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The Villages By Value Retail Celebrate Autumn With A Programme Of Exciting Exhibitions, Events And Pop-Ups – And A Special Focus On Menswear

August 25, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

This autumn, the nine Villages in Europe by Value Retail will offer guests a sparkling line-up of new boutique openings, pop-ups, exhibitions and experiences, with a special focus on men’s fashion and style.

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From September, Bicester Village near London is celebrating ‘Curators of Style’. The British Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique, held in collaboration with the British Fashion Council, will return for autumn with a dedicated menswear pop-up. Curated by British GQ magazine, the boutique will feature the collections of Britain’s most exciting up-and-coming and established menswear designers, including Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Raeburn and Agi & Sam, alongside work by artists from RA Editions at the Royal Academy of Art. The boutique will be open from 23 August to 21 October.

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One of Britain’s most exciting and directional footwear designers, Nicholas Kirkwood – who has won the British Fashion Award for Best Accessory Designer of the Year no less than three times – has opened a temporary boutique in the Village, which will be open until mid-October. Also GINA, the iconic shoemaker now in its sixtieth year, has opened its first ever UK outlet boutique in the Village. Famous around the world for its beautifully-crafted, highly quality footwear, GINA is the only remaining British label to produce luxury ladies footwear in London.

From 6 September to 4 January, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London will present Horst: Photographer of Style, a retrospective of the work of leading photographer Horst P. Horst (1906–1999). As official partners, and as part of the ‘Curators of Style’ campaign, Bicester Village and Kildare Village near Dublin will host a series of exciting events in celebration of Horst’s work. Each Village will showcase 20 of Horst’s finest pieces from early September, along with fascinating film footage of Horst at work in the Vogue studios in the 1940s, to give guests to the Village a taste of what promises to be one of London’s most exciting events this autumn.

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Over in Spain, the Barcelona Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique – which was launched in La Roca Village on 30 June by Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman – will add stylish men’s luggage label Prógono to its stellar line-up of brands, perfect for today’s sophisticated traveller. The pop-up will be open until 30 September.

From 1 to 31 October, Fidenza Village near Milan will give guests a chance to discover a special ‘Menswear Route’ through the Village. Highlighting the hottest brands for men’s fashion – including Missoni, Diesel, Brooks Brothers, Colombo and Pollini – the Menswear Route map, which guests can collect from the Tourist Information Centre, will contain a host of exclusive offers at participating boutiques, including a special gift on purchase of goods at three different boutiques. Also for the stylish man-about-town is a selection of shopping packages available to buy on, through which guests can enjoy shopping in the Village combined with unique cultural experiences. The Ferrari & Shopping experience, priced at €60 per person, offers an amazing insight into the world of Ferrari. The package begins with a visit to Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari – Enzo Ferrari’s birthplace – before continuing with a tour of Museo Ferrari in Maranello, where guests will enjoy an extraordinary experience into the world of Ferrari, and have the chance to discover not just the history of these cars, but the story of current Ferrari models, Formula 1 cars and what’s in store for the future. Finally, guests will receive a VIP Card entitling them to an additional 10% saving on their purchases and a €25 gift card to spend at Fidenza Village.

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Guests will be spoilt for choice, as new to the Village for autumn are Vivienne Westwood – the iconic British fashion brand – set to open a boutique in the Village on 1 October, and Cesare Paciotti, the Italian brand offering beautifully crafted footwear for men and women, which is now open.From 15 September to 31 October, guests to the Village will also have a chance to win a trip for two to Sandal Regency La Toc Resort in St. Lucia, with a minimum purchase of €150. Guests need to simply present their receipts at the Tourist Information Centre and complete an entry form for a chance to win.

From 1 September to 15 October, guests to all nine Villages will have a chance to earn 500 Bonus Miles in addition to the usual two Award Miles for every euro spent. On presentation of a special invitation – available at the Village Welcome or Tourist Information Centres – a Flying Blue membership card and receipts for purchases totalling a minimum of €/£500, guests will be credited with 500 Bonus Miles.

By combining luxury shopping and superior service with the best of European culture, the nine Villages are the ultimate destinations for a very fashionable day out this autumn.

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