Charlotte Olympia US business collapses

Charlotte Olympia US has collapsed, with all of its store closed.

The US retail arm of the UK-headquartered luxury fashion and shoe retailer is believed to have debts amounting to US$19.2 million, and assets of just $3.2 million. It had four stores: in New York, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills and Orange County. A fifth store in Bel Harbour, Florida, was closed last year.

In its bankruptcy filing, the company cited “unprecedented disruption in the retail market”.

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The stores were operated by Pinktoe Tarantula and its affiliates Desert Blonde Tarantula and Red Pump Tarantula.

“The brick-and-mortar retail environment has been experiencing, and continues to experience, unprecedented disruption due to a confluence of factors, including the proliferation of online retailers, changing consumer tastes and demographics, and increased competition,” the companies said in the filing. “Despite selling the iconic Charlotte Olympia brand and taking steps to reduce their expenditures, the debtors’ operations are not profitable due to the widespread disruption in the retail industry.”

Charlotte Olympia’s US wholesale business is unaffected by the bankruptcy of the retail operations.

The fashion label was founded in 2007 by Charlotte Olympia Dellal and also has stores in the UK, Dubai, Thailand and Russia. Its clothes and shoes are stocked by upmarket department atores around the world, including MyTheresa, Saks and Bloomingdale’s, and online on Net-a-Porter.


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