Jul 31, 2014
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European Style of Emporium, Kiko Milano Cosmetics Coming to Yale Shops

European Style of Emporium, Kiko Milano Cosmetics Coming to Yale Shops

An Emporium DNA display in a photo from its Facebook page. Right, a Kiko Milano store in the UK.

The shops at Yale and Yale University Properties announced Thursday afternoon the signing of lease agreements with two international retailers, Emporium DNA and Kiko Milano, for "one of the prime retail corners in New Haven," at 1 Broadway.

Kiko Milano, a Yale release said, has more than 500 stores but just one location in the United States (at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in New Jersey). Described as an affordable cosmetics brand from Italy, it will occupy 1,300 square feet of space at 1 Broadway. "Behind each product lies the advanced research of a team of scientists dedicated to developing cutting-edge technologies and original formulas to ensure women’s beauty needs are satisfied," the release says.

Emporium DNA, which has four other locations in the U.S., "features a carefully curated mix of contemporary apparel and accessories brands; it will occupy 2,600 square feet," the release said.

"The retailers’ decision to open stores in New Haven reflects the city’s growing reputation as a vibrant retail center with significant cultural and dining offerings and strong demographics," the release said. "Opening in the Broadway shopping district, these stores will complement the existing businesses on Broadway such as Apple, J. Crew, Alex and Ani, Trailblazer, Urban Outfitters, Maison Mathis, and the Yale Bookstore."

“We are delighted that Kiko Milano and Emporium DNA have chosen New Haven for the location of their new stores,” said Lauren Zucker, Yale University’s Associate Vice President for New Haven Affairs and University Properties. “Feedback from our customer surveys has indicated a strong desire for an affordable cosmetics offering as well as additional exciting brands in New Haven and those requests are being met. Although these are international companies, these retailers will create local jobs in New Haven and will draw consumers to New Haven to support all of our downtown local merchants.”

The Kiko Milano UK website says:

Kiko Milan was established and founded in 1997 by the Percassi Group. It is an Italian professional cosmetics brand that features a range of cutting-edge makeup, face and body treatments. Safe and effective products of the highest quality, created to satisfy the beauty requirements of women of any age.
"Be What You Want to Be." This is how KIKO sums up its vision of Beauty. Through its extraordinarily wide and diversified range of products, KIKO allows everyone to express their own personality with custom-made products. A variety of colours, effects and sensations that are unique in the market to suit your style, skin tone, skin type and specific requirements, at every phase of your life.
Kiko's identity is rooted in "Made in Italy" values and the world of the capital for fashion, art and design. The research into original textures and colours is combined with research into quality formulas with guaranteed performance, for a perfect fusion of quality and creativity.
The result of cutting-edge scientific discoveries and the latest fashion trends, KIKO continuously renews itself with products that are always new and closer to the multiple ideals of beauty.

Emporium DNA has been hailed as one of the most compelling and entertaining shopping experiences ever developed by IK Retail Group, which specializes in international business expansion, the Yale release says. Dedicated to delivering exclusive brands to shoppers, Emporium is expected to become a retail powerhouse in New Haven and Connecticut as owner Iraklis Karabassis has built a career by importing international fashions to U.S. markets. (Above a montage on the About Us page on the Emporium website.)

Emporium's website says:

Designed to present the hottest international and domestic brands, EMPORIUMDNA.COM features an elite mix of collections and accessories for men and women including designer apparel from some of the fashion industry’s best-selling brands such as Rebecca Minkoff, G-Star Raw and JC Rags.
A variety of well-known European brands are introduced to the online shopper at EMPORIUMDNA.COM including Milan-based contemporary lifestyle label Lui Jo; and luxury Italian bikini and swimwear collections by Masquenada.Emporium also houses a shoe and handbag gallery, an expansive jewelry offering including collections by Gemma Redux, Shoshanna Lee, Samantha Wills, and Nialaya.
An eclectic and sophisticated mix of urbanwear collection is presented with an impressive collection of sneakers and accessories. As denim continues to soar in the market, EMPORIUMDNA.COM's Denim Gallery provides a rich mix of today’s most coveted denim brands to cater to true denim connoisseurs: Adriano Goldschmidt, J Brand, PRPS, True Religion, Nudie, Hudson, Paige, Habitual as well as full collections Scotch & Soda, John Varvatos, and Rag & Bone.

For more information, see the shops at Yale website.

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European Style of Emporium, Kiko Milano Cosmetics Coming to Yale Shops

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