We thought we would start this evening with a look at a brand heretofore unknown to The Princess: Kiel James Patrick.
As described by the designer:
“Kiel James Patrick irregularly stitched bracelets, are individually created solely by the designer from the finest vintage materials. Fabrics are meticulously hand-selected to uphold classic New England motifs.”
Their are a number of brightly-colored collections. The site also offers scarves:
The scarves are original designs by Mr. Patrick, 100% Virgin wool, and bound using silk and cotton.
Next, some readers may remember our story about Tiffany opening its FiDi store a little more than a year ago.
Situated in the heart of the Financial District (the store is actually on Wall Street), the opening was awash in fanfare and frivolity. The Princess was quite enamored of the Tiffany blue gowns, despite the wrinkles, really unforgiveable under the circumstances.)
Initially things went swimmingly. But in a recent story on the Portfolio website, some say this location isn’t exactly the best place to be right now for high-end retailers. A snippet from the story:
“Sales are already softening at downtown boutiques just as the all-important holiday shopping season gets underway, and the outlook is grim.”
Tiffany’s neighbors Thomas Pink and Hermès and luxury luggage-maker Tumi are said to be suffering, along with Canali, who just opened last spring over on Broad Street. (They do incredible menswear, especially tailored apparel, although the styles are generally a tad too ‘hip’ for the Princess Consort.)
Business publisher Crain’s had a story a few weeks back looking at how ‘luxury retailers’ will weather the tough economy:
“Midtown stores such as Saks and Barneys, both of which are located not far from Lehman Brothers’ 49th Street and Seventh Avenue former headquarters, will be hurt by the market turmoil and massive layoffs. Saks’ flagship Fifth Avenue store accounts for about 20% of the company’s total revenues.”
“Some mid-to upper-end stores, like Coach, which has 10 stores in Manhattan, may stay afloat due to the trading down effect. Shoppers could be more apt to purchase a Coach handbag, retailing for between $200 and $500, than a Prada bowler bag at Barneys which sells for more than $1,900.”
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Grins & Giggles until next time!