A shoe designer whose items are worn by X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie, among others, is opening his first shop outside of London in the North East.
Terry de Havilland - who has created iconic footwear for the stars since the 1970s, and also counts supermodel Kate Moss and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence among his customers - is adding a store in Jesmond to his flagship base just off London’s famous Carnaby Street.
The designer, whose wife Liz hails from Newcastle, has now chosen Jesmond’s Clayton Road as only his second UK outlet. More stores are planned as the brand continues to grow globally.
Terry de Havilland’s design studio will remain in London, but his online sales and commercial office will now be based in Newcastle.
The store is now open and an official launch is planned for the end of the month. The store stocks his main line collection as well as some special offers and samples exclusive to the North East.
This first phase of the expansion of the Terry de Havilland brand has been overseen by Newcastle law firm Sintons.
Darren Spurling, managing director of Terry de Havilland, is overseeing the creation of the Jesmond store.
He said: “Newcastle is a very vibrant city and one which has a growing reputation as both a social and shopping destination. We are delighted to bring the Terry de Havilland brand here. With our online and commercial operations now operating out of Newcastle, the city will play a key role in the further expansion of Terry de Havilland. We already have plans in place to open further standalone stores in our key markets, which we hope to bring to fruition in the near future.”
Laura Peace, partner in the Real Estate department at Sintons, oversaw the acquisition of the Clayton Road site.
She said: “Terry de Havilland is a brand which enjoys a global reputation and whose iconic shoes are worn by some of the most famous women and biggest style icons in the world. It is a huge coup for Newcastle that Terry has chosen the city as the home of his second store, and we are delighted to have helped to make that happen.”