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Steven Alan, the retailer known for shedding spotlight on many independent brands before launching his own, is planning to nurture these designers through advice and on occasion investment as they grow their own businesses and develop freestanding stores, according to WWD. Some of these brands, such as Clare Vivier, have become so associated with the Steven Alan brand that we're envisioning the results as offshoots of the shop we know and love.
Alan's also planning to expand his own business, including opening stores in Dallas, Chicago, and Portland, OR by the end of this year, bringing his total number of stores to 23. Some of his shops have also already opened or will open Steven Alan Optical kiosks, including New York, Boston, and San Francisco, and his home goods division will be rolling out in other stores later this year. "We kind of have one foot in a lot of different things," Alan said. "There's no model for this."—Laura Gurfein
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