Dennis Basso To Open First Outlet Store at NYC’s Empire Outlets

by Katie Lee

New York City — Dennis Basso, one of the world’s most prominent and prestigious fashion designers, will soon open his first outlet store at Empire Outlets, New York City’s first and only outlet center development currently under construction along the New York Harbor on Staten Island.

The new 2,138-square-foot leasing transaction was completed just days before the one of the industry’s biggest trade shows, the International Council of Shopping Center’s (ICSC) RECon conference, taking place on May 22-25 in Las Vegas.

Dennis Basso’s new outlet boutique will offer an extensive collection of furs, ready-to-wear couture and accessories.  Basso’s designs have been prominently seen on screen in films such as “Chicago,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Nine” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

“Dennis Basso defines international couture, and we are extremely thrilled that Empire Outlets will be the first outlet location for this trend setting global phenomenon,” says Joseph Ferrara, principal at BFC Partners. “In 2017, residents and visitors alike will be able to walk into Dennis’ boutique and walk out feeling like they are ready to hit the red carpet and take home a piece of NYC couture. It’s all about the experience.”

Dennis Basso will join other national brands including Nordstrom Rack, White House Black Market, among others. Empire Outlets is currently 60% leased and BFC Partners is currently in negotiations with other prominent national retailers. 

Located directly adjacent to the St. George Ferry Terminal, the multimillion-dollar Empire Outlets project will include 350,000 square feet of prime retail space with approximately 100 designer outlet retailers; a 190-room hotel featuring a rooftop venue with expansive waterfront views; a 1,250-space structured parking garage; and a 40,000-square-foot food and beverage deck that will provide extraordinary views of the Manhattan skyline. The project will be adjacent to the New York Wheel, which will be one of the tallest observation wheels in the Western hemisphere.

BFC Partners has been a developer of affordable and market-rate housing and mixed-use projects in New York City for more than 30 years. For more information, visit For more information about Empire Outlets, visit

SOURCE: BFC Partners

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