Iconic fashion house Yves Saint Laurent haven’t had a retail store in Chicago since January of 2010. The company closed its Oak Street location for what many thought was a simple renovation. However, after months of speculation everyone realized the company had completely closed the store, and shortly thereafter Escada had taken over the space.
Fast forward almost three years, and word has come that the Yves Saint Laurent (which was recently re-branded as SL, rather than YSL, by new head designer Hedi Slimane) is set to return to the Windy City in the Fall of 2013. The luxury brand has signed a lease for a 2,375 square-foot space on the ground floor of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on the corner of Rush and Walton.
Although it’s still a ways away, the return of Yves Saint Laurent is certain to bring a smile to the face of the city’s luxury shoppers. YSL will be in good company too. Other tenants in the Waldorf Astoria include a Marc Jacobs store and the women’s boutique, Perchance. It’s interesting YSL decided to come back to Rush street instead of Oak, both luxury hotbeds are competing for high-end tenants, and when you look at it, they are both winning. No one wins as much as us residents and people here visiting though, because we have so much on basically two streets that are step away from the Magnificent Mile. You can put your most comfortable shoes on and shop til you drop followed by eating at some of the top restaurants in the country. Not only are the stores, hotels and restaurants luxury, the experience is as well.
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