Gilly Hicks to open store on London’s iconic Carnaby Street – Retail News – A1 Retail Magazine
The lifestyle brand continues global store expansion as part of growth strategy
Gilly Hicks, a brand in the Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) portfolio offering activewear, loungewear and underwear, has today announced the opening of its new store located at 39 Carnaby Street, in the heart of London’s busiest shopping district.
The new store opening is a part of the brand’s growth strategy, including an expanded product assortment, digital experience, and a reimagined brand purpose. As part of its brand evolution, Gilly Hicks is now more gender-inclusive; introducing underwear, loungewear and activewear in patterns and colors that match everyone’s styles, regardless of gender identity. These products align with Gilly Hicks’ updated purpose of giving Gen Z their daily dose of happy.
The new store on Carnaby Street marks the second Gilly Hicks location in Europe, with a location in Germany that opened earlier this year. The new Gilly Hicks stores have been designed to ensure customers of all gender identities feel as comfortable and confident as possible. The stores’ fitting rooms feature privacy lockers for customers to request additional sizes, as well as light and music controls to cater to each customer’s preferences. Additionally, the store is equipped with Click & Collect, Order in Store, Reserve in Store capabilities, and handheld devices that allow customers to avoid the checkout line, and more.
To celebrate the opening, Gilly Hicks invites its customers to a launch event at the store on 9th July, 2022 from 2pm until 6pm. Guests will experience complimentary drinks, a live DJ and an opportunity to personalise Gilly Hicks products.
Speaking on the new opening, Kristin Scott, Global Brand President at Abercrombie & Fitch Co comments, “We’re excited to bring our evolved Gilly Hicks brand to London and help our customers find their happy place. The expanded product offerings, enhanced digital capabilities, and inclusive store experiences, further demonstrate our commitment to Gilly as a key part of our company’s long-term growth strategy.”
Samantha Bain-Mollison, Retail Director, at Shaftesbury says, “We are delighted that Gilly Hicks will open its doors on Carnaby as it reintroduces its new store experience to its UK fans. We are excited for the Carnaby customer to check out Gilly Hicks, as the brand is at the forefront of innovation and experience when it comes to helping Gen Zs feel comfortable and happy. Shaftesbury is proud to welcome a brand like this into our already thriving retail destination.”
Customers can shop the full line exclusively in Gilly Hicks and Hollister stores, as well as www.gillyhicks.com and www.holllisterco.com. For more information, follow Gilly Hicks on Instagram, @gillyhicks, or visit www.gillyhicks.com.
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