Fashion brands

Two fashion brands join the mix at St David’s

Two fashion retailers new to Wales are expected to arrive at St David’s Dewi Sant Cardiff this summer.

Designer shoe brand Carvela and womenswear boutique Mint Velvet will both open standalone stores in the city’s mall.

Carvela will present its innovative collection of shoes, bags and accessories. Designed by women for women with pioneering construction techniques, Carvela’s creations are designed to appeal to the style conscious and offer an extensive range of sizes and widths. The 2,130 square foot store will be located on the lower level of the Grand Arcade, next to sister brand Kurt Geiger, and is set to open Saturday, July 23. St David’s is the latest addition to Carvela’s high street presence and will be its 12e UK store, one of three to open in 2022.

Renowned for its ‘casual glamour’ style, Mint Velvet will also be making its Welsh debut when it opens the doors to its new 3,718 square foot store this summer. Located on The Hayes, next to AllSaints, the founder-led British brand will sell the brand’s women’s clothing, accessories and footwear collections.

Sarah Pugh, Head of Carvela Buying & Merchandise, said: “Signing for our first dedicated store in Wales is another big step for Carvela. St David’s is a destination that is hugely attractive to our customers and one that we have been targeting for some time as part of our national expansion. We look forward to opening next month and bringing our forward-looking, women-designed products to a new audience.

The latest signings are part of a series of stellar arrivals at St David’s, including the opening of the first OMEGA showroom of Phase Eight, Hobbs and Wales of luxury jewelery retailer Laings alongside the highly anticipated Ivy Asia , Thai restaurant Giggling Squid and Welsh bar Gin Ne Sais Quois, all set to launch this year.

Helen Morgan, Center Manager at St David’s Cardiff, commented: “Summer is already proving hot at St David’s with two fantastic brands that our customers will love, cementing our reputation for high fashion. We are constantly striving to bring exciting new names to St David’s, whether designer brands, classic favourites, Welsh independents or delicious dining experiences, and we are proud to see the latest arrivals join in the mix – with a promise of more to come.