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NEW YORK CITY- Manolo Blahnik hasentered a lease agreement for its new flagship store on 717 MadisonAve. in Midtown. Newmark Knight Frank brokered the transaction forthe store set to open in 2020.

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The new location is comprised of bothoffice and retail spaces that include the ground and lower levels,totaling 4,942 square feet of retail space and floors 2-4 total5,005 square feet of office space.

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For the first time in New YorkCity, Manolo Blahnik will have a store that comprises bothmen's and women's footwear. The expansion is the latest effort byManolo Blahnik to make investments in U.S. talent andinfrastructure as the retailer prepares to bring its North Americanbusiness in-house.

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Architect David Thomas of David ThomasDesign in collaboration with Manolo Blahnik and Kristina Blahnik,Group CEO will design the double-fronted store. Thomas specializesin international luxury retail design for high-end brands andprivate clients and was key in the design of the Manolo Blahnikstandalone boutique in the Palais-Royal in Paris, which opened inJune 2019.

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Mariah Brown

Mariah Brown is the New York Bureau Chief and Real Estate Reporter for GlobeSt.com, covering the New York Metro area, Northeast region and national real estate trends. She is responsible for producing multi-media content, including articles, podcasts and video. Before joining the GlobeSt team, she served as a New York Times fellow, reported for the Associated Press in New York and Philadelphia and several other New York City-based outlets.