OAK Opens New Stores in Tokyo, Los Angeles and Paris Brooklyn-based clothing retailer sets sights on expansion
TOKYO, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A decade into its run as an influential force on the New York fashion scene, clothing retailer and lifestyle brand OAK will open its first location in the Japanese market in Tokyo's Shibuya district. Located at 1-23-25 3F Shibuya, the store will offer the retailer's namesake OAK Collection and A.OK brands as well as a curated selection of shoes and accessories for men and women.
The Brooklyn-based company, which was acquired as a division of vertically integrated clothing manufacturer American Apparel (Amex: APP) in the summer of 2013, also recently opened its first stores outside of New York in Paris, France and downtown Los Angeles and plans to open a second LA location on Beverly Boulevard in the coming weeks. These new stores, utilizing American Apparel's logistics and resources, accompany OAK's longstanding Manhattan and Brooklyn locations and a fully realized e-commerce website (oaknyc.com).
"OAK is a New York brand, started in Brooklyn. We will always be New Yorkers but as New Yorkers we love to travel and meet new people, learn new things and new ways to do things – that's why we're so excited to be able to open up shop in fashion capitols like these," said OAK co-founder Louis Terline of the new store openings.
The 700-square-foot Tokyo store sits atop of American Apparel's Shibuya women's boutique and boasts a panoramic vista with a city view of the Japanese metropolis. Like its Manhattan, Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Paris counterparts, the Shibuya location will have its own unique personality, drawing influence from the rich history, culture, and architecture of Tokyo.
OAK is the unexpected result of a friendship between New York-based fashion veterans Louis Terline and Jeff Madalena. The OAK brand and its resultant popularity have had a perceptible impact on the way the "New York look" is perceived. The OAK customer is proactive in their simplicity fearless in experimentation, outspoken, forward-thinking, and at home wherever they are. Initially a forward thinking retailer that sold a mix of young, local brands and established notable designers, OAK has evolved to encompass private label clothing brands, a print publication, an an e-commerce site and retail locations in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo.
About American Apparel
American Apparel is a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of branded fashion basic apparel based in downtown Los Angeles, California. As of February 28, 2014, American Apparel had approximately 10,000 employees and operated 246 retail stores in 20 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and China. American Apparel also operates a global e-commerce site that serves over 60 countries worldwide at http://www.americanapparel.com. In addition, American Apparel operates a leading wholesale business that supplies high quality T-shirts and other casual wear to distributors and screen printers.
SOURCE American Apparel