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From luxurious to sustainable, here are seven notable store openings in Asia

Samsonite opens eco-friendly store in Singapore Samsonite has opened a new store in Singapore’s Suntec City, underscoring the luggage retailer’s commitment to sustainability. Durable elements include re-crafted Balau wood statues, each of which has stood in Tuas shipyards for at least 30 years. Samsonite used recycled aluminum to create the facade of its new store, sourced from a supplier that makes aluminum luggage. The cash register counter is also made of cle

made from cleaned and shredded plastic waste, and the shelves are made from recycled polymers designed to look just like today’s glass and laminate boards. Samsonite will donate SG$10 (US$7.40) to WWF-Singapore’s Earth Hour campaign for every successful transaction during a luggage trade-in event. In 2020, the brand launched its global sustainability strategy ‘Our Responsible Journey’, which focuses on products, the planet and people. Porsche Studio launches in Singapore Porsche, the German sports car manufacturer, has opened a Porsche Studio in Singapore, a two-storey showroom in the CBD’s Guoco Midtown mixed-use complex, close to the Bugis Heritage Zone. The venue’s design is sleek and contemporary, with Singaporean elements such as ‘breeze block’ patterns inspired by ancient local architecture and bamboo-like veneers used throughout. The first floor has seating areas that can turn into an intimate discussion area by the fire. On the second floor, more modular spaces can be configured in different ways to accommodate a wide range of activities, such as zen-filled yoga classes, energetic product training and presentations, keynote speeches in front of large LED walls and e-sports races on two internal simulators. Porsche Studio Singapore also has a built-in car lift to move cars around the property. The studio is run by Porsche Singapore, a joint venture established in 2022 by Porsche Asia Pacific and Eurokars Group to improve customer experiences in the city-state. Manolo Blahnik enters into joint venture in Hong Kong with Bluebell Group Manolo Blahnik has entered into a partnership with Bluebell Group to expand its presence in Hong Kong. Manolo Blahnik’s first store under the partnership – designed by Nick Leith-Smith Architecture and Design – has opened in the Lee Gardens shopping center in Causeway Bay. Two more boutiques will open later this year, including one at Pacific Place. The company said the launch in Hong Kong would contribute to Manolo Blahnik’s overall strategic growth ambitions in Asia Pacific. Bluebell Group previously launched the Manolo Blahnik brand in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. Manolo Blahnik is available in more than 300 doors worldwide, with points of sale in 30 countries. The brand has twenty freestanding boutiques, including two in New York. Swiss watch brand Longines expands in Macau Longines, the Swiss watch brand, has opened an expanded boutique in Galaxy Macau to mark its 190th anniversary. The Longines boutique in Galaxy Macau covers more than 1,300 square meters. The boutique – designed with “The Longines Residence” in mind – represents the brand’s focus on elegance, sophistication and watchmaking competence to create an atmosphere that complements the craftsmanship of Longines watchmakers. Inside, a Signature Wall pays tribute to Longines’ connection with equestrian sports, while aviation has influenced the design of the Concierge Bar, with a curved edge and brushed metal reminiscent of an aircraft wing. The boutique showcases Longines’ latest collections, including the recently launched Conquest Heritage Central Power Reserve and the Mini DolceVita collection, as well as a selection of historic timepieces from the Longines Museum in Switzerland. Jordan World of Flight’s First Store in China Nike has established its first basketball brand store, Jordan World of Flight (WOF), in China, in Beijing Sanlitun. The 1,000-square-meter store in Chaoyang District has four floors and sells streetwear and performance apparel. Sanlitun marks Nike’s fourth Jordan WOF store after Milan, Tokyo Shibuya and Seoul Hongdae. The store’s design sets it apart from other stores in the area, and each floor features artwork from local artists depicting Chinese youth culture. While the Center Court on the first floor serves as both a product showcase and an art installation commemorating Jordan Brand’s heritage, The Heritage Wall portrays the brand’s heritage through classic photographs and artwork. The top floor lounge is a gathering space for the Jordan Brand family and the local basketball community. The store features “The Workshop,” which offers customization services such as Air Jordan hot-stamp embossing, aglet engraving and apparel patches. Beyond The Vines unveils revamped concept store in Singapore Fashion retailer Beyond The Vines has unveiled its new concept store at the Funan mixed-use development, reflecting the brand’s compelling approach to omnichannel retailing. The company has a giant facade decorated with mirror text and stainless steel floors, intended to provide a visually appealing entrance to the region. The walls, constructed from bare partitions, blue and yellow double-walled polycarbonate sheets and pegboards for product presentation, are designed to provide a “dynamic and participatory environment”. The floor, which resembles a cheerful children’s playground, is covered in colorful rubber, with transitions to stainless steel, terracotta tiles and black chevron wood in certain places. Founded in 2015 by Singaporean couple Daniel Chew and Rebecca Ting, Beyond The Vines combines minimalist design sensibilities with a sophisticated approach. The brand says its concept and inspiration are based on keeping up with modern culture and the natural environment. Apple opens new store in Shanghai Apple has launched its latest store in Shanghai, chaired by CEO Tim Cook. The store, located opposite Shanghai’s famous Jing’an Temple, is the company’s 57th in China and eighth in the Chinese financial capital. It is also the company’s second largest flagship location, behind its Fifth Avenue location in New York City. The opening comes as Apple faces a 24 percent drop in iPhone sales in China amid competition from domestic rivals like Huawei. Cook, who was joined by Deidre O’Brien, Apple’s senior VP of Retail and People, made no public statements at the store, but the opening attracted hundreds of spectators, with Chinese police having to implement crowd control. This story first appeared in the May 2024 issue of Inside Retail Asia magazine.

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