The Leader in Vintage Luxury has partnered with Bloomingdales

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Written by Zachary Weiss of the Observer

Seth and his co-founder Gerard Maione’s 23 years of dedication to the vintage world have finally paid off in the most recent addition to Bloomingdale’s Soho store, where What Goes Around Comes Around will debut a permanent shop-in-shop on the retailer’s second floor today. While the accessories-driven shop will include small leather goods and handbags from Céline and Balenciaga, roughly 50 to 60 precent of the merchandise will be comprised of Hermès goods ranging from enamel jewelry and watches to home goods and coveted handbags, which Weisser considers the ultimate blue chip investment. “The luxury market is totally homogenized,” Weisser said as we perused his racks. “Every store, no matter where in the world you are, has the same stuff. We have a wall of Chanel with hundreds of bags and garments from 1994 to 2008, and sometimes you end up buying the bag for less than you would in the store, with the exception of Hermès. It doesn’t need to be a Birkin or a Kelly bag. Their products are always going up in value.” 

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This partnership with Bloomingdale’s is part of yet another expansion of What Goes Around Comes Around’s strategic growth, as they are also opening a flagship store in Beverly Hills, California, later this month, and a new Miami location following shortly after in September, all of which will surely pack with bold faced names on the hunt for rare goods.  “We don’t really loan to celebrities, we sell to to celebrities,” said Weisser. “They want stuff no one else can have, and they can never be gifted. They are discerning shoppers and are willing to purchase the most coveted items.

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The Leader in Vintage Luxury has partnered with Bloomingdales

Metallica x Brioni

Metallica-2016-Brioni-Campaign-001Many spectators were uncertain of the fate with YSL when Hedi Sliman decided to remove the founders first name Yves from the label. Hedi also discounted any merchandise bearing the YSL logo. Gucci was also looked upon as brand in trouble without a clear roadmap ahead. Today, Saint Laurent and Gucci are the hottest names in luxury! This type of disruption is what fashion houses’ need to move forward and remain relevant.

I BELIEVE BRIONI IS ABOUT TO BE THE HOTTEST MENSWEAR BRAND (in the traditional sartorial space i.e. Ermenegildo Zegna, Canali, Salvatore Ferragamo, Isaia, etc.)

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Metallica x Brioni

Cowboy Luxury

The luxury retail business has always been much a part of Texas as the oil business. Neiman Marcus, an American luxury department store founded in 1907 in Dallas, TX, introduced luxury fashion to Texans. Neiman Marcus sold quality clothing that was not commonly found in Texas and allowed Oil-rich Texans to flaunt their wealth in a more sophisticated fashion.

Presently, Texas remains an important market for luxury retail with no signs of slowing down. Within the past five years, Texas has witnessed an influx of new luxury store openings, renovations, and new shopping centers. Dallas and Houston are the biggest luxury markets in Texas.

Highland Park Village 

In 1907, around the same time Neiman Marcus was founded, the town Highland Park Village was established. Highland Park Village is America’s first shopping center and the prototype for shopping centers across the USA. Commonly referred to the Beverly Hills of Texas, Highland Park Village has become one of the most beautiful communities in the nation.

Mega French fashion house Christian Dior, debuted the second Dior Beauty Boutique in the USA at Highland Park Village. The Dior Beauty Boutique is approx. 600 square-foot and is located just a few doors down from the full-line Dior boutique, which opened just two years ago. Dior Beauty includes both product and the famous Dior Cabine, a spa room lead by a certified beauty specialist by the Dior Institut.

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(Image via Paper City Mag)

Another major French Fashion House, Hermes of Paris, recently renovated and expanded its Highland Park location. Hermes introduce a new second level, giving the new boutique a much larger space to showcase all 16 product categories including the growing furniture and home accessories collection.

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(Images via Yelp)

Other major fashion brands to open at Highland Park Village within two years, include Celine, Saint Laurent, Brunello Cucinelli and James Perse. With a great retail mix, I view Highland Park Village as a blend between Melrose and Rodeo Drive, but without the LA craziness.

River Oaks District 

The Houston Galleria has been a long time destination for luxury shopping and is the nation’s fourth largest shopping mall, but now there is a new threat to The Galleria. After two years of development, Houston’s highly anticipated shopping center River Oaks District is finally opened. Located in the heart of Houston and less than two miles away from The Galleria. Many luxury brands had closed their Galleria location to open at River Oaks, for other luxury brands this their first boutique in Houston. Only about 80% of the shopping center is open, many new attractions to come.

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(Images via Oliver McMillan)

My excitement for this new shopping started when I first broke news about River Oaks one year ago. The River Oaks District is a collection of luxury retail, dining, and entertainment in an outdoor environment.

Cowboy Luxury

Loro Piana Saves the Vicuña

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The vicuña is a small camelid that lives in the Andes and is the source of a precious treasure: it produces the rarest and very finest fiber in the world. Thanks to a partnership initiated by Loro Piana in 1984 the future of this endangered species has been safeguarded. This good project resonates with Loro Piana’s  longstanding commitments to protecting the environment.

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Loro Piana Saves the Vicuña

Neapolitan tailoring has arrived in Beverly Hills

This past week, Naples-based menswear label ISAIA brings its storied heritage of Italian tailoring to Beverly Hills. This is the first U.S. shop with plans to open a second location on Madison Avenue in September with e-commerce to follow.

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Neapolitan tailoring has arrived in Beverly Hills

Maison Louis Vuitton, Rodeo Drive

After a year-long renovation, the new Louis Vuitton store is now open. Designed by architect Peter Marino, notably known for creating the majority of luxury retail.

The newly imagined space strikes a head-turning presence, with wending stainless-steel and lacquered ivory “ribbons” outside of its first floor, an all-glass layer on its second, and a third floor tiled in sheer fabric panels, patterned in a brick-like formation and placed at random—a patchwork reminiscent of the swirling ’70s prints that were seen coming down the runway at the Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear show.

“We’ve been a landmark destination in the neighborhood for more than 30 years. It’s important that this new store represents innovation, craftsmanship, superior quality and heritage.” – Anthony Ledru, President & CEO of Louis Vuitton Americas

Customization is king in luxury! The ground floor is occupied with an Haute Maroquinerie salon, one of only a handful of leather shops of its kind in the U.S. Here, monogramming and hard-sided luggage painting are on offer. On the second floor lies the men’s universe, complete with bespoke shoes and belts.

I have to say I was a bit disappointed about Louis Vuitton not sticking to the original plans for Rodeo Drive. When parent company LVMH purchased the Luxury Italian House Bvlgari, the company moved the Bvlgari store up the street into a newly designed store. The old Bvlgari store was right next door to Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton was then going to occupy that entire block on Rodeo Drive, a dedicated Men’s and Women’s Store. It would have been the largest Louis Vuitton store combined. Making it the ultimate shopping destination for world class travelers.

Below is a rendering of the original plans. The facade of the Men’s store would have appeared to be a shade of brown. The Women’s store would have been the same as now.

295 N. Rodeo Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone: 310‑859-0457

Maison Louis Vuitton, Rodeo Drive

The Largest Chanel Boutique in the World (Men’s Collection is Coming)

Walk by the four-floor flagship boutique, including the VIP room, on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and you will see how packed the Chanel store is with tourist and locals. As a result of demand, the French giant purchased the Lladro building next door in 2013 and reportedly paid more $100 million for the 13,317-square-foot property.

Rumor has it that Chanel will transform its existing location into a dedicated Watches & Fine Jewelry boutique. The Lladro building will feature Women’s ready-to-wear, footwear, leather goods and fashion accessories. Also, it will feature for the first time a full collection of Men’s products. Two buildings combine will it be the largest Chanel Boutique in the world.

However, Chanel has not yet begun construction on its reported expansion.

It had also been said that Chanel will occupy the former Bebe space for 2-3 years during the renovation. That will definitely be a challenge for the company and employees of the store to operate efficiently in a space about half their size now.

The Largest Chanel Boutique in the World (Men’s Collection is Coming)