Two for one: Retailers bringing European vibe to New Haven shopping scene

The shops at Yale and Yale University Properties have signed lease agreements with two international retailers — Emporium DNA and Kiko Milano — for one of the prime retail corners in New Haven: 1 Broadway.

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp at the press conference announcing the new tenants of 1 Broadway. (Photo by Michael Marsland)

Kiko Milano, with one other location in the United States, is an affordable cosmetics brand from Italy; it will occupy 1,300 square feet of space at 1 Broadway. Emporium DNA, with four other locations in the United States, features a carefully curated mix of contemporary apparel and accessories brands; it will occupy 2,600 square feet.

The retailers’ decision to open stores in New Haven reflects the city’s growing reputation as a vibrant retail center with significant cultural and dining offerings and strong demographics. Opening in the Broadway shopping district, these stores will complement the existing businesses on Broadway such as Apple, J. Crew, Alex and Ani, Trailblazer, Urban Outfitters, Maison Mathis, and the Yale Bookstore.

“We are delighted that Kiko Milano and Emporium DNA have chosen New Haven for the location of their new stores,” said Lauren Zucker, Yale’s associate vice president for the Office of New Haven Affairs and University Properties. “Feedback from our customer surveys has indicated a strong desire for an affordable cosmetics offering as well as additional exciting brands in New Haven and those requests are being met. Although these are international companies, these retailers will create local jobs in New Haven and will draw consumers to New Haven to support all of our downtown local merchants.”

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Kiko Milano

Kiko Milano, founded in 1997, is an affordable Italian professional cosmetics brand with more than 1,200 products. Behind each product lies the advanced research of a team of scientists dedicated to developing cutting-edge technologies and original formulas to ensure women’s beauty needs are satisfied. Kiko Milano has more than 500 stores in Europe including: Rome, Madrid, Berlin, Paris, and London.

Emporium DNA

Emporium has been hailed as one of the most compelling and entertaining shopping experiences ever developed by IK Retail Group, which specializes in international business expansion. Dedicated to delivering exclusive brands to shoppers, Emporium is expected to become a retail powerhouse in New Haven and Connecticut as owner Iraklis Karabassis has built a career by importing international fashions to U.S. markets.

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