UPPER WEST SIDE — The first clothing-centric outpost for popular designer Kate Spade will open next month on Columbus Avenue, representatives revealed.
The new store, between West 69th and 70th streets, is set to open on Sept. 13 and "will be the first Kate Spade New York store dedicated to ready-to-wear," said company rep Julie Ly.
The designer's three other New York City stores "carry an even assortment of all of our fashion categories," including shoes, bags and jewelry, but the new 900-square-foot shop will be the only "clothing-dominated" location so far, she said.
Kate Spade is replacing longtime Irish pub the Emerald Inn and will join other upscale boutiques like Theory, Reiss and Comptoir de Cotonniers in the area, which Ly called "truly a neighborhood shopping destination."
"This store aims to give the Upper West Side customer a local neighborhood feel to the Kate Spade New York experience," she added. "It is a small shop that easily blends in with the neighborhood."
This past spring, the retailer introduced a new design concept for the store's exterior, consisting of a retro "bow façade," with the doorway slightly indented rather than flush with the walls, creating a V-shape.