MILAN Stone Island continues to increase its retail community.“We are opening a boutique in Venice in the primary semester of 2018 and we’re in search of a location in Tokyo, stated Carlo Rivetti, president of Sportswear Co., which is Stone Island’s dad or mum agency, adding that the company is also scouting stores in Milan to relocate its unit in the Italian city.The Modena, Italy-primarily based firm counts 20 stores.These include a 5,382-square-foot flagship in Los Angeles, which was formally inaugurated earlier this month.“This isn’t solely our largest store but also the most stunning, Rivetti mentioned enthusiastically. “Since we opened final summer, we will say that it has been working rather well, exceeding our expectations.” Carlo RivettiSituated on the corner of North La Brea Avenue and West 1st Road, the flagship occupies an entire constructing and features extensive windows facing the street. Designed to carry current collections as well as an exhibition space dedicated to making clients extra accustomed to the brand’s heritage, the store’s interiors are marked by the presence of blue crystal partitions separating the areas, that are decorated with the brand’s iconic Rose of the Winds brand. This additionally seems on the ceiling and on the stone and steel flooring.The brand’s progressive approach to design is mirrored in the shows combining fiberglass, carbon fiber, excessive-tech mirrored aluminum and industrial felt. As well as, furnishings pieces are juxtaposed to the functional modular system developed by German industrial designer Marc Buhre solely for Stone Island.“The requests of the purchasers in Los Angeles are consistent with these we get in our New York boutique, however we will say that while New Yorkers desire sober tones, folks in Los Angeles opt for vivid colours, Rivetti observed.Though the U.S. nonetheless account for about 3 percent of the company’s total enterprise, the market is generating outstanding outcomes. Stone Island Polo-Shirts “We are rising a lot in North America the place we are additionally elevating our wholesale distribution.”Stone Island is current in about 90 stores across the U.S., including Barneys, Sense and Haven.“I think that our collaborations with Nike and Supreme positively helped us within the States, but what I believe is basically making the difference is the quality and style of our products, Rivetti mentioned. A look from Stone Island’s spring 2018 assortment.Based on the entrepreneur, the company is closing 2017 with revenues of 147 million euros, up 36 percent in comparison with 2016. Earnings earlier than curiosity, taxes, depreciation and amortization elevated 70 percent to 34 million euros.The corporate also expects to proceed growing in 2018. “The gross sales of the spring 2018 assortment to our clients are up 35 % in comparison with the previous winter season, Rivetti added.Even when Italy stays the brand’s greatest market, accounting for 33 p.c of the company’s complete enterprise, Stone Island is growing its gross sales across all the international markets.“Our on-line business additionally grew 55 percent in 2017, Rivetti mentioned.Final July, Sportswear Co. offered a 30 p.c of Stone Island to Singapore-based mostly investment firm Temasek.“It’s nice working with them, they have complete trust in the company, within the strategies and in the management, mentioned Rivetti, including that sooner or later their investment partners will probably be also key in understanding the particular needs of the Asian markets. Stone “But now it’s too early. We must give attention to consolidating the U.S.