Charlie Chanaratsopon is a Thai-American entrepreneur and investor. He is most notable for founding Charming Charlie, the colorful 290 national chain of stores that sells women’s jewelry and accessories.
A Houston-based women’s jewelry and accessories retailer is spreading its footprint beyond the U.S., with two international locations open and planning underway for two others.
Within the past few weeks, two Charming Charlie stores have opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates — 8,000 miles away from headquarters.
One store is at City Centre Mirdif and the second is at Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai. The stores are Charming Charlie’s first locations outside of North America.
The move has been in the works for about three years said Charlie Chanaratsopon, founder and CEO of the women’s jewelry and accessories retailer founded in 2004.
“What we wanted to do, first and foremost, was to have a market that would help build the brand,” Charlie Chanaratsopon said.
Charming Charlie teamed up with Apparel Group, an operating firm that oversees daily operations at the Middle East locations as it does with 1,000 other stores of different brands.
Accessory offerings differ a little for the Dubai store and have been tailored for locals, though the shopping experience is the same there as in any of the more than 350 Charming Charlie locations across the U.S. and Canada.
What made Dubai attractive was that it is a large market that can support continued growth, Chanaratsopon said. Business has been “gangbusters” since opening day, he added.
Charming Charlie has been on a growth spurt, opening about 150 of its stores within the past three years and averaging about 55 new locations per year.
A new store opened in June along Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Additional international locations are in the works. Charlie Chanaratsopon said a location in the Philippines could open this fall and a Mexico location in spring.
Charming Charlie, a women’s fashion and accessories retailer with more than 370 locations worldwide supports non-profit organizations through their in-store fundraising events. During ‘Charming Charlie Cares’ events, ten percent of all purchases are donated to the hosting charity.
On September 17th, the Charming Charlie store in Happy Valley, Oregon at Clackamas Town Center held an event to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. The event was hosted by Lisa Layton who describes herself as the #1 Charming Charlie Fan. She is a parent, a speech-language pathologist and patient living with a diagnosis of stage IV cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of liver and bile duct cancer.
Lisa shared that a highlight of the evening was meeting a young woman who lost her dad to cholangiocarcinoma several years ago. The attendee was delighted to come to one of her favorite stores and shop for a cause close to her heart. Another touching moment was when two siblings presented Lisa with two pairs of earrings from their own allowance. The little boy said “I just love shopping for jewelry.” Lisa felt “Certainly Charlie Chanaratsopon, founder and CEO would approve!”
The enthusiastic, friendly and caring associates at the Charming Charlie store in Clackamas helped to ensure that a good time was had by all. The manager of Charming Charlie at Clackamas Town Center, Merel Teuwan shared “At Charming Charlie every day is a special occasion. We care about our customers and want to find just the right items so they are delighted with their experience.” One customer remarked “What a perfect place to shop! I’m in love!” Another attendee exclaimed “This is the best place to have a charity event.”
Lisa recently had the opportunity to visit the Charming Charlie headquarters in Houston, TX while she was at MD Anderson Cancer Center for treatment. “The story of Mr. Chanaratsopon and his family originally from Thailand is inspirational. There “really is a Charlie and he is very charming!”
Lisa now looks forward to helping shoppers discover Charming Charlie and hopes to inspire others to host an in-store event. For more information about hosting a ‘Charming Charlie Cares’ event, contact Lynn.Brandon@charmingcharlie.com
Charming Charlie Cares Event
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 10:00am
56 S. Rio Grande St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
About the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (CCF)
Founded in 2006, the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (CCF) is a global 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected by bile duct cancer.
As a rare and lethal disease, cholangiocarcinoma lacks attention and sufficient resources. There is a vast, unmet need for education about cholangiocarcinoma across the entire disease spectrum – from bench to bedside. For that reason, the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation continues its efforts to raise awareness of all stakeholders in the cholangiocarcinoma community through advocacy, education, collaboration and research. More information is available at www.cholangiocarcinoma.org.
Cholangiocarcinoma is a “silent” form of cancer that originates from the cells lining the bile ducts. It is classified as a heterogeneous group of three anatomically distinct cancers grouped according to the location from which they arise: within the bile ducts (intrahepatic), outside the bile ducts (extrahepatic), and in between where the bile ducts exit the liver (perihilar).
The incidence and mortality of cholangiocarcinoma in North America and Europe has increased dramatically in the past few decades. In the U.S., there are now approximately 6,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Rates are highest among Hispanics and Asians, and men appear to have a slightly greater mortality from the disease than women. The highest incidence rates are observed in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia, with a peak registered in Thailand (33.4 per 100,000 in men, and 12.3 per 100,000 in women).
Because patients commonly present with symptoms that mimic those of other ailments, and there is no validated method of early detection, the majority of patients are diagnosed when the cancer is far too advanced to be removed by surgery. In these cases, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the mainstay of treatment. The dismal 5-year survival rate for intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma is estimated at 2-15%.
Charming Charlie, a women’s contemporary jewelry and accessory retailer, has opened its second Saudi store on Tahlia Street in Jeddah.
The 2,550 square feet store is operated by Apparel Group, Charming Charlie’s international licensing partner, which has further growth planned for the brand in the Middle East this year.
The retailer recently opened eight other store locations across Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar and Oman.
Known for carrying a wide array of accessible fashion accessories merchandised by color, the Charming Charlie Tahlia Street store offers a full range of products, including fashion jewelry, handbags, apparel, small leather goods, scarves, watches, sunglasses, a special occasion collection, and more.
The new location showcases the brand’s newest retail concept with a residential-style interior that mixes feminine, mid-century accents with luxe materials and details.
“It’s exciting to bring Charming Charlie’s colorful palette of accessories and playful shopping experience to more women throughout the world,” said Charlie Chanaratsopon, founder and CEO, Charming Charlie.
Charming Charlie is a women’s contemporary jewelry and accessories retailer offers “unrivaled value through high quality style and an accessible price.”
Launched in 2004 by Charlie Chanaratsopon, the brand is known for merchandising its broad product assortment by color.
Charming Charlie has more than 370 global retail stores across the Middle East, the United States, Canada and Philippines.
The 2,300-square-foot store is in the Mega Mall in Sharjah, which is UAE’s third-largest city and is in the Dubai metro area.
The store is operated by international licensing partner Apparel Group. Through its partnership with Apparel Group, Charming Charlie has opened several Middle East locations and has others planned. Within the past year, stores have opened in Oman, Qatar and two others in the United Arab Emirates.
Muscat – Houston-based women’s jewellery and accessories retailer, Charming Charlie opened its store at Muscat Grand Mall recently.
Known for its wide range of accessible fashion accessories, the retailer has on offer a wide range of products such as fashion jewellery, handbags, small leather goods, scarves, watches and sunglasses.
The 2,900sq ft store in MGM was officially inaugurated by Ann Mason, economic and commercial officer of the US Embassy in Muscat and Ibtihal Zadjali, media personality.
The brand which was launched in 2004 by Charlie Chanaratsopon, founder and chief executive officer of Charming Charlie has more than 350 global retail stores across the US, Canada, Middle East and the Philippines.
Charlie Chanaratsopon said, “We’re thrilled to introduce the Charming Charlie brand to Oman. It’s exciting to bring a colourful palette of accessories and playful shopping experience to more women across the world.”