Moleskine to Open New London Stores
03 February 2014
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Mono brand stores further underpin company's direct retail expansion
Milan, 30th January 2014 – Moleskine SpA, the maker of tools for creativity, productivity and travel, is opening its first stand-alone stores in London in Canary Wharf and Covent Garden. The brand is famous for its use among intellectual and creative classes and looks to appeal to the city's business and creative communities.
This comes after Moleskine won the ‘Brand Recognition Award' at the "UK-Italy Business Awards 2014", in which the British Government acknowledged the company's successful business strategy in the UK market.
Moleskine is opening stores in a host of countries across the globe. The business is targeting growing metropolitan hubs and the openings in London will follow recent successful launches in a variety of the world's largest business hubs, including New York, Paris and Beijing.
The Company has agreed a new lease on a Unit 165 Cabot Place, totalling 638 sq. ft. (59 sq. m). Located near well-established retailers including Zara, Space NK, and Massimo Dutti, Moleskine will open the mono brand store in March.
The company's Covent Garden store will open at 40 Kings street, adjacent to Burberry Brit and within close proximity of the Apple store and the world famous Covent Garden Market. The new store will total 518 sq ft (47 sq m) and is expected to open in April.
Moleskine worked with retail property agents Savills and Harper Dennis Hobbs ( HDH ) to find the locations. Moleskine mono-brand stores are operated in London by the high end luggage and business retailer Case London.
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Moleskine was created as a brand in 1997, bringing back to life the legendary notebook used by avant-garde artists and thinkers over the past two centuries. A trusted and handy travel companion, the nameless black notebook held invaluable sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that would one day become famous paintings or the pages of beloved books. Today, the name Moleskine encompasses a family of objects: notebooks, diaries, journals, bags, writing instruments and reading accessories, dedicated to our mobile identity. Indispensable companions to the creative professions and the imagination of our times: they are intimately tied to the digital world. Since 1 January 2007, Moleskine has also become the name of the company that owns the worldwide trademark rights for the brand. Moleskine designs, markets and sells a series of objects for the creative class and others – that provide open platforms for creativity and communication, contributing to the expansion and dissemination of culture and knowledge and are closely connected to the digital world. The company grew out of the experience of Modo&Modo, a small Milanese publisher that in 1997 created the Moleskine trademark, rediscovering and renewing an extraordinary tradition. In the fall of 2006, Modo&Modo was purchased by SGCapital Europe, now Syntegra Capital, with the objective of fully developing the potential of the Moleskine brand. Since April 2013 Moleskine is listed at the Borsa Italiana, the Italian stock exchange. Moleskine is a creative company enjoying continuing growth. It has about 200 employees and a vast network of partners and consultants. Its home office is in Milan, Italy. Moleskine Group includes Moleskine America, Inc. (established in 2008), Moleskine Asia Ltd (2011), which has full control over Moleskine Shanghai and Moleskine Singapore, Moleskine France (2013) and Moleskine Germany (2013). All subsidiaries are wholly-owned.