Jigsaw is to launch into Dublin department store Arnotts in October, marking the retailer’s re-entry into Europe.
The womenswear retailer, which closed its only store in Ireland, in Dublin, two years ago, will open a 900 sq ft concession in the country’s largest department store next month.
Jigsaw chief executive Peter Ruis said: “With renewed confidence in the brand, the time is right to move back into Europe and, as part of Jigsaw’s overarching international strategy, we are delighted to be returning to Dublin.”
He continued: “Arnotts was an obvious choice as partner, because they have invested heavily in a great number of new credible fashion brands and we feel the Jigsaw offer of affordable luxury will resonate strongly with their customers.”
The collection will include an edit of the autumn 14 clothing, accessories and footwear range and will sit on the first floor of the department store alongside brands including Goat, Hobbs and LK Bennett.
Deirdre Devaney, director of fashion and beauty at Arnotts, said Jigsaw had “perfect synergy” with the store. “Peter [Ruis] has done a phenomenal job with the brand and a lot of the brands they stock in [Jigsaw’s multi-brand store] Bluebird we also have, so it really is a perfect match.”
Jigsaw is looking at opening concessions in department stores in France, Germany and Scandinavia following the Ireland launch.
It has six standalone stores in the US and is looking to expand into department stores there in the next year or two. It also hopes to have six shops in the Middle East by 2016, following the opening of its first store in The Dubai Mall last December, and will launch in South Africa in October.
For an interview with Arnotts chief executive Ray Hernan, turn to page 20.