Saturday, November 10, 2007

LUXURY brand Hugo Boss will set up a 2,000 square feet boutique in the upcoming Marina Bay Sands integrated resort (IR)

LUXURY brand Hugo Boss will set up a 2,000 square feet boutique in the upcoming Marina Bay Sands integrated resort (IR) - the first luxury brand to confirm taking space there - as it seeks to grow its sales in Singapore by as much as 50 per cent over the next three years.

‘I see a potential upside for growth of about 50 per cent over the next few years, especially with the new stores,’ said Hugo Boss chief executive Bruno Salzer. ‘We will definitely have a presence in the two casinos.’

In addition to the Marina Bay Sands boutique and the one targeted for Genting’s Sentosa IR, Hugo Boss is also keen to have a presence in upcoming Orchard Road mall Ion Orchard, said Brian Ang, managing director for the Hugo Boss franchise in Singapore and Bangkok. ‘It is important for us to be in Ion Orchard,’ he said. ‘Most probably we will be somewhere prominent in the mall.’

Hugo Boss recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in Singapore, for which Dr Salzer flew into town. The upcoming boutiques in Singapore are part of Hugo Boss’s push to expand in the region at a fast clip.

The label has about 170 stores in Asia (excluding Japan) at present, but Dr Salzer wants to grow the number by about 15-20 stores yearly over the next few years, he said. ‘Asia now contributes about 10-11 per cent of total sales, and I expect double-digit growth over the next couple of years,’ said Dr Salzer.

Within the region, Japan and China are the biggest markets for the group. Of the 15-20 new stores the brand aims to add each year, the bulk are likely to be in China, he said. But Dr Salzer is also excited about the potential for growth in Singapore, especially with the new stores coming up.

Mr Ang said that in addition to the planned new stores, Hugo Boss is looking at revamping its existing boutiques.

Right now, the brand’s flagship boutiques in Ngee Ann City are split across two levels. But by the end of next year, the brand hopes to have its space all on one floor, - with a 7,000 sq ft floor plate - Mr Ang said. He did not specify if the boutique will be in Ngee Ann City as well. In addition, there are also plans to revamp Hugo Boss’s 1,600 sq ft store in Paragon. Mr Ang is looking at taking up more space. The brand also has a boutique at Changi Airport.

The Boss boutique in Marina Bay IR will be ‘more luxurious’ and will be designed to appeal to high-rollers, Mr Ang said.

Source : Business Times - 7 Nov 2007

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