Gallery: Luxury Knitting
Filed under: Apparel
Online retailer Bluefly.com is doing its best to keep shoppers coming back. Over the last couple years they have run racy television ads to lure consumers, now after some new financing they have launched a new boutique within the main retailer. B*fly is a new boutique aimed at the younger crowd. It carries trendy separates for men and women that focus on contemporary trends at reasonable prices. The new store mirrors a move that some bricks and mortar stores such as Barney's with their Co-op and Neiman Marcus with their Cusp stores. Will it be enough to boost the online retailer, which has reported a weak fourth quarter and has released lowered expectations for the coming year?
Filed under: Apparel
Banana Republic is stepping up the luxury by launching their newest line called BR Monogram. The new high-end collection will have all the goodness of traditional Banana Republic, but with a boost in the quality of the fabrics used and better tailoring. This quality upgrade will also mean a pricing upgrade (BR Monogram items cost an average of 30-40% more than the rest of Banana's items) plus there will hopefully be stand-alone BR Monogram boutiques around the country very soon -- the first one just opened in New York.
Gallery: BR Monogram
Filed under: Services
It seems like the price of movie tickets is getting ever more expensive, but would you be willing to pay even more if it meant luxury amenities like plush reserved seating with waiter service and upscale food and drink options? I would! At least sometimes anyway. It would totally make going to a movie feel more like going to a "show."
Village Roadshow Gold Class Cinemas is opening a luxury movie theater later this year in Chicago that will offer just those amenities, along with others like seating limited to 40 people and special parking privileges, for ticket prices of just $35 each.
That's pretty steep for a movie, but they're not expecting that to deter the luxury crowd -- plans are already in the works for 20+ more Gold Class Cinemas around the country by 2010.
Filed under: Wings
[via Casa Dubai]
When I was growing up the shopping mall was the place to hang out, but the mall is quickly becoming a relic from the 1970s and 1980s. In fact, the last enclosed shopping mall in the U.S. was built in 2006. The trend these days is for open-air shopping in a center that offers a mix of high-end national retailers, restaurants and entertainment. Instead of being devoted to shopping exclusively these centers tap into the "shopping as a lifestyle" trend that is popular with all level of consumers. It seems to be a direct reversal of the trend in the 1980s in which the strip mall centers and standalone stores found themselves suffering. At that time many retailers moved in to malls simply because that was where everyone was.
Some malls in the United States are currently in a state of decline. The first thing that happens often is that the big department store anchor closes down. This often forces the smaller stores out of business because there is less foot traffic. For stores without an exterior entrance it is particularly hard to lure shoppers in. The problem is so virulent there are even websites such as Deadmalls.com which pay homage to the fallen.
A fascinating article in the Economist also chronicles the dying mall syndrome and also mentions Rick Caruso, the man currently tearing up the streets near my home in Glendale,CA. Glendale is already home to a huge mall, the Glendale Galleria. Right next to it, Caruos is building a 16-acre development that includes a public square and apartments. Caruso has already created a similar center at The Grove in Los Angeles and is planning another in Arcadia, CA. What is particularly interesting about the article in the Economist is the comparison between Caruso and Victor Gruen, the creator of the first enclosed shopping mall in the U.S. Both were looking to create an idealized city center that would offer shopping but also a place to converge, a sort of modern town square. Gruen's enclosed malls tended to pull people of out downtown areas and into the suburban areas. Now Caruso comes in years later offering an idealized version of a city street causing people to abandon the malls. I wonder if in another 20 years the open-air shopping centers will go through the same life cycle.
Filed under: Events
Sure, you've got your own home theater but every once in a while you need to get out and see a movie in the theater. In Los Angeles we've got the Arclight. Soon the Dolphin Mall will soon offer Miami- Dade County's first premium movie theater with dining, cocktails, reserved luxury seating and digital projection. The 20,000-square-foot cinema will be down the hall from the existing Cobb Theatres Dolphin 19 theater complex and will have five digital screens, a restaurant, an outdoor dining patio and a bar. Each theater has just 75 to 125 leather seats with wood table armrests. There is a tapas style menu and you can order a glass of wine or cocktail before the movie starts. Tickets will be in the $15 to $18 range and it is expected to open next spring.
Filed under: Spirits
Based on his choice spirit Bombay Sapphire, the drink also includes grapefruit juice, Campari, lime, and champagne. See the complete recipe here, and think: what would your signature cocktail be?
Filed under: Spirits