Shepherd wonders, 'will luxury retail grow again?'.What's next for the luxury retail market? Retailers and their brokers, who are considering opening new stores in Manhattan's high-rent retail districts, are waiting to see. Emerging in the mid 80's, the luxury retail store became a major market phenomenon by the year 2000, especially on upper Madison Avenue Madison Avenue, celebrated street of Manhattan, borough of New York City. It runs from Madison Square (23d St.) to the Madison Bridge over the Harlem River (138th St.). In the 1940s and 50s, some of the major U.S. , Fifth Avenue, Chelsea and Soho.
However, the continuing economic downturn, exacerbated by 9/li's aftermath and fears of international conflict, has brought an air of caution to the market, and for many retailers, growth has hit the "pause" button.
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["Waterloo Systems Language: Tutorial and Language Reference", F.D. Boswell, WATFAC Publications Ltd., Waterloo, Canada. ISBN 0-919884-00-8]. Strategic Retail, shopping in specialty stores had increased 22%, contrasted to an 18% decrease in department stores This is a list of department stores. In the case of department store groups the location of the flagship store is given. This list does not include large specialist stores, which sometimes resemble department stores. . And while this last year saw the opening of major stores for Prada, Burberry, McQueen, Chanel, Donna Karan Donna Karan is the fashion designer and the creator of the DKNY (Donna Karan New York) clothing label. She was born Donna Ivy Faske on October 9, 1948 in Forest Hills, New York. and DKNY DKNY Donna Karan New York , many of these projects were underway well before the downturn.
But how did luxury retail stores come to claim such a large market share over department stores? And what has been their attraction for high-end shoppers? In-large part, it's due to the persuasive power of branding in a store environment. For over a decade, star fashion designers have understood that success lies in becoming global brands, first through the inventive use of PR and advertising to extend their reach, and then through the development of stores and shops. Consumer response had been steadily positive, with customers indulging a growing appetite for trendy products like the must-have Gucci shoes or Prada bag.
Nothing offers fashion retailers a better presentation of their brand than the unique shopping experience offered by their own stores. Indeed "owning the store" gives designers full control of promoting the brand, from layout and lighting to special effects special effects, in motion pictures, cinematographic techniques that create illusions in the audience's minds as well as the illusions created using these techniques. and merchandising. Called lifestyle design, it lets the designer present his or her story from the moment of entry, gently guiding the customer through the space, engaged in a narrative that shows the collections to their best advantage. Thematic displays, consistent from store to store, can project and enhance the broader themes from the current collection, advertising campaigns and promotions.
Best of all, a store of one's own allows the display of the entire product line in one location, unlike department stores where collections are spread out among swim wear, eye wear, evening wear and the like.
The ability to convey the complete look and cross-sell, from suit to shoes and accessories, makes a compelling story or display -- and sales opportunity. And designers like Versace, Armani and Calvin Klein Noun 1. Calvin Klein - United States fashion designer noted for understated fashions (born in 1942)
Calvin Richard Klein, Klein , have extended the cross-sell to items for the home, so that one can indeed live the designer lifestyle.
Bringing the experience together is, of course, customer service. Sales associates, with their in-depth knowledge of the collection, can present the designer's aesthetic and offer customers personalized per·son·al·ize
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For several fashion designers, store branding has extended to the hiring of internationally known architects whose own style will artfully amplify their own. But whoever the architect is, a store's opening is a carefully choreographed publicity event, accompanied by a crescendo cres·cen·do
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b. of major promotions that begin happening before and play out after the opening. The event itself can provide full expression of the brand, with the designer presenting a lifestyle message that is usually featured in major fashion magazines and general interest publications.
So what is the future of such a potent promotion and sales tool? Today, high-end fashion shopping is down while the purchase of items for the home is up. While upscale shoppers haven't entirely forgone the service and amenities of specialty retail stores, the development of new stores is now on hold for many fashion retailers. Certainly Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue remain reasonably secure for future development, with Chelsea still being tested for a high-end retail future.
Soho's fate however, is unknown. With its proximity to the World Trade Center site and the area's subsequent closing for several months, it has yet to recover from the trauma of 9/11. Much of the gallery trade, which was part of the area's cache, had already relocated to Chelsea. Now, Soho's fate seems very much tied to the redevelopment of lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan is the southernmost part of the island of Manhattan, the main island and center of business and government of the City of New York. Lower Manhattan is generally defined as the area delineated on the north by Chambers Street, on the west by the Hudson River (North , and that area's final resolution is several years away.
Perhaps the opening of Bloomingdales on Broadway in fall 2003 will be the catalyst for a shopping resurgence. Given the uncertainty of the times, many retailers are choosing to sit tight.