Sounds like Sky Valet is going after the high-end market rather aggressively. Â I'm curious to see how that's going to work in a city where Ferragamo main line is considered "high end."
I think DC is starved for a store like Sky Valet -- for a place selling more high-end men's shoes. Â DC is definitely not just a place for government employees and poor Hill staffers. Â There are lots of people with money who would appreciate high-end men's shoes: -- lawyers -- lobbyists (who are probably the best dressed men in town, other than perhaps the salesmen at N-M) -- high tech execs from No. VA -- doctors (lots of hospitals in the DC area) -- corp. execs. (think AOL, Marriott, GEICO, Mars, etc.) -- not to mention the various starving students who like expensive shoes. Â
Recall that in the last three or four years, both an Alden and an Allen-Edmonds store have opened downtown. Â The Georgetown Polo store now carries a pretty broad line of the C&J RL shoes, along with a couple of RLPL/EG ones. Â Relish now carries Lobb. Â Those will help the move upmarket IMO. Â Neiman-Marcus and Saks, with Zegna Couture, Ferragamo and Gucci as their "top" offerings, are just ... pathetic. Â At least the Tysons NM carries a few Lobbs. Furthermore, note that many of the Savile Row tailors have one or two annual stops in DC. I think Cleverley (shoes) comes to DC each year too. The message -- men in DC are not averse to spending money to wear the best.