O’Connor Capital Partners today announced that two new national luxury fashion retailers are opening flagship stores this year at Canal Place, New Orleans’ premier luxury retail destination. Anne Fontaine, France-based women’s luxury fashion line, and MCM, the luxury travel and accessories brand, will each open their first and only Gulf Region locations by the end of 2019, joining world-class brands such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Brooks Brothers, Tiffany & Co., lululemon athletica and Tory Burch. Canal Place serves as the region’s most sought-after luxury retail center, and regularly draws shoppers from as far away as Pensacola, FL and Jackson, MS.

“The addition of MCM and Anne Fontaine to our collection enhances the unique customer experience Canal Place is dedicated to providing,” noted Lisa Manzella, general manager at Canal Place. “We are thrilled to steward this property through this transformation in concert with Mayor Cantrell’s vision for the revitalization of the Canal Street corridor.”

MCM, an iconic leather luxury goods brand, is opening a boutique of approximately 2,000 square feet on the first level of the center across the hallway from Michael Kors. This is the only Louisiana location for the brand, which is well-known for its signature logo-printed material as well as the brass plate insignia found on all heritage collection bags and most products; each brass plate is identified by a unique number at the bottom.

“MCM is honored to be opening our first Louisiana store location in the iconic shopping center and New Orleans staple, Canal Place,” said Patrick Valeo, President, MCM, the Americas. “The Canal Place location is part of our larger US expansion plan, and we are looking forward to entering this market with our newest stand-alone store.”

Anne Fontaine, well-known for fashionable takes on the classic white shirt, is opening a jewel-box location of approximately 700 square feet which is also on Level One. This will be Anne Fontaine’s first and only Louisiana location and will showcase the company’s lifestyle brand which revolves around the white shirt with a line of accessories & home products, retailing out of 60 boutiques around the world.

“We are proud and excited to expand our presence into New Orleans. For us at Anne Fontaine we are very fortunate to have a client who has a strong appreciation for craftmanship and culture, and Canal Place is the perfect platform to allow us to serve and connect with her needs,” said Ari Zlotkin, Chief Executive Officer, Anne Fontaine USA.

Canal Place has embarked on a multi-million dollar reinvigoration of this iconic New Orleans asset.  O’Connor Capital Partners, the firm which manages and leases Canal Place, has partnered with preeminent architectural firm Gensler to revamp at the 260,000-square-foot property, while the O’Connor team focuses on transforming the services, aesthetics and other changes to deliver a new, modern shopping experience. With the recent additions of a flagship Louis Vuitton boutique, Tory Burch and G-Star Raw, there have been clear signs of change. In the meantime, the installation of the WITH LOVE FROM nola moss wall and lush landscaping by local artists Luna Botanicals has begun to evolve the experience that distinguishes shopping at Canal Place from the rest of the city.

Canal Place is Downtown New Orleans’ premier destination for luxury fashion and beauty brands, boutique clothing stores, home goods and much more. Travelers from outside the United States benefit from the retail center’s status as a tax-free shopping center that refunds sales tax to international visitors. Local shoppers appreciate the convenience of on-site parking and a luxury dine-in cinema to complement the exceptional shopping experience, as well as events and programming that keep the energy high and the offerings fresh.

About Canal Place: Situated on the edge of the historic French Quarter, Canal Place is home to many notable, exclusive designer boutiques and a 9-screen in-seat service movie theater.  An on-site, four-star hotel, The Westin Canal Place, and a convenient covered parking facility add to Canal Place’s unique offerings.  Anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, this world-class shopping center boasts a superb mix of stores including Louis Vuitton, G Star Raw, Tory Burch, Tiffany & Co, Brooks Brothers, lululemon athletica, Anthropologie, and vineyard vines. For more information, visit www.canalplacestyle.com. Connect with Canal Place on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@canalplacestyle).

About O’Connor Capital Partners: Founded in 1983, O’Connor Capital Partners www.oconnorcp.com is an institutional real estate investment, management, and development firm based in New York City and run by CEO Bill O’Connor. The firm pursues acquisitions, developments and residential conversions on behalf of its institutional funds, separate accounts, and own account. O’Connor primarily targets retail and residential opportunities throughout the United States and Mexico. Since inception, O’Connor has acquired or developed over $30 billion of property, including over 55 million square feet of retail space and over 30,000 residential units globally.

About MCM (Modern Creation München): MCM is a luxury lifestyle goods and accessories brand founded in 1976 with an attitude defined by the cultural Zeitgeist and its German heritage with a focus on functional innovation, including the use of cutting-edge techniques. Today, through its association with music, art, travel and technology, MCM embodies the bold, rebellious and aspirational. Always with an eye on the disruptive, the driving force behind MCM centers on revolutionizing classic design with futuristic materials. Appealing to the 21st Century Global Nomad generation - dreamers, creatives and digital natives - MCM's millennial and Gen Z audience is genderless, ageless, empowered and unconstrained by rules and boundaries. MCM is currently distributed in 650 stores in 40 countries including Munich, Berlin, Zurich, London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Middle East and other countries. For further information about MCM:  www.mcmworldwide.com.

About Anne Fontaine:
The Maison Anne Fontaine was created in 1994 from the meeting of Anne and her husband, Ari. It is a true story of love and family. The Maison is deeply linked to the passion of its creations through the quality, details, and the defense of French craftsmanship and artisanship. The Maison Anne Fontaine is known for its expert craftsmanship and the quality of its creations. The Anne Fontaine style is rich in embroidery, lace, ruffles, jabots, and plays of transparency. All of its models are developed in her workshop in Honfleur, using the technique of molding that is commonly used in haute couture. After the opening of the first point-of-sale in 1994 in the district of Saint-Ger¬main-des-Prés in Paris, the House quickly developed. 
The Maison now owns more than 50 boutiques around the world including 60 multi-brand outlets and a global website, www.annefontaine.com.


Winter Warren, Marketing Manager