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Sergio Rossi to Open Permanent Store on Madison Avenue

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Sergio Rossi has signed a long-term lease for an 800-square-foot store at 680 Madison Avenue, according to Thor Equities, which owns the property. The Italian footwear company will have plenty of high-fashion neighbors at 680 Madison, or the Carlton House, as the building is known. Missoni recently said it will move from 1009 Madison Avenue and 78th Street to a 3,500-square-foot unit at 680 Madison. Sergio Rossi doesn’t operate a freestanding store in Manhattan; the brand is sold at Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York. Tom Ford occupies a two-level, 12,300-square-foot flagship along the southwest corner of the same building, but the store has the address 672 Madison Avenue. The designer in 2017 relocated to the new space from 845 Madison Avenue at 70th Street. Other tenants include British fashion house Ralph & Russo, luxury men’s wear brand Brioni and Morgenthal Frederics eyewear. Built in 1951 by the Astor estate as a hotel, the property, which runs the entire length of Madison Avenue between 61st and 62nd Streets, was later converted to the Helmsley Carlton House before becoming a luxury residential property with 34,000 square feet of retail space. Madison Avenue has struggled with declining rents and high vacancies since the 2008 recession,

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An Evolving Brookfield Place Opening Clean Market

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Brookfield Place, as part of a strategy to diversify its offerings and recast its image, is adding a Clean Market wellness center to its mix. Clean Market signed a 10-year, 2,748-square-foot lease and will open in the fall at Brookfield Place’s 230 Vesey Street shops. In addition to Clean Market, Madewell moved into Brookfield Place last December, and recently, b8ta opened a shop as well. B8ta offers a rotating assortment of brands, primarily consumer electronics, which pay rent to display their goods, and monitors customer engagement to augment traditional store metrics such as sales per square foot. Additional health and wellness brands are expected to open at Brookfield Place, as the shopping, dining and office complex seeks to create a more balanced offering and remarket itself from a luxury center to a community, family-oriented center. The 14-acre, five-building complex in lower Manhattan’s financial district has 300,000 square feet of retail space as well as waterfront cafés, palm trees and a marina on the Hudson River. There’s also the Winter Garden atrium for performances, movies or for just relaxing over a cup of coffee. Events and activities catering to families have included collaborations with Johnnie Walker and Wired, ice skating and art installations. Saks Fifth Avenue

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Museum at FIT Explores Its Own History With 50 Years in Fashion

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: For many, reading about museum exhibitions is inevitably easier than actually trekking out to see them. Next month the Museum at FIT will unveil what amounts to a recap of some of its shows from the past half-century. In honor of the museum’s silver anniversary, “Exhibitionism: 50 Years of The Museum at FIT” will spotlight 33 of its greatest hits, so to speak, drawing from its permanent collection. While FIT’s Couture Council may be well-versed about “Shoe Obsession,” “Daphne Guinness,” “A Queer History of Fashion,” “Fairy Tale Fashion,” “Black Fashion Designers,” “American Beauty,” and some of the other shows that are represented in the retrospective, less-informed museum goers can get a crash course of sorts. The museum’s director and chief curator Valerie Steele and curator of costume and accessories Colleen Hill had a lot of pieces to cull through again and again. Originally known as the Design Laboratory and Galleries at FIT, the two-floor location at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street was renamed The Museum at FIT in 1994. The American Alliance of Museums accredited it in 2012. In 1971, after MGM executives heard that the museum’s first director Robert Riley pulled together a show that featured designs by Gilbert

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