Today, Galleria announced that Tory Burch would open its first Minnesota store at the upscale Edina shopping center this October. It’s great news for fans of the lifestyle brand, which is currently carried locally at Nordstrom and Galleria footwear shop Pumpz & Co. The new store will open in the former storefront of locally owned women’s clothing boutique Dugo, which celebrated its grand reopening in a space next door last week.
Founded by its namesake designer in 2004, Tory Burch is best known for its signature ballet flats with its iconic double-T medallion and for its polished-and-preppy-with-a-bohemian-twist, jet-setting esthetic. The 3,200-square-foot store will sell ready-to-wear clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry, small leather goods, watches, eyewear, and fragrances. A press release describes plans for the first Minnesota store as featuring a façade “distinguished by orange lacquer doors, a Tory Burch signature, which opens into a custom-designed space.”
After a recent ripple of store closings from locally owned boutiques, it appears Galleria has changed focus to high-end national brands. Between the years 2013 and 2015, local retailers Brass Handle, Arafina, Three Rooms, Whymsy, and Pappagallo closed, with national chains Kate Spade, Robert Redford’s Sundance, Blue Mercury, North Face, Lululemon, J. McLaughlin, David Yurman, and Allen Edmonds opening in their place. This year has seen the closings of the locally owned Len Druskin (a subsequent move to Southdale), Epitome, Epitome Papers (which recently reopened in Excelsior), and Russell+Hazel (which is slated to open a new flagship location in North Loop any day now). Also slated to open at the Galleria this fall: bohemian-chic brand Free People and preppy lifestyle store Vineyard Vines. But don’t count local retailers at Galleria out just yet—H.O.B.O. recently completed a renovation, Pumpz just celebrated a year at its new, larger storefront, and Ampersand, Melly, Dugo, Art Resources, Twill, and Scheherazade Jewelers recently renewed their leases.
As for Dugo, the store has carried over its thoughtfully selected blend of event-focused dresses and separates from high-end and mid-range lines such as Armani, Lafayette 148, Max Mara Weekend, Nicole Miller, Carmen Marc Valvo, and Alexis Bittar. Here’s a glimpse inside the new Dugo storefront:
images Courtesy dugo