Belfast Telegraph

Kate Spade’s latest shop has been fitted out by Portview

By Margaret Canning

Belfast company Portview Fit-Out has worked on the latest London boutique from designer Kate Spade as part of a £1.6m deal.

The firm has been working on the New York fashion queen’s two-storey shop on Regent Street. 

In total, there are four Kate Spade stores in London and one in Oxford. 

The chain was founded by Kate Valentine and is now part of Fifth & Pacific.

A spokesman for Portview said the store would put the label’s entire range — from homeware to handbags and childrenswear — under one roof in a European store for the first time.

Joinery and cabinets for the first floor were designed in the US and shipped over to London, before being fitted out by Portview. Portview contracts manager PJ Ward said: “We aim to make everyone’s job easier, including our own, so we spent time planning the sequence of this fit-out in order that we could meet the timescale, co-ordinate deliveries and cause as little disruption as possible for the other tenants in the building. 

“We are very proud of the teamwork that went into making this fit-out possible.”

Abigail Blumsohn, interior architect at Househam Henderson, said that its experience of working with Portview in the past had paid off.

Design challenges had come in the form of fitting a feature staircase, and the need to communicate across multiple timezones.

Part of the first floor had to be cut out to fit the staircase.

It was created by the client and contract teams from construction drawings, then made in steel with walnut treads and handrails.

Ms Blumsohn said: “The full project team, including Kate Spade’s design team, worked together to guide the evolution of the scheme.

“The collaborative effort between the contractor, architect and brand led to the delivery of a quirky and high-quality project which I believe we can all take pride in.”

Portview has carried out work for a number of designer labels and department stores in the UK and Europe, including Issey Miyake, Oscar de la Renta and Harvey Nichols.

It’s also been working on the corporate hospitality sections of the Olympic Stadium in London before the stadium is handed over to West Ham United FC.

Portview’s success in London is part of an industry-wide trend for construction-related companies to pick up a large amount of their work in Great Britain, due to a lack of work at home.

Managing director Simon Campbell told the Belfast Telegraph earlier this year: “I believe the Northern Ireland story is a selling point rather than a hindrance, and that’s because of the type of people we are. We are very conscientious, with a good work ethic.”

The company is based in Florenceville Avenue off the Ormeau Road and employs around 77 people, as well as contractors.

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