Tiffany & Co. jewelry opens first New Orleans store in Canal Place
Tiffany & Co. opened its first New Orleans jewelry store in the Shops at Canal Placeon Wednesday, and for one of the company's executives, it marked a homecoming.
Anthony Robins, who grew up in New Orleans and studied architecture at Tulane University, is vice president of global real estate and store design for the 176-year-old international company known for its diamond engagement rings and blue boxes.
The 3,900-square-foot store -- which incorporates design elements from the flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City -- includes bridal, fine and fashion jewelry sections. Tiffany began looking for real estate in New Orleans as far back as 10 years ago, company officials said. It also marks the company's first move into Louisiana.
The new store, in a remodeled space formerly occupied by Mignon Faget, employs 21 people. Local jeweler Mignon Faget moved into a new space in Canal Place just a few doors away.
Robins, who lives in New York and finished a Tulane graduate program in 1986, visited New Orleans this week before the store's opening. He said he hopes the space matches the feeling of the city, warm and welcoming with grandeur.
"Growing up here, I was always inspired by the architecture of New Orleans," Robins said.
As the company's 94th store in the United States, the New Orleans location should serve as a symbol "of the renaissance of this great city," Robins said.
"Everything in New Orleans that has come back, has come back stronger," he said.
Tiffany, the world's second largest luxury jewelry retailer, earlier this week posted third-quarter profit that topped analysts' estimates and boosted its annual earnings forecast, Bloomberg News reported.
For the year that ended Jan. 31, Tiffany reported global net sales of $3.8 billion, up 4 percent from the previous year.