By Ashley Mackin
La Jolla has a new, very fashionable neighbor. Kate Spade New York opened its doors Sept. 28, with a grand opening party on Oct. 4. Located at 7931 Girard Ave., the store sells luxury apparel, small leather goods, accessories and shoes.
Store manager Sarah Greene said, “We are hopeful that we are at the forefront of the luxury rebuilding of this area. We know that in the past this area has been amazing for luxury clientele and we’re hopeful that with the addition of Kate Spade other [retailers] will follow.”
Greene also noted the importance of linking with local businesses. “I feel like businesses that collaborate and work together and can service a client from head to toe,” she said. “There are plenty of categories we don’t carry, so having that outreach to another local business where you can just send clients, and really help them from head to toe, helps businesses and helps the clients.”
At the grand opening party, guests were treated to 20-percent off any purchase, samples from local baker La Reine de Macaroons, and cupcakes by Cups Organic Cupcake Lounge. Guests were also entered into a raffle to win a $498 Kate Spade bag. La Jollan Cecelia Post tried on earrings and excitedly shopped. “I love to support any store in La Jolla,” she said, adding that she thought the store was merchandised so beautifully, it had a different atmosphere from a department store.
Also in attendance was KUSI anchor Alexis Delchiaro, who wore a Kate Spade dress purchased at the La Jolla store on that morning’s broadcast, and to the opening party.
Of the new La Jolla location, Greene said “It’s got an awesome mix of local clients as well as visitors, so I feel like the people walking around on the street are lighthearted, everyone’s happy to be here, its an awesome vibe.”