Alice + Olivia launched in 2002 as a women's fashion brand that was exclusively sold in Barneys New York. The company's steady growth over the last 15 years now has it selling its clothing in 50 different countries. And part of that growth has come through the brand's expansion to its own brick and mortar locations.
Alice + Olivia opened its first boutiques in New York and Los Angeles in the mid-2000s and has since gone on to open 38 worldwide.
Regency partnered with the company to make sure their lighting was not only fresh and up-to-date, but also to help get their new stores open on time and on budget. Our job with Alice + Olivia, and all our customers, is to make lighting easier – not a nuisance.
We recently sat down with Alice + Olivia project manager Henry Chang, who helps guide store development and rollout, to talk to him about the keys to completing new store buildout on time and on budget. Watch our interview with him below:
Why work with a lighting distributor on new construction projects?
Our team of lighting specialists worked with Henry and the Alice + Olivia brand to dial in a lighting package that helped to highlight the fashion line's products.
Here are four other values we bring to the table on projects like the ones Henry manages:
1. Lighting that meets local code
Energy code can be thorny. And when you're a brand like Alice + Olivia, opening in multiple regions across the country, it's a lot to ask your in-house project management team to make sure that each light bulb will meet the code standards for each new store.
Our design and construction services teams solve for that.
2. Lighting that arrives on time
We have relationships with hundreds of lighting manufacturers, so even if a product goes out of stock or has a prohibitive lead time, we can always specify an alternative that will arrive in time for the electrical contractor on-site to install ahead of a store's grand opening. Our six distribution centers around the country allow us to swiftly get product to your job site, no matter where you are in the country.
3. Lighting that meets budget
When you're opening new stores, there are always contingencies to account for. We get that. But we do our very best to keep your lighting spend under control. We frequently value engineer lighting packages to make sure you win. Once again, our manufacturer relationships allow us to ensure you're getting a competitive price on your products.
4. Service that exceeds expectations
We built our company on a value for relationships. As Henry mentions in the video above, we work to get to know you – your expectations, your challenges, and your workflow – and we aim to provide you with service that works for you. Different companies have different needs and goals for their new construction projects. Our service takes that into account and caters to your specific project.
Photo credit: Alice + Olivia