Hammerson has announced that it has secured premium retail brands Russell & Bromley and Aspinal of London to join the vibrant mix of retailers already signed up to Victoria Gate, its £165 million development in Leeds that is set to transform the city’s aspirational retail and leisure offer.
Leading British footwear brand Russell & Bromley, which is famous for its high-quality shoes, will be returning to Leeds with a 169m2 store. Epitomising accessible luxury, the brand will sell its range of pumps, riding boots and heritage collection of loafers and brogues. A welcome addition to the scheme, the brand will sit alongside international retailer, &Other Stories.
Opening its all-important first store in Leeds, quintessential English luxury brand Aspinal of London will be taking a 133m2 unit. In what will be a Northern flagship store, the international brand’s new shop will be prominently located in the arcades, offering women’s designer handbags and purses as well as men’s wallets and luxury leather gifts.
Now 74 per cent pre-let, Victoria Gate will be incorporated into the new 53,400m2 (575,000 sqft) Victoria Estate. At its launch in October, the scheme will boast a line-up of all new retailers and restaurants including Le Pain Quoitdien, Neom Organics, T2, GANT, Hackett, Tommy Hilfiger, Anthropologie and international restaurant group D&D, which will firmly establish the combined Victoria Estate as a hub for premium shopping and dining in the North of the UK.
Robin Dobson at Hammerson said: “Russell & Bromley and Aspinal of London are great brands to welcome into the scheme. They perfectly complement the entirely new and vibrant blend of retailers we have already attracted to Leeds and will add to the draw of Victoria Gate as the North’s go-to premium retail and dining destination.”
Iain Burton, founder and chairman of Aspinal of London: “Leeds has been on our radar for some time as an important and vibrant UK city, and Victoria Gate with its fantastic design, lively ambience and mix of high-end stores is, we feel, the perfect environment for Aspinal of London. We are very excited about bringing Aspinal of London to this great city and to opening in Victoria Gate.”
A Russell & Bromley spokesman said: “We are very excited to be returning to Leeds and look forward to opening in the new Victoria Gate where the quality of the mall and the sophisticated Tenant mix promises to heighten the offering to the Leeds customer.”