Guess who is coming to James St? Or perhaps this is more of a “who isn’t” coming to James St question because there is an impressive list of designers coming your way. You’ve no doubt heard the rumours, so here is the official lowdown on which retailers will be opening in The Calile Hotel later this year – the lineup is good, really good…
The ground floor retail space will welcome a leading selection of widely regarded brands including: acclaimed fashion innovator Dion Lee; sustainable organic cotton favourite bassike; Sydney leisure brand success story Venroy; internationally successful Bec & Bridge; and Dutch lingerie brand Love Stories – an array of boutiques which will complement the diverse retail mix already on the street.
Dion Lee Chief Executive Officer Amelia Fincher agrees, “The environment [James Street] is where our customer wants to shop… it really was the obvious choice.”
Bassike design duo Mary Lou Ryan and Deborah Sams were attracted to the precinct for similar reasons. “James Street is a neighbourhood precinct with great independent fashion and hospitality businesses, and our brand felt at home in this environment,” said Ryan and Sams.
“Being a part of a project like The Calile that will contribute so much to local business is an incredible opportunity for our brand.”
Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston of Bec & Bridge have described James Street as having been on the top of their list since they began their retail journey 18 months ago.
“Opening on James Street was always a dream for us. It has a great atmosphere with the perfect combination of quality food and shopping. We could not imagine a better spot for our first Queensland store,” said Cooper and Yorston.
“We fell in love with The Calile Hotel the minute we first laid eyes on the architectural plans.”
Venroy’s casual linen and escape wear will bring an additional injection of men and womenswear to the street when Theo Smallbone and Sean Venturi open their first Queensland store in The Calile.
“James Street is the perfect fit for us because it is a lifestyle destination where people go to relax and enjoy themselves. The street and climate reflects our style…we are not about being in large shopping centres,” said Venturi.
The Calile developer, Michael Malouf Director of Calile Malouf Investments, said, “Carefully curated independent fashion has always been a hallmark of James Street. It’s great to see some of the country’s most exciting designers such as Dion Lee and bassike, plus more to be revealed, bring flagship stores to this already thriving precinct.”
“The exciting thing about these tenants is that for the majority, it will be a Queensland first store.”
Watch this space for more exciting news about The Calile…
May 2, 2018