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Dune ploughs on with international and travel retail expansion

Dune is targeting further international growth with stores in the US and Switzerland, alongside the expansion of its travel retail portfolio.

The footwear brand and retailer will open a 2,000 sq ft store at Roosevelt Fields on Long Island in November and a 1,800 sq ft store in the Westfield shopping centre at the World Trade Center, New York, in early spring 2016.

They will stock the full women’s and men’s ranges, and accessories within a new Catwalk shopfit concept.

“We opened our first store on Broadway in Manhattan in September last year and that’s trading really well,” said founder and executive chairman Daniel Rubin.

In Switzerland Dune has formed a joint venture with Francois Ruess, who was responsible for Phase Eight’s expansion in the country.

It opened a store in Basel in September and concessions in the Manor group of department stores, and plans further expansion in Switzerland over the coming years. Stores in Zurich and Geneva are scheduled for next year, Rubin said.

In the UK, Dune opened a store at London Stansted airport last Friday (October 9) and a store at Manchester airport in September. It already has shops at Gatwick airport and St Pancras International station.

“Travel retail is an area we have targeted for growth so we are exploring other options,” said Rubin.

Dune has around 40 stores in the UK and 175 concessions, with 12 concessions in Europe, and 50 international franchise and concessions in the Middle East and South Africa.

It plans to open in central Dublin over the coming months. 

The business has secured a multimillion-pound working capital package from the Royal Bank of Scotland, its backer since 2012, to support its domestic and international growth.

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