French flavour for fash­ion­istas

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives - By BELINDA CIPRIANO

The Western Suburbs Weekly tracked the con­struc­tion of Clare­mont Quar­ter that just last week wel­comed Chanel.

WITH more than 130 stores, Clare­mont Quar­ter has gone from strength to strength since open­ing on Fe­bru­ary 16, 2011, as Perth’s premier fash­ion and re­tail des­ti­na­tion.

At the time 70 stores in­clud­ing “an­chor ten­ant” David Jones, Sass and Bide, Mor­ri­son, Marcs and Alan­nah Hill were pitched as

the cen­tre’s sig­na­ture stores and six years on they are all still trad­ing, with an­other 60 join­ing them.

The lat­est to pop up is French la­bel Chanel, which opened its doors on Thurs­day.

It is the la­bel’s se­cond store in Perth.

The lux­ury brand will stock cosmetics and eyewear but un­like its flag­ship store King Street, it will not stock bags or clothes.

The house of haute couture was busy from the mo­ment doors opened.

How­ever, it has not al­ways been smooth sail­ing for the Quar­ter, es­pe­cially when it comes to food, with restau­rants and bars clos­ing, in­clud­ing for­mer West Coast Eagles play­ers Dean Cox and An­drew Em­b­ley’s restau­rant Bel­uga, The Duchess, Atomic and Saigon Bistro.

The new Chanel store in Clare­mont Quar­ter.

Our re­port be­fore the Quar­ter took off.

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