Faconnable opens store at Bel-Square; bebe returning


Top international fashion brand, Faconnable, has opened its first free-standing store in the Northwest at Bellevue Square. The store is next to Burberry on the first floor of the Nordstrom cooridor. Founded in the 1950s, Façonnable is known for its collections of men's classic French tailoring and resort wear.

As part of its grand opening, 15 percent of its sales from March 20-24 will be donated to the Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation. The foundation and the City of Bellevue are raising funds for a new youth theater facility at Crossroads Park, with groundbreaking set for April.

Also on tap for the Square is Orogold Cosmetics, which features a product line formulated with gold. The gold in the product is extremely small particles of gold that carry across the skin barrier and are absorbed into the body. Opening is planned for fall at a location yet to be determined.

Camper, which debuted in Barcelona, Spain, will bring its footwear styles to the Square in mid- to late-April on the first level adjacent to North Face. The company also has stores in London, Paris and Milan.

Tommy Bahama plans to open a new store at the Square on April 24, bringing its popular sporsswear and swimwear to a second-level location next to Nordstrom and Apple.

Cactus will bring its popular Northwest version of a Southwest kitchen and bar to the former location of Z'Tejas, which closed Jan. 31. Opening is set for June.

Chic, contemporary fashion store bebe will return to Bel-Square on March 21 in the former location of Build-A-Bear on the first floor just south of Center Court.

And Lego's Bellevue Square store, one of the company's top U.S. sales per square foot stores in the country, has increased its space on the first floor near Sephora and Mikael Kors. Lego will hold a special event this weekend at Center Court to celebrate.

Finally, L'Occitane is doing a remodel, as is Brighton. Once Upon a Time has closed, as has Fuego, which had a short-term lease in the area that will become Camper.

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