SPL Realty Partners Secures Retail Space for JOHNNY WAS

JOHNNY WAS Opening Third Retail Store at “Fashion Island” In Newport Beach, CA

(SANTA MONICA, CA – October 25, 2011) – Scott Lifschultz, founder and president of SPL Realty Partners, announces a lease signing on behalf of JOHNNY WAS at “Fashion Island” In Newport Beach, CA. The 1,329 square foot retail space, formerly occupied by Fluxus, is currently under construction and scheduled to open in early November. The space sits just outside of the Nordstrom entrance and is adjacent to Brandy Melville. Fashion Island is the premiere upscale open-air lifestyle center anchored by Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s & Nordstrom.  Specialty retailers include; Splendid, Vince, Lululemon, Kate Spade, True Religion, Anthropologie, Elie Tahari, American Rag and others.

Lifschultz stated, “Johnny Was continues to perform very well in both Santa Monica and The Grove, and we believe Fashion Island will prove to be a huge success. Johnny Was is a lifestyle brand with a huge opportunity for growth. We are focused on doubling the retail store count to six by the end of 2012 and are seeking spaces in the A+ centers throughout the United States for 2012 and beyond”, stated Lifschultz.

SPL Realty Partners represents JOHNNY WAS in their real estate expansion, and brokered this transaction on behalf of the women’s fashion designer.  Valerie Hutcheson acted in-house on behalf of the ownership, The Irvine Company.  SPL also arranged the retailer’s other two lease transactions at Santa Monica Place & The Grove in West Hollywood.

About SPL Realty Partners
SPL Realty Partners is Los Angeles based retail real estate brokerage and consulting firm primarily focused on representing retail chains in expanding their stores throughout Southern California and the United States.  SPL also provides owner representation and consulting services to leading owners, developers and owners. SPL’s clients include JOHNNY WAS, Disney Stores, Swatch, Casual Male Retail Group, DXL, and Maison Bertet and AEROSOLES.

About JOHNNY WAS
Founded in 1987 by the Levite family, the Johnny Was Collection is a beautiful, feminine, contemporary wardrobe for the modern woman. The emphasis lies on vintage-inspired pieces in easy-to-care-for fabrics that are luxurious to the touch. Signature prints and embroidered, washable rayon georgette, silk twill and airy cotton voile have distinguished Johnny Was as a mainstay in the fashion industry and heralded design house. This collection is designed for women who are confident, fun, and about attitude not age; they desire to make an individual statement expressed through personal style. Transcending a trend-driven society, Johnny Was is on the pulse of meeting the needs of today’s women by offering unique, quality pieces. These vibrant silhouettes infused with intoxicating color combinations express harmony and beauty by the soul of an artist through her design. You can experience the world of Johnny Was at a retailer nearest you, or in freestanding stores in Santa Monica Place and The Grove.