, Beverly Hills, Bal Harbour, Chicago, Costa Mesa, Manhasset, NY, Boca Raton, Chevy Chase and Las Vegas. “Van Cleef and Arpels is has an exquisite collection of fine jewelry. It was an obvious choice for The Streets of Buckhead. It reflects our mission of providing high-end, international brands to consumers,” said Carter.
Arthur, a France-based luxury retailer offering French chic homewear and beachwear, will open its first Atlanta-area boutique at The Streets of Buckhead. Founded in 1983, Arthur currently operates more than 50 locations in France and two in New York. Over the years Arthur has extended its product lines to offer indoor wear, pajamas, robes, socks and other clothing items associated comfort and relaxation for the family. The boutique’s beach collection includes swimsuits, beach robes, beach dresses, linen pants, and children’s bathing suits. Velour sweatsuits for women and kids are also offered. Through its boutiques and licensing agreements, Arthur’s full line of “cocooning” attire and beachwear is available extensively in Europe; future growth is projected to include 150 U.S. locations and 50 in Canada over the next few years. Arthur became publicly traded 2000.
Billy Martin’s, a fine western-lifestyle brand, will open its newest location at The Streets of Buckhead. With its flagship boutique based at the Trump Plaza in New York City, Billy Martin’s will open its new “southern branch” at The Streets of Buckhead in 1,887 square feet in a prominent location on East Paces Ferry Road. Billy Martin’s is a born-and-bred American company with a 29-year-old history and heritage. It specializes in the sale of upscale western-inspired apparel, boots, belts, buckles, accessories, jewelry, home décor, furnishings, and Americana. Its customers range from the “everyday Joe” to a “who’s who” of celebrities and VIPs from the world of entertainment, the arts, music, movies, sports, politics and theatre.
Over nearly three decades, shoppers have included Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Mickey Rourke, Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Jewel, Madonna, Cher and Angelina Jolie. It has outfitted countless Oscar and Emmy nominees, Golden Globe stars, Broadway casts, and guest attendees and presenters at MTV, Country Music and Grammy awards programs.
A well-appointed wardrobe for children is on the horizon, as French fashion house Bonpoint plans its November 2009 grand opening at The Streets of Buckhead. The Atlanta location of Bonpoint will join New York, Beverly Hills and Palm Beach as exclusive network of U.S. locations as well as international locations in London, Milan and Tokyo. Since opening its first boutique in Paris in 1975, Bonpoint has become “the” reference in the world of children’s luxury clothing. Chic and classy, elegant and luxurious, Bonpoint clothes immediately entered the wardrobes of little boys and girls in Paris’ most elegant neighborhoods.
The 1,100-square-foot space at The Streets of Buckhead will offer luxury fashion for babies and children, including girls’ blouses, skirts, dresses and totes, and boys’ blazers, sweaters and slacks. Shoes, outerwear and graphic T-shirts also are sold to complete any wardrobe. Four collections per year are designed: spring-summer, fall-winter, cruise-christmas, and ski. Bonpoint creates collections for every moment of a child’s life: city elegance, chic sportswear, glamorous dressy. The boutique’s interior offers a creative mix of yesterday’s refinement and today’s modern luxury that is a perfect reflection of the Bonpoint spirit, its understated displays serving as a soft backdrop to delicate, creative and playful frocks.
Brunello Cucinelli, offering fine luxury cashmere and knitwear for men and women joins the Ben Carter Properties development and plans to open its doors when The Streets of Buckhead opens in November 2009. Brunello Cucinelli’s 1,734-sqaure-foot boutique will be located along Bolling Way, just south of Buckhead Avenue adjacent to other already-committed retailers including Bottega Veneta and Oscar de la Renta. With other U.S. locations in New York’s West Village and East Hampton, Burnello Cucinelli boutiques create the charm and ambiance of a sleepy Italian village complete with wood-planked floors and black-and-white photos of Cucinelli’s hometown adorning whitewashed, exposed brick walls.
Convinced that a serene environment and beautiful surroundings nurture human creativity and develop a community in which the people who work there share its values, in 1985 Cucinelli moved the company to Solomeo, a 14th century village in Italy’s Umbria region. The company, founded in 1978, is built on a core value of humanism and strives to achieve what it calls, “The Supreme Good” – a state at which one’s work becomes an expression of one’s value and spirituality. From these building blocks come some of the world’s finest, most beautiful knits and cashmeres for men and women –available in the United States in only a handful of freestanding locations and department stores. This opportunity comes at a perfect time for the company,” said Cucinelli. “Atlanta is the ideal market to continue our expansion and brand awareness in the US following our success in New York City and East Hampton and our opening this fall in Beverly Hills.”
Christofle, maker of fine creations for the table and home, will join the distinctive group of retailers at The Streets of Buckhead. The 1,500-square-foot Christofle boutique at The Streets of Buckhead – the first such store in Atlanta – will carry an exquisite collection of jewelry for men, women and children; home accents such as picture frames, candelabras and desk accessories; flatware; baby collectibles; and other gifts. Special services to be offered include engraving, bridal registry and purchase of Haute Orfèvrerie, or custom works of art in numbered, limited edition.
Founded in the mid-19th century, the Christofle brand has since been associated with many world-renowned creative trends and names. Artist Jean Cocteau, architect Gio Ponti, silversmith Lino Sabattini and modern-day designers such as Martin Szekely, Richard Hutten and Ora-ïto all have collaborated with Christofle in the expression of their unparalleled creative talents. Based in Paris, Christofle operates boutiques around the world and in other U.S. cities, among them New York, Miami and Beverly Hills, Calif.
Equinox is a one-stop-shop for fitness with highly recognized fitness clubs in locations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Boston and Washington, DC. Equinox offers high-end workout facilities, signature classes, luxury amenities and services, and Personal Trainers who have been recognized as the top in the industry for clients seeking an unparalleled fitness experience. The Streets of Buckhead facility will also offer a high-end spa and The Shop at Equinox where patrons can find everything from designer workout wear to accessories. The Equinox facility at The Streets of Buckhead will occupy 30,000 square feet in a multi-level space along Pharr Road.
“The addition of Equinox adds a whole new level of amenities to The Streets of Buckhead,” said Carter. “The quality workout and fitness experience that Equinox offers residents, guests and employees at The Streets of Buckhead will be unmatched within the city and makes our development a true lifestyle destination.”
“There has been a huge demand for an innovative, value-oriented fitness facility in a number of urban cities where the market is under-served,” says Harvey Spevak, CEO for Equinox. “By opening in The Streets of Buckhead, our aim is to meet the needs of a discriminating consumer who demands the best and—when it comes to fitness—haven’t experienced the true integration of mind, body and spirit that Equinox has to offer.” “In planning our growth strategy in new, metropolitan areas,” says Spevak, “we decided to focus on The Streets of Buckhead resident and those who work there. We believe these are individuals who appreciate quality and innovation in their lifestyle, and we are excited to be part of the new community.”