Luxury jewellers open its latest store in city centre

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Hammerson, owner and manager of flagship destination Victoria Leeds, says luxury family-owned jewellers Boodles will open its first store at Victoria Quarter later this year.

Established over two centuries ago, Boodles is a heritage brand which has taken a 4,500 sq ft space fronting onto Briggate. It joins other luxury brands at Victoria Quarter including Louis Vuitton and Mulberry.

Designed in the style of a townhouse, the new Leeds store will feature a second floor reserved for private dinners, special events and relaxation in a dedicated lounge.

GP Studio has designed the new store, it’s fourth for Boodles, with a focus on a sustainable build and locally sourced suppliers.

The signing of Boodles follows the recent arrival of fashion and accessories favourite, Kate Spade, and premium footwear brand, Carvela, owned by Kurt Geiger.

Kate Spade has taken a 1,190 sq ft unit at County Arcade, whilst Carvela has taken a 1,640 sq ft space on Queen Victoria Street.

Iain Mitchell, UK commercial director at Hammerson, said: “Luxury brands have shown real resilience over the last year underpinned by consumer appetite for premium goods.

“Boodles is an iconic British fine jewellery brand and we are delighted to have secured them for Victoria Leeds. They will join recent lettings to Kate Spade and Carvela which demonstrates how Victoria Leeds continues to be the premier regional destination.”

Jody Wainwright, director at Boodles, added: “This is a family business which started two centuries ago in the north of England so we are excited to build on this heritage, bringing the Boodles experience to Leeds.

“One of our hallmarks is providing exceptional service and the private spaces on the second floor will bring this to life.”