Two popular Chicago-based retail startups are expanding their brick-and-mortar presence.
Men's shopping service Trunk Club — which may or may not be in talks to be acquired by Nordstrom Inc. — will open a fourth permanent showroom, in Los Angeles. CEO Brian Spaly declined to comment on the Nordstrom rumors reported earlier this week, but confirmed in an email that the L.A. location will open in August. The store will join locations in the River North neighborhood, Washington and Dallas.
Mr. Spaly also declined to discuss Trunk Club revenue beyond noting that "it's going in the right direction."
He has previously said he expected to end last year with 50,000 customers and revenue of more than $40 million.
Separately, canvas shoe line BucketFeet Inc. just inked a deal to be carried by Bloomingdale's Inc.
Speaking at a Glappitnova event in West Town last night, co-founder and CEO Raaja Nemani said his shoes will start out in five locations of the New York-based department chain. The store sites have not yet been announced.
The artist-designed footwear company, based in the West Loop, already has placed its shoes in nearly 50 Nordstrom locations and independent retailers around the country.
Mr. Nemani founded the company in 2011 with Aaron Firestein, whom he met after leaving a finance job to travel the world. Last year, BucketFeet sales exceeded $1 million. The company has raised nearly $5 million so far from investors including Crate & Barrel founder Gordon Segal and restaurateur Larry Levy.