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British Retailer Hobbs Launches First U.S. Store In White Plains

Left to right: Thomas Miles, GM of The Westchester, Simon's Meghann Martindale, Jackie Rattner and Shanell Odum of Hobbs and Hobbs USA President Jim Walters. Photo Credit: John Vecchiolla
Hobbs has opened its first stand alone store in the U.S. at The Westchester in White Plains. Photo Credit: John Vecchiolla

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- You don't have to travel across the pond to get the Kate Middleton look. Instead, head to The Westchester in White Plains where Hobbs, a British-based women’s fashion brand has opened its first stand-alone store location in the U.S.

Designed in London, the retailer’s elegant, contemporary clothing is described as "made for the modern woman."

The Westchester General Manager Thomas Miles joined Hobbs USA President Jim Walters at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday, Oct. 21.

As for what to expect: Hobb's Autumn Winter 2016 collection features elements of town and country reflected through earthy tones, structured silhouettes and noble fibers -- think the finest merino and alpaca wool, exquisite cashmere, rare camel hair and the softest silks.

Shoppers will also find a host of natural hues such as deep berries, moss greens, slate blues and marble whites. And in another on-trend look, silhouettes are both strong and soft, with sharp, structured lines and sumptuous textures evocative of the varying aspects of nature itself.

Coats dominate the collection, paired with sharp boot cut trousers and luxurious knits, with military designs and the woolen trench coat are key pieces to look out for.

The velvet maxi dress, windowpane checks, organic floral prints and the wood anemone pink faux fur coat all call out to this prevailing, natural aesthetic, while pie crust necklines on blouses and exaggerated cuffs heighten the natural femininity reflected throughout the collection.

During the official opening, the retailer launched its high-end apparel, including its luxurious signature line, The Palace Collection, an award-winning range created in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for six magnificent palaces, including the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace.

In addition to occasion wear, smart-casual styles and work attire, Hobbs features a full range of shoes and accessories, which are handmade in the brand's Italian workshop.

"We are thrilled that Hobbs chose The Westchester to launch its first stand-alone store in the United States," said Paula Kelliher, director of marketing for The Westchester, "The brand embodies the successful confident women who live in this area, and we hope that the new store will give them the contemporary clothing and accessories they need to manage their busy schedules in style – with a playful British twist.”

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