MILAN Stone Island continues to increase its retail community.“We are opening a boutique in Venice in the first semester of 2018 and we’re looking for a location in Tokyo,mentioned Carlo Rivetti, president of Sportswear Co., which is Stone Island’s dad or mum firm, adding that the company is also scouting shops in Milan to relocate its unit in the Italian city.The Modena, Italy-based company counts 20 shops.These embody a 5,382-square-foot flagship in Los Angeles, which was officially inaugurated earlier this month.“This isn’t only our largest store but additionally the most stunning,Rivetti mentioned enthusiastically. “Since we opened last summer, we will say that it has been working very well, exceeding our expectations.” Carlo RivettiLocated at the corner of North La Brea Avenue and West 1st Avenue, the flagship occupies an entire building and options intensive home windows dealing with the road. Designed to carry current collections as well as an exhibition space dedicated to creating prospects extra conversant in the brand’s heritage, the store’s interiors are marked by the presence of blue crystal partitions separating the spaces, which are decorated with the brand’s iconic Rose of the Winds logo. This additionally appears on the ceiling and on the stone and steel flooring.The brand’s progressive method to design is reflected within the shows combining fiberglass, carbon fiber, high-tech mirrored aluminum and industrial felt. In addition, furniture pieces are juxtaposed to the purposeful modular system developed by German industrial designer Marc Buhre completely for Stone Island.“The requests of the purchasers in Los Angeles are in step with those 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.Although the U.S. nonetheless account for about 3 p.c of the company’s complete enterprise, the market is generating outstanding outcomes. “We are rising lots in North America where we are additionally elevating our wholesale distribution.”Stone Island is current in about ninety stores across the U.S., including Barneys, Sense and Haven.“I suppose that our collaborations with Nike and Supreme undoubtedly helped us in the States, however what I think is admittedly making the difference is the standard and style of our products,Rivetti said. A look from Stone Island’s spring 2018 collection.Based on the entrepreneur, the corporate is closing 2017 with revenues of 147 million euros, up 36 p.c in comparison with 2016. Earnings earlier than interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization increased 70 p.c to 34 million euros.The corporate also expects to proceed rising in 2018. “The sales of the spring 2018 assortment to our purchasers are up 35 p.c in comparison with the earlier winter season,Rivetti added.Even when Italy stays the brand’s greatest market, accounting for 33 percent of the company’s whole enterprise, Stone Island is rising its sales throughout all the international markets.“Our online business additionally grew 55 p.c in 2017,Rivetti stated.Last July, Sportswear Co. offered a 30 p.c of Stone Island to Singapore-based investment agency Temasek.“It’s great working with them, they’ve complete trust in the corporate, in the methods and in the administration,mentioned Rivetti, adding that in the future their investment companions might be also key in understanding the particular wants of the Asian markets. “But now it’s too early. We need to focus on consolidating the U.S.