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  IS THERE ANYTHING MORE CONFUSING than selling in the Middle East?  We don’t just mean because of wars and centuries-old animosities between countries.  No, we are referring to the Islamic culture, religion, and tradition that control so much of life in this area, and which have to be understood if a business is going to successfully market here. 

Not only is the Islamic culture often very foreign to the west, it is not even consistent within the borders of the Arab world. For example, women dress in a conservative western-like manner in some Islamic countries, while in others; they can’t go outside without wearing an abaya, a long black cloak that covers them completely from head to toe with just a small slit for the eyes to see. 

Getting into business, things are even more confusing. “You have to have patience and partnerships,” declared Lily Arjomand, former general merchandise manager of Saks Fifth Avenue in Dubai.  “Even to do ads for Dolce & Gabbana in Dubai,” she says, “We had to put long sleeves on evening gowns and then get approval from the government to run them.”

In Dubai, you can show sleepwear and lingerie in store windows and in brochures.  But in Saudi Arabia, a store can be closed for showing a mannequin of a female form or marketing images of women in store windows or brochures.  In Dubai, women can sell lingerie.  In Saudi Arabia, only men can sell lingerie, but they are not allowed to speak to women customers. Hmmm.

                                          Thriving, Rich Market

SO, YOU MIGHT ASK, WHY would anyone bother to enter such a complicated market area?  Because it is thriving, and because – believe it or not — women here spend enormous sums on designer apparel and accessories every year.  “We’ve seen luxury business grow nearly 50 percent a year over the past three years,” declared Elisabeth Ponsolle des Portes, president of the French luxury goods association Comite Colbert, referring to the predominantly Arabic Mideast.

TASTE IN THE MIDDLE EAST RUNS TOWARD LAVISH, COLORFUL, GLITTERY ACCESSORIES.  LOOK HERE FOR SOME LUXURIOUS-LOOKING EXAMPLES:

 

 

Brands in general – and luxury brands in particular – are wildly popular in the Middle East. There is a sizeable population of very affluent oil people here who can easily afford luxury.

According to a survey by global management firm A.T. Kearny, the Middle East and North Africa offer the most dynamic retail growth opportunities.  Kuwait was ranked second in the 2010 top 20 for retail development, while Saudi Arabia was fourth, United Arab Emirites was seventh, Tunisia was eleventh, and Egypt was twelveth.

                                            Sinful Doings?

WITH ALL THIS DEMAND, retailers still don’t have it easy. Governments, for example, frequently regulate hours of operation, and often require that stores close during prayer hours. One retailer rented a store with big windows, and when the Mutaween saw it they demanded that barriers be put up in front of the windows, so that people could not see anything sinful going on inside.  Then, they said the barriers had to come down, because they couldn’t see what was going on inside the store! Frustrating, to say the least.

But despite all these problems, companies are rushing to set up business in the Middle East.  Louboutin has a store in Jeddai, Saudi Arabia, and is opening two more in the region within the next couple of months.  Hermes operates five stores in the region and plans on opening three more by 2012.  Van Cleef & Arpels, which already has stores in Dubai, Bahrain, and Kuwait, is opening three more by early next year.  Even Bloomingdales opened its first overseas operation in the Middle East this year.

Jim Quinn of Tiffany & Co. said the Middle East has been very important to the firm since 1995.  That’s when the firm opened its first store in Bahrain.  Beyond that, Tiffany has 20 stores operating in the greater area. “It’s a different culture and we have to understand local traditions and customs,” Quinn said. “For example, watches are a status symbol for men.  But in strict compliance with the Koran, a man would never wear a yellow gold bracelet watch.  It’s a question of humility.”

INTERESTED IN JEWELRY WITH GLOBAL TASTE APPEAL?  HERE ARE SOME EXCELLENT EXAMPLES, WITH GREAT VALUE PRICING:

 

Comments (0) Posted by Mary McGarry on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

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  THEY ARE CALLING IT CROWDSOURCING, AND if you don’t know what it is all about, you better learn soon!  This is a whole new idea in fashion, and major brands as well as many smaller players are in on what looks like a fairly long ride.

What Crowdsourcing basically means is giving the consumer the opportunity to decide what is designed and produced by a particular firm. On a large scale, it is often referred to as many-to-many. Yes, of course…this is Internet material!

But here’s the thing: consumers can not only create clothes, they can then share and rate each other’s designs and even get paid if someone orders their creations.  Call it fashion democracy, customized products, or what you will. This is a very, very hot movement!

Many very big brands are in on the Crowdsourcing wave-length, like Bloomingdale’s and Nike and Keds. A number of little guys are getting into the action, too, like ModCloth and Spoonflower, small but smart startups on the retail scene.

Analysts predict the specialized products growing out of Crowdsourcing and the like will eventually represent 10 percent or more of the total market for apparel and accessories. That means big bucks!

Keds Collective is a curated collection of designs from artists, musicians and others. It is a good example of how the new customization can work with standard company designs. “We provide a clear point of view or starting point for the product and encourage people to add their point of view on top of that.  We feel it really reinforces the brand’s positioning of creative possibilities,” Burrows says.

A major point to note: Retail accounts can also order and sell custom product!

CROWDSOURCING WORKS MOST EASILY WHEN A BASIC DESIGN IS FIRST PRESENTED TO THE CUSTOMER.  HERE ARE SOME CLASSIC BASIC JEWELRY FORMS THAT STAND ON THEIR OWN:

 

  • Plated rope chain. Add a pendant – or wear as is.

                                                     Just the Beginning

THIS IS REALLY JUST THE BEGINNING of Crowdsourcing, and nobody knows what directions it might go in the future. Companies are using it for all manner of things! For example, Threadless is a Chicago-based company that makes close to $40 million a year producing and selling customized t-shirts.  Graphic designs are submitted and chosen by users on the site.

Then, there is a company called Ponoko.  Customers here can create, sell, source and produce just about anything from tables to jewelry.  Visitors to the site can upload designs to the firm, which is located in New Zealand, and it then laser cuts the design in felt, metal, wood, or other materials.

At Spoonflower, anyone can design, order and sell custom printed fabric.  Designers earn 10 percent if somebody else orders one of their designed fabrics. The firm produces more than 2,000 yards of fabric a week, with more than 50 percent of the company’s customers making fabric to sell.

Spoonflower’s spokesperson says textile design is something that used to be limited to a tiny number of professionals and the products were mass produced. “But today, you put these tools for self-expression out there, and people will embrace them, whether it’s books, photography, or textile design. The same thing could easily be true for product and apparel design.  Micro-manufacturing could easily become a significant force in the United States.”

                                          Distinctive Conformity

Marshall Cohen, who is chief industry analyst at The NPD Group, says customers love Crowdsourcing but, “It’s got to be quick and easy for the consumer to execute.”  Discussing its popularity with young people, Cohen referred to what he called “distinctive conformity.”  Teens want to wear something no one else has, but they also don’t want to be laughed at. With the right kind of Crowdsourcing, they can create something unique, but not too unique!

NOT EVERYBODY IS INTO DESIGNING THEIR OWN PRODUCTS.  FOR THE MAJORITY OF US, JUST BUYING GOOD PRODUCTS AT THE RIGHT PRICE IS ENOUGH.  HERE ARE SOME GOOD EXAMPLES:

 

Comments (0) Posted by Mary McGarry on Monday, September 13th, 2010

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MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!  $900 million dollars!   That’s what Ralph Lauren is expected to net on a secondary public offering of about a quarter of his Class B voting shares in Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation. Can you believe it?  $900 million dollars!  And for that, the super-designer will only dilute his control of the voting stock by a miniscule amount. Not bad! He sells off a portion of Polo, pockets almost a billion dollars, and still retains almost 93.5 percent control. Bravo, Ralph.

LEGION OF HONOR:  Karl Lagerfeld is excitedly sporting a new piece of silver jewelry, a limited edition medal suspended from a red ribbon, an impressive accessory just meant to be worn with one of Lagerfeld’s high collared shirts.  The medal, presented to him by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, brings the super designer into an esteemed community as a Commander of the French Legion of Honor. It was presented to Lagerfeld during a ceremony at the Elysee presidential palace June 3rd.  This is France’s highest civilian award. 

SPRINGTIME IN PARIS:  Oh, we’re still reeling from the magnificent emporium opened recently in Paris by Ralph Lauren, and now Michael Kors is at it, too.  A former creative director at Celine, Kors plans to open his largest store in Paris – 7,000 square feet – sometime in the spring of 2011. The store will be located at 279 Rue Saint Honore, which Kors calls the perfect street for his clients…glamorous, chic, romantic and fast-paced.

     Major product emphasis will be on accessories, with handbags, small leather goods, eyewear and watches prominently featured on the main level.  Women’s ready-to-wear will be showcased on the second floor.  Company CEO John Idol says that the Michael Kors retail locations have a proven track record of success globally, and adds, “We look forward to further growth throughout Europe.”

THE FRENCH JUST CAN’T STAY OUT OF THE NEWS WHERE FASHION IS CONCERNED!  HERE ARE SOME DELIGHTFUL ACCESSORIES TO GIVE YOU AN INTRIGUING LOOK ON YOUR NEXT TRIP TO PARIS:

 

 

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE:  The Gap has unveiled three limited edition special designer collections created  exclusively for the store by three top winning designers of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Competition Awards. The collections are for men’s and women’s apparel and for jewelry. 

         Patrick Robinson, executive vice president of Gap, credited the designers (Monique Pean, Patrik Ervell and Sophie Theallet) with creating “amazing interpretations” of Gap’s iconic classics, saying they will serve as a window to the high-end fashion industry for Gap customers. 

        The jewelry, by Paen, includes eco-friendly necklaces and bracelets made from naturally shed buffalo horn, coconut, buri twine and organic cotton.  Paen worked with artisans in Colombia in creating the line, which consists of 12 jewelry styles, saying the pieces “reflect the design and organic direction of her fine jewelry.”

        Paen said this is the first time she has worked with jewelry in quantity.  Until now, all her designs have been for fine jewelry collections featuring one-of-a-kind pieces.  “So, this has been a challenge, but it has also been very exciting,” she declared.  The necklaces in the grouping run from about $200 to $300.

ECO-FRIENDLY IS THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE.  LOOK HERE FOR PIECES WITH A “GOOD EARTH” LOOK:

 

 

Comments Off on Fashion & Money: Lauren to Pocket Almost A Billion on Stock Sale– Kors Plans New Paris Emporium Posted by Mary McGarry on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

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A NIGHT TO REMEMBER:  Wasn’t it a glittery night at Alice Tulley Hall in Manhattan recently as celebrities gathered for the 2010 Council of Fashion Designers Fashion Awards!  Sarah Jessica Parker made a Board of Directors’ special tribute to the late Alexander McQueen, saying she was honored to be given the award-bestowal role.  Michael Kors received the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, while Marc Jacobs won the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award.  Alexis Bittar was acclaimed Accessory Designer of the Year.

Oh, but to see the fabulous clothing and accessories!  Mary Kate Olsen was there with all sorts of interesting and big bracelets on her wrists, along with big stone cocktail rings.  Sasha Plvovrova was radiant in a long black skirt, white silk cami, and huge grey and white beaded bib necklace.  Sarah Jessica Parker was elegantly attired in a blue-violet floral long dress.  She wore black and gold bracelets, large button earrings, and carried a medium-sized black snakeskin handbag.  Little clutch handbags were pandemic!  Jessica Biel’s was light tan; Alesa Chang’s was covered with gorgeous jet beads. 

Donna Karan wore a heavily draped silver grey silk satin off-the-shoulder dress.  Rachel Weiss wore a Jason Wu blue print short dress.  And Iman trumped everyone with a fabulous long black Giambattista Valli evening dress which she wore with spectacular Fred Leighton diamond cuff bracelets on both wrists.  Magnificent!

RESORT VACATIONING:   Grey was a dominant color at the latest unveiling of several resort collections.  Oscar de la Renta presented a gorgeous grey and black evening dress with a Cinderella-flamboyant skirt and a lacey top.  The model wore the dress with a small beaded choker with a delicate black drop pendant.  Carolina Herrera showed a heavily textured grey and brown strapless evening dress, while Diane von Furstenberg put forth a somewhat traditional grey and white bathing suit with a white, orange, blue and black geometric-print over blouse.  Needless to say, she accessorized the very European-styled beach suit with big black sunglasses.  Looked like Cannes!

RESORT OFFERS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACCESSORIES.  HERE ARE JUST A COUPLE OF DELIGHTFUL JEWELRY LOOKS FOR WARM WEATHER CLIMES:

 

 

TO CATCH A THIEF:  Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Miami and New York are among the areas where retail crime flourishes, according to a new report just released by the National Retail Federation. Other areas with high retail crime include Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tampa, Orlando, Washington, and northern New Jersey.  The survey says that larger amounts of merchandise are being stolen from stores, but the number of retail establishments being hit by crime has declined. 

Hyped up law enforcement has helped reduce the percentage of merchants who reported being hit by criminals from 92.2 percent in 2009 to 89.5 percent this year to date.  An executive with the NRF says, however, that criminals are becoming

more brazen with sophisticated theft rings and more aggressive tactics to intimidate store employees.  Criminal activity is estimated to cost U.S. merchants $15 to $30 billion annually.

More than 48 percent of retailers said they are spending more money to fight crime.  That’s up from 41.8 percent last year.  In addition, they are putting thousands into lobbying lawmakers and the Obama Administration to crack down more heavily on organized crime. 

HERE COME THE BRIDESMAIDS (EEKS):  Who would ever, ever wear a bridesmaid dress to a dance, a dinner party, or any other formal occasion once the wedding is over?  Let’s face it:  Once that one big event comes to an end, the quicker you get rid of that monstrosity dress the better!  Bridesmaid dresses have long been unattractive.  Often, they are an embarrassment to the ladies who pay for and wear them. 

   –Well…things could be changing.

The bridesmaid dresses of yesteryear are on the way out. Suddenly, attractive colors are being shown for these dresses, along with sophisticated lines and designs that flatter rather than detract from the wearer. Beautiful blush tones such as those recently introduced in high designer lines have trickled down into bridesmaid dresses, and the effect is often stunning. Pale pinks, pale beiges and soft blues are all a welcome replacement for the garish colors long used in these frocks.

Why it has taken so long to transform these dresses into multi-wear gowns is a mystery, but at least the change is finally taking place.  The idea would seem to be that a friend (i.e., the bride) shouldn’t make friends (i.e., the bridesmaids) buy dresses that will only get one use.

Cynthia Rowley has included a number of good looking bridesmaid dresses in her first-ever bridal collection.  They feature strapless signature cuts, feminine cocktail skirts, and handsome soft colorations. From Vera Wang, one of the fine doyennes of bridal wear, comes a bridesmaid dress that combines the beauty of classical Greek styling with the sleek refinement of modern design.  Done in soft peach, the crinkled chiffon can be worn dressed up or down, depending on the wearer.  It can also be handsomely personalized by jewelry!

HERE ARE SOME FASHION ACCESSORIES THAT WILL ADD CHARM AND PERSONALITY TO ANY NEW BRIDESMAID DRESS:

 

Comments (0) Posted by Mary McGarry on Thursday, June 24th, 2010

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GOLD! WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF ANOTHER GOLD RUSH and it could make the California (1848-1855) look almost infantile.  Well, OK…that may be an exaggeration, but gold is hot and pricey and still going up, up, up on the exchange charts.  A bad economy, with no indication of when it will get better, doesn’t help most people’s pocketbooks.  But oh…is it good for gold!

You see, gold is the ultimate default setting. People flock to gold when their money loses value, or when their economy goes south, or when their investment vehicles look hazy.  Gold is then the big safety zone.  A few gold bars under the pillow at night will certainly help anybody sleep better in bad times. Right now, the price of gold is high.  But, you really should understand something about the value of gold in both good and bad times, especially if you are in any part of the jewelry or fashion industry.  Gold captures men’s hearts and minds, and many will sell their souls for it!

 

Let’s set up a “pretend” situation in which you have several pieces of gold to sell.  Follow these instructions and you’ll find out the gold value of jewelry, and be able to calculate the value of any piece of gold you or your customers might have.

BUT FIRST… HOW ABOUT CALCULATING THE BUYING POWER OF FASHION GOLD — REAL OR FAUX – IN FASHION AND ACCESSORIES?  GOLD, GOLD DUST, GOLD THREADS, GOLD LAME, YOU NAME IT.  EVERYBODY WANTS A TOUCH OF GOLD.  HERE ARE SOME PRODUCTS TO STIMULATE THE MIDAS-MENTALITY:

 

 

                                                   Figuring It All Out

ALL GOLD IS WORTH the same price, no matter whom you sell it to.  But getting the same price from everybody is just about impossible!  If you are going to buy or sell gold, or otherwise just deal with it as a retailer, there is a bevy of things you’ll want to know, not the least of which is the going rate for gold.   

You also have to understand karats.  24 karats, for example is 99.9 percent pure gold.  It is also very soft, which is why it is rarely used for jewelry.  18 karats is 75 percent pure, and it is the preferred jewelry gold in Europe.  14 karat gold, which is mainly used in the United States, is 58.33 percent pure.  And 10 karat gold is 41.6 percent gold, sometimes loosely referred to as “gold-filled”.

Gold is priced by the troy ounce.  So, you ask, what the devil is that?  A troy ounce is not the same as an avoirdupois ounce!  A troy ounce equals 31.1 grams, and is somewhat heavier than an avoirdupois ounce, which is 28.3 grams.  Don’t confuse these two, because it can give you very different idea of what your gold is worth if you do!  To make things easier, you can get a conversion table on the Internet.  Try Yahoo.

Some commercial buyers give a gold seller an offer in pennyweights, to be more exact.  A pennyweight is a unit of mass, which is the same as 24 grains, or 1/20th of a troy ounce, or approximately 1.555 grams. Once you get the exact weight of your gold, you can multiply that by the amount of gold in the karats, and then multiply that answer by the present cost of gold, listed on many financial websites.  Sounds good?  Well, you aren’t home yet!

First of all, you really can’t hold fast to any formula that promises to tell you what you should get for your gold.  This is an Iffy market, and not everybody is ethically pure.  (Or did we really have to tell you that?)  Then, too, the value of gold changes from day to day.  What gold sold for yesterday may have little relation to its selling price today.

And, then, there are also costs involved.  So, once you have the value of your gold jewelry, you have to reduce it by the percentage that the buyer will take, which is normally 25 to 30 percent.  Double check this carefully!  You also have to consider a small percentage that the refiner will take, as well.

                                                 The Big Gold Formula!

Figuring the value of the gold in jewelry takes a few a simple calculations. 

  1. Weigh the jewelry.  If you don’t have a jeweler’s scale, use a regular kitchen scale that weighs in grams.
  2. Convert the weight of the jewelry into troy ounces.  A troy ounce is 31.1.3 grams.
  3. Multiply the weight of the jewelry by the amount of gold in the karats; i.e., 10 karats = 41.6% gold.                        That will give you a formula of : Weight (in troy ounces) X .416.(amount of gold in the karats)
  4. Multiply your answer times the present cost of gold (available on many financial websites) and you’ve got the sale              

value of your jewelry.

                                        Gold and Fashion Accessories

IT ISN’T SURPRISING that when the value of a gold bar goes up, so does interest in gold of all sorts.  Right now, gold is a big mover in the fashion industry.  Gold-plate is in high demand in fashion jewelry.  Gold lame and gold sequins are part of a new look in jewelry and costume couture, all very glitzy-ritz, and classy.

Valentino, Proenza Schouler, and Miu Miu are just a few of the top designers working with brilliant gold coloring for handbags. Dsquared2 presented a dynamic gold statement necklace as part of his runway show for Fall 2010. Balmain jazzed up a brilliantly colored military outfit with gold braid and buttons, real showstoppers in his runway presentation.

WHO DOESN’T ADORE GOLD?  HERE ARE SOME TERRIFIC PRODUCTS TO HELP YOU GLITTER-UP YOUR FASHION CLOSET, ALL AT REMARKABLE PRICES:

 

Comments (0) Posted by Mary McGarry on Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

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Is the fashion industry finally coming to its senses about a model’s age and body size?  These are not easy issues to tackle. But, in a panel discussion on the fashion industry’s response to weight and wellness held recently at Harvard Business School, Michael Kors admitted to the industry’s role in causing eating disorders and further said he will no longer hire models under the age of 16. 

“We are talking about children and the pressures on them are horrendous,” he asserted.  Kors urged customers not to buy “from companies whose imagery turns you off.  If you think what they are showing is ridiculous, say so.”

The weight and age of models is a subject that the fashion industry has long attempted to side-skirt rather than fully admitting its own complicity in the problem. Now, all of that may be changing.

First, however, just consider this: Minimal eating disorders affect an estimated 8 to 10 million people in the United States.  What’s more, women suffering from anorexia nervosa have a nine-fold greater risk of death and a 57-fold risk of suicide than other, unaffected women their age.

                                         Babes in the Limelight

Yet, despite these figures, the fashion industry has continued to show its designers’ lines on models who are frighteningly thin, and very often many years younger than they are ostensibly presented to be.  A 15- or 16- year old girl who wishes to model for a top designer is more often than not emotionally fragile where weight and overall appearance is concerned. If she gains a pound, she loses the job. 

ONE GOOD THING ABOUT FASHION ACCESSORIES IS THAT YOU CAN

OBSESS ABOUT THEM ALL YOU WANT AND YOU WON’T PUT ON AN OUNCE.  JUST LOOK AT THESE PRODUCTS:

 

 

“Each and every one of us needs to realize we are all responsible for models’ health,” declared Vogue editor in-chief Anna Wintour, another panel member.  She said that in the last ten years, the industry’s preference for extreme thinness has “eroded the models’ clout.” 

Because of the demand for ultra thinness, many models find themselves out-of-date once they fill out and develop more womanly figures.  With their careers over, these models just don’t have enough time to develop a public persona as did the super models of the 90s.  Consequently, they don’t get the photo jobs for magazine covers and layouts; instead, these jobs tend to go to actresses.

So. is there any end in sight for this industry habit? A handful of designers and media people hope so.  Wintour says her magazine does not use Photoshop to make girls look thinner than they are.  And, her magazine has made a commitment to try and show models with a variety of body shapes.  Sounds good.  But is it real?

                                   Some Positive Changes

Well, Karl Lagerfeld’s plus-size Crystal Renn is on the rise as a fashionable in-demand model..  Prada and several other international designers have cast curvier models for their fall runway shows.  Marc Jacobs even cast a 46-year-old model for his runway show. And Wintour will continue editing special Vogue editions dealing with both anorexia and plus-sizes.

In the meantime, as one industry publication put it, “Despite public opinion, Marc Jacobs didn’t cast the buxom swimsuit babes and others on his fall Louis Vuitton runway.”  Oh, gee.

In the long run, it still looks like skinny young babes rule the fashion runways.  The reason:  They make the clothes look better than older, more developed models do. Women like to fantasize themselves as very young and thin.  Men like to fantasize about youth, period.  Put it all together and these are hard facts to fight.  

LET’S HOPE THE FASHION INDUSTRY WILL CONTINUE TO WORK HARD TO STOP THE ANOREXIA SO PREVALENT IN THE INDUSTRY.  ONE SMART WAY TO DO THAT IS TO PROMOTE THE PRODUCT AND THE BEAUTY OF THE PRODUCT OVER MAKING EXTREME DEMANDS ON MODELS.  HERE ARE SOME GREAT PRODUCTS TO GET STARTED WITH:

 

Comments (0) Posted by Mary McGarry on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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WHADDAYAKNOW?  Macy’s Herald Square is finally going to get that long awaited facelift and everybody in retailing is waiting with baited breath to find out what it is going to look like.  Remember back when the recession was just getting started, Macy’s had grandiose plans for its flagship store, plans that were scrapped as a result of the economy.  Well, now everything is back on track, and the plans look exciting.

 

The renovation has been badly needed for some time now.  On one hand, the store’s façade is famous around the world; after all, this is where Santa Claus makes his impressive arrival at the end of the Macy’s Day Parade each year.  It also holds national landmark status and is a top must-see spot on tourists’ rounds of the City.  So, even though work is needed, change is if-y, although necessary.

Macy’s says the renovation will include a whole new façade, along with major electrical work and work in smaller spaces, such as bathrooms.  Based on income and business, the work will most likely proceed to individual departments and floors in ensuing years.  So expect this design reconstruction to go on for some time!

 

                                            Major Tourist Draw

Macy’s Herald Square gets more traffic than any other store in the City.  If that’s not enough, it ranks as having one of the largest numbers of shoppers of any store in the world.  That’s something!  The store averages 25- to 35,000 shoppers per day, and that number jumps up to about 75,000 on holidays. All that being said, it doesn’t change the fact that Macy’s is still badly in need of a spruce up.  

But. before we go on, some more interesting facts:  Macy’s moved to the site on Manhattan’s 34th Street back in 1902.  The store has more than 2 million gross square feet, and is still considered the largest store in the world. The store still has its original wood escalators, installed in 1902.

MACY’S HAS ALWAYS BEEN A MAJOR RETAIL FACTOR IN ACCESSORIES.  HERE ARE SOME PRODUCTS WITH A NEW YORK AESTHETE, FOR THOSE OF YOU LOOKING FOR THAT BRAND OF SOPHISTICATION:

 

 

 

 

                                               More Facelifts

Macy’s Herald Square isn’t the only store in the area with renovation going on or proposed.  Lord & Taylor, just a few blocks north, has work in progress on its main and 10th floors.  Saks Fifth Avenue, also a slightly northern neighbor, has just recently completed extensive renovation in several of its departments.  And Bloomingdale’s at 59th Street and Lexington has recently set in motion some important renovation work on its splashy first floor, as well as other parts of the store.

   –Among other things, this planned expenditure of millions of renovation dollars by New York stores is an encouraging sign that they expect business to be good, and better than good, over the next few years.  Otherwise, why would they be laying out that kind of cash?

 

                      

          ACCESSORIES LOOK GOOD WITH NEW COUNTRY STYLING

Moving away from New York City, have you gotten a good look at some of the fashion apparel and accessories coming for fall and winter?  They are anything but urban!  Think about antiqued leather, and long-lasting metal for materials. 

Among the newest products is a collection by Modern Vintage and London handbag brand Jas. M.  Included are the Fold Away carryall, and the Everyday, a briefcase and cross-body combo.  An executive for Modern Vintage said, “These are for that trendy girl that wants a bag, but doesn’t want what everybody else has with names and logos all over it.”

More on the woodland trail:  Leather cuffs.  String leather bracelets.  Earthy, all-natural looking gemstone pendants.  Long chains.  Interesting take-offs on Army dog tags.  Men’s watches for girls. Circles, stars, and military signs.  Little leather and suede gloves, some fingerless.  Heavy knits. And more than a lot of vintage!

HERE ARE SOME GREAT ACCESSORIES FOR THE COUNTRY LOOK:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (0) Posted by Mary McGarry on Thursday, May 20th, 2010