Luxury fashion design house Kate Spade New York to open its first store in Northern Ireland

Global lifestyle brand, Kate Spade New York, will open its first Northern Irish store in April at The Boulevard designer store.

Occupying a prime position at the entrance to the Lotus Property-owned project, which sits on the A1 corridor between Belfast and Dublin, the 1,458 square foot store will offer a range of products including handbags, accessories, small leather goods, technological accessories and jewelry.

The Boulevard store will be the brand’s second outlet on the island of Ireland, but its first venture into the Northern Irish market.

The deal signals growing confidence among Irish consumer brands as retail activity on the island surpasses pre-pandemic levels, with outlets in particular outperforming their high street and street counterparts. shopping centers in town.

Chris Nelmes, Retail Director at The Boulevard, said: “We are delighted to welcome Kate Spade New York to The Boulevard, which has continued to go from strength to strength as we emerge on the other side of the pandemic. .

“We have consistently held up against national data, which points to lower discretionary spending in retail. Instead, we welcomed more visitors than ever before, recorded some of our best selling months and onboarded new tenants. .”

Kate Spade New York is the latest retailer to set up shop on The Boulevard, which has seen £10m investment in recent years, joining New Look, Molton Brown, Joules, Crew Clothing, Nike, Adidas and Levi’s.

Lotus Property was advised by Johnstone Property Consultants and KLM Real Estate Ltd.

Dominic Brady of KLM Real Estate said: “Kate Spade New York is notoriously selective with its outlet expansion, so we are delighted to welcome the brand to the program.

“It is proven to attract a premium buyer, so this rental will pave the way for other game-changing brands to join us.

“Kate Spade New York at The Boulevard is a unique proposition in Northern Ireland and we are very excited to see it open in 2022.”

Joseph E. Golightly